By Paul Ploumis (ScrapMonster Author)
October 16, 2015 08:38:28 AM
LEXINGTON (Scrap Monster): Kentucky-based Global Environmental Services (GES) has admitted to dumping CRTs in an illegal landfill in Scott County. The company officials have confessed that the employees had buried the electronics that were supposed to be recycled. The dump is located nearly 100 yards away from GES’s Georgetown, Ky facility.
Earlier, there were allegations that numerous wooden pallets and giant cardboard boxes filled with old televisions and other electronic were thrown into a hole, roughly 10 feet deep and at least 30 feet in diameter. Photos from the site showed rental trucks dumping CRTs into the hole.
Meantime, company officials stated that they are still not aware as to who dumped the material, but chances are that the waste dumps might have originated from the company’s CRT glass processing facility in nearby Cynthiana. The company will work with the state to investigate into the matter, Chuck Landreville, Vice President of strategic partners at GES noted in a statement. He further added that an agency is already being appointed to work on the best possible remedial action to get the issue fixed at the earliest.
As per reports, GES has withdrawn from the e-Stewards certification early this month. According to Jim Puckett, the founder of the e-Stewards certification, the company had applied for withdrawal of the certification through auditor Orion on Oct 1st, following audits conducted at the company facility during September. Also, SERI, who administers R2 certification, informed that Orion has suspended GES’s R2 certification following the allegation.
Established in 2008, Global Environmental Services is a leading nationwide electronics recycler with a state of the art 70,000 square foot facility in Kentucky's heartland and a 56,000 square foot facility in Austin, Texas. The company had recently won a contract from Kentucky State Government towards e-scrap recycling services for Executive Branch agencies and political subdivisions of the state.