B & K Technology Solutions Inc, DBA Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR) Jan 18, 2018
In response to allegations against ATR for Directly Exporting an LCD, ATR’s “Factual” response is listed below:
It is unfortunate ATR has been named in what we can only describe as a battle of standards and a “witch hunt” against R2 Certified Companies. As stated in the published report released January 18, 2018, 60 tracking devices were placed of which 5 were with E-Stewards Certified companies. ATR was targeted previously in the State of Michigan during the initial deployment of trackers and was found to have domestically processed this material. We believe it is no coincidence ATR was specifically targeted while our local Grand Rapids Michigan E-Stewards certified competition was also omitted from being placed in this expose. This repeated attempt to discredit companies not willing to certify to the E-Stewards standards and specifically targeting only ATR in cities such as Grand Rapids MI and San Antonio TX where E-Stewards companies also exist is clear evidence to us this is less about E-Scrap processing and more about attempting to discredit a competing standard.
The alleged exporting of an LCD in question could have passed through our San Antonio Facility on July 5th, 2017. All residential LCD’s subsequently received are inspected for physical screen damage and then failing undamaged units are resold under the R2 Standard of “Evaluated and Non-Functioning, R2/Ready for Repair” and prepared for shipment to a refurbishing company domestically located in the U.S. ATR has all supporting documentation for a shipment originating from San Antonio TX to Chicago Illinois of this type of material consisting of 8 Skids. These skids were shipped LTL (less than load) using a national LTL Freight Carrier. The GPS Coordinates presented in the report show interstate I-35 Dallas TX, which is very confusing to us. Since our shipment was sent via a LTL carrier, we are certain it would have passed through at least one if not more distribution centers where it would have been switched from truck to truck and finally arrived in the Chicago area warehouse. Supporting documents exist showing this is the only shipment of LCD’s originating from that facility since July 5th, 2017 tested to the standard of “Evaluated and Non-Functioning, R2/Ready for Repair”. ATR sold LCD material of all 3 R2 categories to the same company located in Chicago, who we had previously vetted, have documentation on their export policy of working devices, policies stating they inspect and refurbish non working units, and will return any non working material to ATR or another certified R2 compliant company for final disposition. Additionally, this downstream vendor doesn’t accept any broken LCD’s, Bezels, or major damaged LCD for purchase. ATR does not sell any LCD damaged “scrap” for refurbishing or exporting but domestically processes in the U.S. This demonstrates ATR DOES NOT directly export any material. It is our intention, belief, and our diligence shows all working and non working material was being inspected, was qualified as a candidate for potential refurbishing and repair, would be repaired as needed, and then potentially could be exported and resold ONLY as working LCD’s based on current market strengths and demands for functioning LCD’s both domestically as well as globally. The GPS Coordinates presented in the report show interstate I-35 near Dallas illustrating how inaccurate this tracking system is.
ATR implemented a change management enterprise wide last fall as part of our continuous improvement process to functionally test all LCD panels for R2 Tested for key functions, or full functions and since that time have not shipped any non working LCD’s other than final disposition using domestic downstream vetted partners. These steps were taken to further protect us from any potential smear campaigns in regards to non functioning equipment that were currently underway with this same group.
ATR is committed to transparent, responsible, and certified recycling. We hope our clients, residential partners, and suppliers will not judge us on the inaccurate accusations posted on the self serving report labeled “Scam Recycling” but judge us on the work we perform actually recycling thousands of pieces of electronics weekly. We have offered all the initial facts as per our records from our IMS system, which tracks this type of material for just this reason and would respectfully request the report labeled “Scam Recycling” be transparent and release all GPS tracking information on this tracker ID allegedly dropped off with ATR. With only coordinates pointing to Dallas Texas near I-35 there is no evidence ATR acted inappropriately, unethically, and certainly didn’t break any laws. Additionally, as we have supporting documents that show this load went to the Chicago area, where are the tracking details supporting the movement of this material from ATR to its downstream vendor, shouldn’t they be listed and do they even exist? Or are we seeing less than accurate data being reported of GPS movement via coordinates needed before making unfounded accusations?
Furthermore, we would respectfully request the Basil Action Network (BAN) release where these 60 trackers were placed so the public can review and make their own assessment of the validity of the sampling process. An accurate, transparent, and fair testing methodology would typically place equal numbers of trackers with R2, E-Steward, and uncertified companies and clearly this doesn’t appear to be the case.
In closing, these accusations are not accurate and we will defend and stand behind our statements ATR does not export scrap except to mature vetted markets for material reclamation. Our decision to become R2 Certified Recycling is solely based on the cost of certification and not the ease of being certified. ATR doesn’t believe in paying a certifying standard a fee based on revenue to be qualified to their standard such as the E-Stewards Certification. Certification fees should be based on cost to audit, perform site visits, monitor to specific standards, administrative functions, and standards development, not on how much revenue a company makes. Per their website, this fee can be as much as $90,000 dollars or more for organizations like ATR. The R2 Licensing fee is a flat fee of $1,500 per site, plus the same variable cost for auditing, and other internal cost. With 8 Certified locations, you can see the significant difference in price of $12,000 vs. an estimated cost to the E-Stewards standard.
ATR (Advanced Technology Recycling) is a US based ISO14001, R2 (Responsible Recycling), OHSAS 18001 certified Electronics Recycling company that specializes in risk mitigation for asset recovery and management. The parent company was formed in 1992 and transitioned away from traditional IT Sales/Service in 2002 after receiving (2) of the single largest grants in Illinois history in 2005 and 2006. Brodie Ehresman is one of the originating family owners of the two facilities formed in 1992 and is currently their National Business Development Manager for the US and Canada. Please direct any inquires to Brodie@atrecycle.com