Our Recycling Policy
What happens to the cell phones and electronics that are sent to ECO-CELL?
Given the shady business practices, “greenwashing” and deception that we see in the industry, we want to assure all of our customers and partner organizations that we have a strict NO LANDFILL policy, and we work with recyclers who follow a strict environmental code of ethics and conduct.
Unlike other recycling organizations, we can promise that the e-waste you send to ECO-CELL will NOT end up in someone else’s landfill — or worse.
Our recycling policy outlined below reflects our commitment to responsible stewardship and transparency.
ECO-CELL believes that the highest form of recycling is REUSE. We sell for reuse as many items as we can.
Cell phones and electronics that cannot be sold for reuse:
ECO-CELL recycles these items with Access FTC. Access aggregates the material and sends it to Materials Processing Company (MPC). MPC is both R2 and BAN Certified (certifications described below). MPC then preps the material and sends it to UMICORE in Belgium.
Accessories are recycled with an R2 and ISO 14001 certified company.
Batteries that cannot be reused are recycled with an ISO 14001, R2 Certified Recycler.
About the Standards and Certifications of ECO-CELL’S recyclers:
ISO 14000 Standards
ISO 14000 refers to a series of voluntary standards in the environmental field under development by International Organization for Standardization. ISO promotes the development and implementation of voluntary international standards, both for particular products and for environmental management issues. Included in the ISO 14000 series are the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Standard and other standards in fields such as environmental auditing, environmental performance evaluation, environmental labeling, and life-cycle assessment.
The Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices for Use in Accredited Certification Programs (PDF) is a set of guidelines for accredited certification programs to assess electronics recyclers’ environmental, worker health and safety, and security practices. Since January 2006, the EPA has facilitated a multi-stakeholder group to develop this document.