A local recycling company that recently obtained one of the industry’s highest levels of certification has seen business grow by nearly 50 percent this year.
Electronic Recycling Solutions at Ninigret Industrial Depot in Tooele has a new a new contract with Deseret Industries that will bring in 50,000 pounds of recyclable material per week, or about 2.5 million pounds per year, said company owner Scott Campbell.
But that’s just one new contract, and Campbell believes there are plenty more to come.
“Next year we expect to double in size,” he said.
In the five years since Campbell opened his e-waste recycling company, he has seen the business grow from a three-employee outfit with a 10,000-square foot facility, to a 47,000-square foot facility that employs a staff of 15.
With steady sales and new clients every year, Campbell recently began the process to buy and refurbish part of a warehouse in the Ninigret Industrial Depot, where his business currently leases warehouse and office space.
Part of the success is a result of the current market, Campbell said—the number of businesses in need of electronics recycling services increases every year, and supply can’t keep up with demand. But Campbell added there are two aspects of his business that make the company stand out: His dedication to refurbish electronics in-house, which allows his company to pay more for recyclable electronics while still turning a profit, and his high level of environmental certification.
Electronic Recycling Solutions achieved Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) certification this past October, after beginning the process in early 2012. At the same time, the company also achieved ISO 9001 certification for Quality Management, and ISO 1400 certification for Environmental Management.
The designations are among the highest in the industry, Campbell said, and certified recyclers are sought out by large businesses. Between the three of them, the certifications demonstrate that a recycling company does what it has committed to do—dispose of waste responsibly, in a way that is efficient, secure and environmentally friendly.
Businesses that apply for certification are evaluated by independent auditors who not only look at that particular business’s operations, but who also track down and consider any other companies with which the recycler contracts to ensure the continued proper handling of potentially hazardous materials.
Electronic Recycling Solutions is also registered with Microsoft, which allows the company to upgrade and install Microsoft products on refurbished computers.
As the company continues to expand, Campbell said he expects to move toward increased retail sales—both of refurbished machines and of the various useable parts the company collects. He also hopes to move the company toward offering increased computer repair services.
While his interest in electronics and computers was what got him into the industry—Campbell studied computer science in college and went on to work as an electrician in the Marines—he said he is also dedicated to environmental sustainability. As a part of his warehouse refurbishment, for example, he plans to refit the entire space with LED lights, which he said are more efficient and don’t contain the harmful chemicals present in florescent bulbs.
“That’s what my business is all about—the environment,” he said.
Electronic Recycling Solutions is one of several Ninigret tenants who have expressed an interest in buying buildings in the depot this year, said Peter Corroon, a manager with Ninigret.
While the depot generally focuses on leasing warehouse and office space to local industries and businesses, Corroon said the company also hopes to make properties and industrial condos—sectional warehouses where several companies might own private portions of the building and share other areas—available to successful tenants who would like to own their own space.
The depot has seen some growth this year, with five new or expanding tenants, Corroon said. Though growth remains slow, he sees it as a sign that the local economy has begun to turn around.