Firefly is fully compliant with the EPA Universal Waste Rule established May 11, 1995. The Rule can be found under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Codified Title #40 Part 273.2. We also adhere to other Federal mandates, regulations and guidelines for responsible, green recycling.
Firefly follows the three principal processes for e-waste as described by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
These processes are listed below:
If excess IT assets are in good working condition, they are cleaned up and returned to service. If the assets are not in good condition, they are disassembled and working parts of said assets are able to be utilized.
Some IT assets can be reconditioned or repaired and returned to service.
When IT assets reach their end-of-life, they are sent to processing facilities that recover and recycle the reusable materials.
The percentage of wireless phone and PDA weight that can be diverted from a landfill is currently estimated to be over 96%. Over the coming years that number will only go up due to the fact that most manufacturers are using less and less of the non-recyclable PVC plastic. The majority of IT assets manufactured today are housed in a mixture of metal and ABS plastic, both of which are 100% recyclable.
Firefly takes complete environmental responsibility for everything we purchase from our clients. Firefly has established an environmental policy stating that no IT asset e-waste (non-working handset, boards, batteries and accessories) will be sent to solid waste landfills and that no wireless e-waste will be processed in developing countries. All Firefly recycling partners ensure that all downstream smelting and refining operations meet or exceed all applicable environmental regulations.