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  • Recycling Guidelines and Initiatives

    ETC is committed to fostering a healthy, safe and sustainable global environment, and pledges to help protect and conserve our natural resources through responsible corporate policies and manufacturing processes by:

    • reducing waste
    • recycling
    • engaging in safe and proper management and disposal of hazardous materials
    • maximizing the energy efficiencies of machinery, systems, and all facilities
    • investing in sustainable technologies
    • developing and manufacturing eco-friendly products
    • conducting voluntary and ongoing process assessments
    • meeting or exceeding compliance with local, national, and international environmental regulations
    • encouraging business partners to participate with ETC in these practices  


    ETC continues to invest in sustainable equipment and technologies, such as returnable shipping containers, reusable storage containers, and high-efficiency HVAC systems with energy management controls.

    Environment

     

    In 2015, ETC and its affiliates recycled: 

    • 345,684 kg  of metals (Steel, Aluminum, Copper)
    • 746,621 kg of cardboard and paper
    • 242,047 kg of glass, plastic and cans
    • 6,310 kg of electronics, computers, monitors, batteries

     

    ETC's environmental statement and the WEEE directive

    ETC is committed to preserving the earth's natural environment and contributing to sustainable practices around the world. We are dedicated to recycling all of the products we make, and strive to follow all global requirements including the European Union's WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive, which regulates the disposal of electrical equipment. Many countries within the EU and elsewhere in the world have adopted their own regulations similar to those WEEE dictates, which ETC works to follow.

    To further support these initiatives, we encourage our suppliers to comply with the directive as well. Our dealers are encouraged to recycle used ETC equipment brought in by users or direct the products to approved recycling handlers.

     

    ETC and the RoHS 2 directive

    In July of 2011 the European Union implemented a ban on new electrical and electronic equipment containing certain environmentally-sensitive materials. This directive – called RoHS 2 (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) – regulates the amount of cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, polybrominated biphenyl and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in electrical and electronic equipment, to prevent them from exceeding limits set forth by the EU.

    ETC is dedicated to following the EU RoHS directive, as well as similar legislation in individual countries around the world. Our company strives to keep the regulated substances out of our products, thereby reducing pollution and its environmental impact, as well as increasing safety when the products reach the end of their life.

     

    ETC and LEED

    Initiated in 1998, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a certification program that rates the construction and operation of buildings by their use of environmentally-friendly practices. To achieve LEED status, buildings must be shown to comply with certain criteria, such as energy efficiency.

    ETC creates lighting products with sustainability and lower electrical consumption in mind. Buildings that use this more energy-efficient technology can improve their LEED ranking. From daylight harvesting and motion sensors in architectural-lighting systems, to low-wattage lamps and reduced field-lumen output in Source Four® fixtures, ETC's equipment is among the "greenest" on the market.

    For more specific information on ETC Source Four fixture efficiency, visit Great performances – ETC lighting products.


    If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the ETC Environmental Team at ETCENVTEAM@etcconnect.com, or contact Alex Stoltz, the ETC Manufacturing Engineering Manager in the United States, at 1-608-824-5373.