The Surplus Exchange is ISO 14001:2004 compliant. We are also the first facility in the state of Missoui officially compliant with the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment, a standard set by the Basel Action Network, the world’s only organization focused on confronting the global environmental injustice of toxic trade and its devastating impacts.
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.
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.
- 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.