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Endeavour Foundation in Redcliffe has received a top international compliance award to recognise its electronic waste management and has been awarded the certificate in a special ceremony.
Endeavour Foundation's business service in Redcliffe has been the pilot site for recycling electronic goods such as televisions, computers and mobile phones, also known as e-waste, for 18 months and it has been certified as complying with the international benchmark for environmental management, ISO 14001.
The attainment of the certificate is a contractual requirement for all recyclers engaged by the Arrangement Administrator (Federal Product Stewardship Legislation) and there are strict guidelines which must be followed to demonstrate their 'green' credentials.
There must also be compliance with the Interim Industry Standard for the collection, transportation and recycling end-of-life televisions and computers, which is expected to become an Australian Standard by the end of the year.
The Endeavour Foundation business service, based in the Redcliffe suburb of Kippa-Ring, has more than 60 supported employees working on the e-waste business and the official certification will help to develop such employment for people with a disability, according to Endeavour Foundation's General Manager of Commercial Operations, Andrew Donne.
“This ISO accreditation demonstrates our compliance with the regulations but this isn't only about growing the business for commercial reasons,” said Mr Donne.
“The success of our pilot site means we can use that as a blueprint in order to expand into other regions throughout the state and achieve significant employment and training outcomes for people with a disability.”
SAI Global, which monitors and facilitates compliance for companies around the world, is the auditor which has certified Endeavour Foundation's e-waste business in Redcliffe and the Queensland State Manager, Scott Walker, presented the certificate to Andrew Donne at the site on 4th June.