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GSA Administrator Martha Johnson Visits Kentucky Electronics Recycler

Federal government recycling its electronics could mean big business for companies.

GSA# 10812

Aug. 9, 2011
Sara Merriam, 202-501-1231

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Today, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson visited Global Environmental Services, an electronics recycling company in Georgetown, Ky. Johnson visited GES to tour the facility and discuss opportunities created by a recent announcement that all government electronics must be either reused or recycled by a certified recycler.

“By some estimates, the federal government goes through 10,000 computers a week. Requiring that each of those machines end their useful lives at a certified recycler could mean big business,” said Johnson. “Ultimately, the federal government is set on making the country’s largest consumer of electronics the country’s most responsible user of electronics.”

Certified electronics recyclers can anticipate a wealth of opportunities in working for the U.S. government.

"Such opportunities will inevitably create job growth, thus stimulating our economy at a time when it certainly needs it,” said Global Environmental Services CEO Kenny Gravitt.

On July 20, GSA teamed with the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality to release the Obama administration’s “National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship” – a strategy for responsible electronic design, purchasing, management, and recycling that will promote the burgeoning electronics recycling market and jobs of the future here at home.

As the federal government’s centralized procurement arm, GSA is responsible for $65 billion a year in procurements, including $3 billion in information technology equipment. The administration’s strategy calls on GSA to encourage the more environmentally friendly design of electronic products and to direct federal agencies to reuse or recycle discarded electronics at a certified recycler.

Global Environmental Services is an electronics recycler with a state-of-the-art 70,000-square-foot facility employing 60 people in Kentucky’s heartland.

Click here
to read Administrator Johnson's remarks at the July 20, 2011 announcement.

Click here for more information on GSA’s electronic stewardship goals and promoting federal agencies’ purchasing environmentally preferable products.

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