Eco International to cease operations

Eco International to cease operations

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 10, 2013

The electronics recycling firm eco International will shutter at the end of 2013 after more than 20 years of doing business.

While it processed all types of computer equipment and e-scrap, eco International specialized in CRT televisions, monitors and display devices. The company is one of the processing contractors of the OEM-backed Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM), along with Creative Recycling Systems, Electronic Recyclers International, Materials Processing Corp., Total Reclaim, and Universal Recycling Technologies.

The company filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the New York Department of Labor on Sept. 27, saying it would begin winding down operations Nov. 8. Eco International will lay off all 82 employees by the end of the year and is currently working on processing the material remaining at its Vestal, New York facility. Several sources said eco International has material warehoused at a separate facility in Hallstead, Pennsylvania.

"MRM has stepped in and will cover any processing needs or obligations when necessary," says Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokeswoman Lisa Kasianowitz. "If any manufacturer in our state had contracted specifically with [eco International], they should be able to switch to another processor without any trouble."

Eco International received material from Pennsylvania as part of the state's electronic product stewardship program. According to Kasianowitz, the company has not notified the Pennsylvania DEP that it would be closing its Hallstead facility.

The news caught many in the e-scrap recycling industry off guard, with other CRT glass processors expressing surprise at both the announcement and the speed of the shutdown. Representatives of eco International did not return requests to comment by press time, nor did representatives from the State of New York.

E-Scrap News will update this story as more information becomes available.

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