Firsts have been a common occurrence at EPC, Inc. over the years. Whether it was launching a different kind of computer company back in 1984, to the pioneering of computer sales on the now online juggernaut eBay, EPC has always had a hand in being the first to launch great new efforts. That tradition continues.
Today, EPC, Inc. was recognized by The Basel Action Network, a global toxic trade watchdog organization, as it’s first Missouri-based e-Stewards-certified across multiple sites. This certification is also the first to span EPC’s multiple facilities that includes EPC’s facilities in Earth City, Kansas City, and Stafford (Houston), Texas.
Please take a moment to read the official press release included below, and congratulations to all of the people whose dedication, hard work and very detail-oriented, long hours help to provide Missouri with a true warrior in the fight against E-waste.
EPC BECOMES FIRST MISSOURI BUSINESS TO RECEIVE MULTI-SITE E-STEWARDS CERTIFICATION
ST. LOUIS, December 20, 2011 — The Basel Action Network (ban.org), a global toxic trade watchdog organization, has announced that EPC, Inc. has achieved e-Stewards® Certification at its St. Charles headquarters, at its e-Scrap facility in Earth City, and at its facilities in Kansas City and Stafford (Houston), Texas. EPC is the first Missouri electronics recycler with multiple facilities to achieve the certification.
EPC’s facilities in Las Vegas and Columbia, SC have been recommended for certification and are expected to be officially certified by the end of 2011.
“EPC has long been committed to the strongest and most demanding environmental standards,” said Dan Fuller, founder and President of EPC. “We have built a national and international reputation on adherence to the highest ethical guidelines. Acknowledgement of our efforts by the impartial and exacting auditors of Orion Registrar is greatly appreciated by us as recognition of the dedication of our trained and motivated staff at our facilities in St. Louis, Kansas City and in metropolitan Houston.”
Setting EPC apart from others in the industry, the e-Stewards certification serves as recognition of conformance to strict operational standards including proper health and safety processes, no land-filling of toxic wastes and the protection of data-sensitive materials. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports e-Stewards certification and, along with rest of the federal government, has committed to only using certified electronics recyclers for management of electronic waste. The U.S. government is the largest generator of electronic waste in the world.
“By achieving e-Stewards certification, EPC joins an elite group of recyclers that have successfully completed rigorous independent audits to verify conformance with the highest standard for responsible e-recycling,” said BAN executive director Jim Puckett. “Only certified e-Stewards recyclers ensure customers that their hazardous electronic waste is not exported to developing countries and will be recycled in accordance with the most secure practices in the world.”
Contact: Basel Action Network
Lauren Roman, e-Stewards Business Director
Dave Beal, Vice President
About e-Stewards Certification
The e-Stewards Certification program, created by the Basel Action Network (BAN), formally recognizes electronics recyclers that adhere to environmentally and socially responsible practices when recovering hazardous electronic materials. It is the first such program backed by environmental organizations and major corporations alike. The accredited third-party audited certification program is supported by the USEPA and is endorsed by Greenpeace USA, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Electronics TakeBack Coalition and 68 other environmental organizations. It has also drawn the public support of major corporate “e-Stewards Enterprises,” including Alcoa, LG, Bank of America, Nestle and Wells Fargo.
EPC, Inc. is a recognized recycler with the State of Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the largest DNR-certified electronics waste recycling facility in Missouri. The company maintains a zero landfill policy and zero export of unprocessed equipment overseas. It is a member of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the National Recycling Coalition, the Missouri Recycling Association, the St. Louis Regional Partnership for Electronics Recovery, the Missouri Partnership for Electronics Recovery, the National Association for Information Destruction and the Investment Recovery Association.
EPC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSI Leasing, Inc., the largest independent IT leasing company in the United States. EPC offers a wide variety of PC-related services, including new and used PC systems, parts and repair services, networking design, web design, web site hosting, repairs and upgrades, and IT asset management services. For more information, contact EPC at 636-443-1999 or visit .epcusa.com. More information about CSI is available at www.csileasing.com.