AVA Environmental Policies & Services
Saturday April 20th 2013
Just in time for Earth Day 2013 AVA Recycling has updated its Environmental Policies as it reviews practices and directions in the past year, noting both achievement as well as where we’d like to improve operations. In 2012 AVA began sustainable technology partnering particularly with IT outsourcing, managed services and consulting firms to bring the value added services of proper electronics disposal and responsible recycling to their clients when decommissioning their tech equipment i.e. computers, servers, laptops, tablets, cellphones, TV’s, monitors and other obsolete machinery.
Eventually we’ve added computer and electronic servicing, repair and resale stores as public drop off points to receive consumer electronics from neighborhoods and surrounding communities.To date AVA has 15+ ‘drop off’ partners in the City of Chicago, the suburbs and Rockford area and over 10 IT referral partners and many more planned as we go through 2013. AVA is also planning to duplicate this network in the Rockford IL and Cincinnati OH area in the coming year. With this expansion and growth AVA should expect to achieve greater throughput and therefore a need to analyze more closely the choices for end market scrap vendors.
AVA’s consideration of its vendors balances financial as well as sound
environmental and regulatory compliance together. AVA has also strived to
create business relationships with as many certified R2, e-Stewards, RIO’s,
ISO 14001 and ISRI vendors as possible. Additionally AVA is seeking to
build relationships with vendors who have reputations for sending materials
to intermediary smelters that become suppliers to American manufacturers.
Our environmental policy further states:
“AVA supports initiatives for ReUse, Reduce & Reclaim that
contribute to healthy and sustainable communities that are botheconomically and environmentally sound.”
To this end AVA is proud to be an member of the Re-Use Alliance and is interested in new initiatives such as the ISRI (Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries) & CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) ‘CRT Challenge’.
AVA, as a member of the College & University Recycling Coalition has
also been proactive in helping non profits especially schools, churches
and colleges develop e-Recycling programs within our key service areas.
The AVA Institute has created an internship program which addresses e-Recycling as part of the IT curriculum in Chicago land technology schools
AVA will continue to update its environmental blog as new practices and initiatives come into effect, please visit the links below spotlighting AVA Recycling’s approach to healthier and safer communities and the planet.
At AVA everyday IS Earth Day!