Redemtech Brings Recycling Best Practices to GSA

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In October, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General issued a report in which it found that UNICOR's e-waste recycling practices were severely lacking.


At the time, Recycling Today quoted the report as follows:

Our investigation found that prior to 2009 Unicor's management of the e-waste recycling program resulted in numerous violations of health, safety and environmental laws, regulations and BOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons) policies.

Leaders in the recycling industry were disappointed, to say the least. Redemtech President Robert Houghton wrote a blog post in which he said:

It is reasonable to question whether UNICOR deserves a second chance under new management with the same old oversight. It is also reasonable to question whether a public agency should sponsor a business which by its very existence inhibits the development of the domestic electronics recycling infrastructure this country so desperately needs.

Things have improved since UNICOR has been under new management, Houghton told me in an IT Business Edge interview, but what's to keep another person at another time from taking the organization in the wrong direction again? It's that uncertainty that prompted the Columbus, Ohio-based technology change management company to seek a contract with the U.S. General Services Administration.


Last month came the announcement that Redemtech will indeed be bringing e-waste recycling best practices to the government. The contract includes purchase of refurbished equipment, information technology professional services and equipment maintenance.


Houghton told me:

The federal government is the largest IT user in the world, but their asset management practices have not necessarily kept up with their consumption of IT. There's a great deal of opportunity for the government to become more efficient and adopt policies and methods for reuse to reduce expenditures and improve sustainability-and also to be more environmentally responsible.

Redemtech hopes to do that in part by encouraging the government to adopt the e-waste recycling best practices that corporate America has used and found profitable for years. "It's a revolutionary idea-asking government to be as thrifty as private business," Houghton said.

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Feb 1, 2011 7:56 PM Judy Judy  says:

thanks for the recycling information. very helpful and informational to know

May 31, 2011 5:10 PM Sam Sam  says:

In Europe, the WEEE directive dictates how recycling should work. However, there are indeed many companies that do not stick to the WEEE directive, especially in the IT sector. Companies like www.durabilit.com guarantee that all the IT-equipment that they recycle is recycled according to the WEEE directive. They even issue a certificate to their customers to that effect.

Sep 28, 2011 5:38 PM Haul it Louisville Guy Haul it Louisville Guy  says:

This is another example of a company not setting the right example and trying to cover their buts. Question: How long do we put up with it? OK. A second chance they should be given but we should put in full force that three strikes and you are out. No more federal money for you. Do it right or do not do it at all.


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