First government body granted R2 certification

The Responsible Recycling (R2) certification for electronics recyclers has been granted to the first public body.

Waste Commission of Scott County’s Electronic Demanufacturing Facility has achieved Responsible Recycling (R2) certification Aug. 20, the facility’s operators announced.

“We are proud to be the first R2-certified facility in the state of Iowa,” Keith Krambeck, special waste manager for Waste Commission of Scott County  said in a press release dated Aug. 20. “Becoming R2-certified was one of the goals of the Commission’s Environmental, Health and Safety Management System through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. While we already had an EHSMS in place, the R2 Standard was much more rigorous and our staff worked extremely hard to meet those requirements. Because of this, we feel we have an outstanding EHSMS that will better protect our employees and better serve the needs of our customers,” he said.

The R2 certification ensures producers of electronic scrap that the obsolete computers, monitors, and other goods that the companies handling their materials are doing so in a safe, secure and responsible manner.

The Waste Commission’s facility provides e-scrap recycling services to residents and businesses in Iowa and western Illinois.

Recycling is offered free of charge to or residents of Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County, Ill. Some areas offer curbside collection of bulky items for recycling. Residents and businesses outside the two core service counties can pay a small fee, based on weight, for recycling services.

The facility accepts anything with a circuit board or cathode ray tube, including: calculators, printer cartridges (all types) Cameras, printers (ribbon, laser, ink jet), stereo equipment, mobile phones, computer peripherals, copy machines, DVD players, electric typewriters, monitor and video game equipment.

According to the agency’s website, the Waste Commission of Scott County is an inter-governmental agency established in 1972 that operates the Scott Area Landfill, Scott Area Recycling Center, Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, two Household Hazardous Material Facilities, a public education program and a Keep America Beautiful affiliate called iLivehere Quad Cities.

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