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GSA Officials to Visit CloudBlue E-Waste Recycler and Creator of Green American Jobs

Federal government’s shared mission of greening the nation may boost American business; create jobs among certified electronics recyclers

October 18, 2011
Dan Cruz, 202-441-0607
dan.cruz@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Leeds and GSA’s Regional Administrator Shyam Reddy visited CloudBlue, an electronics recycling company headquartered in Norcross, Georgia.  Leeds and Reddy visited CloudBlue to tour the facility and to discuss the impact of a recent announcement that all government electronics must be either reused or recycled by a certified recycler.
 
“By some estimates, the federal government itself 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 and more jobs for companies like CloudBlue which has already created hundreds of American green jobs,” said Leeds. “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 new opportunities in working for the U.S. government including increased business ultimately resulting in the ability to expand operations and provide more jobs for each facility’s local community.

“CloudBlue has spent the last decade creating green employment opportunities across the nation while developing environmentally responsible systems for businesses and consumers to dispose of IT assets,” said Ken Beyer, CEO of CloudBlue. “We are pleased to see the federal government taking these steps and welcome the opportunity to discuss this initiative further with the GSA.”

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.

CloudBlue will end the year with over 380 employees and has created more than 250 American green jobs in the last two years.  The company employs 40 employees at their Norcross headquarters, 25 of whom were hired this year to support the increasing demand of sustainable electronics disposition services.  

Founded in 2001, CloudBlue Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of e-waste management and reverse logistics services specializing in IT hardware and consumer electronics.  These services reduce the risk, cost and complexity associated with securely disposing electronics across multiple global locations in an environmentally compliant manner while improving asset accountability and their competitive edge. With 16 locations across the country, CloudBlue manages the entire service value chain seamlessly to provide cost-effective and sustainable reverse logistics solutions for over 1,000 customer organizations.

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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