Kansas City’s link between industry, charity, and the environment.
The Surplus Exchange operates out of a 38,000 square foot warehouse at 518 Santa Fe.
By 1997, we had diverted roughly 55,000 non compressed cubic yards of business waste, consisting of furniture and electronics, out of area landfills. That is roughly enough to cover an entire football field with a layer of materials 35 feet deep. In weight, this amounts to a little more than 7000 tons.
In 2005, we recycled 655 tons of just electronics. This number jumped to 805.1 tons in 2006, and has continued to grow every year.
Become an Environmental E-Champion
Educating the general public on the need to recycle electronics and reduce solid waste in the community is the key to winning our environmental battle. You can help by spreading the word. Become a Surplus Exchange E-Champion.
An E-Champion will receive alerts and updates from The Surplus Exchange. Our E-Champions help us spread the word through the community.
Just send us an e-mail to [email protected] with E-champion in the subject line. We will send you information from the EPA, The Missouri DNR, Kansas Health & Environment, as well as other sources. We will also let you know about special events, community collections and sales.
We never sell eWaste to brokers.
We will not allow any E-waste we handle to be sent to landfills or incinerators.
We have a certified Environmental Management System in place.
We never process eWaste using prison labor.
We never ship eWaste overseas as a commodity for processing.
we never sell untested equipment.
We never sell another person’s software.
We never sell another person’s data.
We ensure that our entire recycling chain, including recovery operations and smelters, meet all applicable environmental and health regulations.
We provide visible tracking of E-Waste throughout the recycling chain, which is subject to annual and random audits.
We do not use vendors who deviate from any of the above.
The Surplus Exchange is proud to announce that we are one
of the companies and non-profits that have agreed to help finance the
creation of the most rigorous social and environmental electronics recycling
standard in the United States: the e-Steward Certification Program. In
recognition of this outstanding support, BAN has deisgnated us as an e-Steward
The Surplus Exchange
The Surplus Exchange diverts consumer electronics from the waste stream insuring that the material is properly recycled in accordance with Basel Action Network guidelines. The Surplus Exchange does not use prison labor and will not ship to downstream vendors who use prison labor. The Surplus Exchange diverts office furniture, fixtures, and electronic business machines from the waste stream for distribution through reuse programs or proper recycling.
The Surplus Exchange is committed to protecting the environment of the Earth.
To minimize environmental impacts concerning our activities, products and services, we shall:-
�Comply with applicable legal requirements and Basel Action Network requirements to which The Surplus Exchange subscribes which relate to its environmental aspects. Including but not limited to: No use of prison labor in our process. No selling to brokers. No shipping overseas. No sales of untested non-working equipment. No Sales of unlicensed software.
�Prevent pollution, reduce waste and minimise the consumption of resources.
�Educate, train and motivate employees to carry out tasks in an environmentally responsible manner. Educate employees to operate in compliance with BAN Standards.
�Encourage environmental protection among suppliers and subcontractors.
�Create and participate in outreach programs to educate the community about the dangers of eWaste.
The Surplus Exchange is committed to continual improvement of environmental performance. This Policy will be communicated to all staff, contractors and suppliers, and be available for the public.
The Surplus Exchange is a 501.c.3 tax-exempt organization. Your tax-deductible donation will directly support our recycling and educational programs. We are listed in the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s DonorEdge non-profit directory, a service designed for donors and philanthropists to make sound and educated investments. To view our DonorEdge profile, or make a donation, click here.