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
in safe and proper management and disposal of hazardous materials
the energy efficiencies of machinery, systems, and all facilities
in sustainable technologies
and manufacturing eco-friendly products
voluntary and ongoing process assessments
or exceeding compliance with local, national, and international environmental
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.
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, polybrominated
diphenyl ethers, bis (2-Ethylhexl) phthalate, benzyl butyl phthalate, dibutyl
phthalate, and diisobutyl phthalate in electrical and electronic equipment, to
prevent them from exceeding limits set forth by the EU.
ETC is dedicated to
following the EU RoHS 2 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 ETCEnvironmental@etcconnect.com, or contact Alex Stoltz,
the ETC Manufacturing Engineering Manager in the United States, at