Proper disposal of mercury waste plays a crucial part of protecting our environment, so it won’t come as any surprise that, as Australia’s leading lamp recycler, Ecocycle is committed to the highest standards. That’s why we are accredited to the internationally recognised environmental management standard ISO 14001.
What may be less obvious is how our accreditation can help electricians win more business.
What is ISO 14001 Accreditation?
ISO 14001 is an international standard that helps organisations reduce the impact that their operations have on the environment. It helps to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, and incorporates a continual improvement requirement.
The commercial building sector is leading the way towards greener, more energy-efficient buildings. For example, many commercial building owners and occupiers are replacing halogen and fluorescent lighting with more efficient LED lighting.
It’s a great way to reduce energy use, but what about all that lighting waste? Disposing of fluorescent tubes into landfill creates a mercury waste problem. The disposal of light bulbs that don’t contain mercury, most of which are not hazardous, also has an environmental impact.
A Major Consideration When Tendering
As a result of their own ISO 14001 requirements, large organisations are paying closer attention to the environmental performance of their suppliers.
Imagine you are the manager responsible for awarding a contract to replace thousands of lights of various types for a large organisation. You are considering two tenders and you have your own company’s ISO 14001 program to take into account.
One proposal doesn’t say what method will be used for fluorescent tube disposal.
The other specifies that the contractor will not only recycle fluorescent tubes, but will also recycle light bulbs that don’t contain mercury as well as old light fittings.
On top of that, the contractor’s recycling partner is itself accredited to ISO 14001 and provides recycling certificates that help you demonstrate compliance with company environmental policies.
Which contractor is more likely to get the work?
Get Started Today
With our many years of experience, ISO 14001 accreditation and demonstrated commitment to environmental protection, Ecocycle is your ideal recycling partner. We can also help you comply with state energy efficiency schemes such as VEET, and provide a tailored solution for the collection of your lighting waste.
To find out how you can get accredited give us a call on 1300 32 62 92 or complete the form below, and see how our environmental credentials can benefit you and your business.