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Elkridge Business Honored for Green Leadership

E-Structors, an electronics recycling company, found ways to do without landfills this year.

An Elkridge recycling business recently received statewide recognition for its sustainable practices.

E-Structors, a business-to-business electronics recycling company located at 7575 Washington Boulevard, received the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award last week.

Officials from the state’s department of the environment, department of natural resources and department of business and economic development presented the award on June 7 to five companies for their commitment to sustainable practices, gauged by measurements like electricity consumption, propane usage and trash production.

After a year-long evaluation of its processes, E-Structors achieved the 100 percent landfill-free mark in February 2011. The company achieved this by identifying new opportunities to recycle material such as shrink wrap and broken wooden pallets. These practices have helped the Elkridge company reduce its waste from an 8-yard dumpster that was emptied daily to a single compactor that is emptied and sent to a waste-to-energy facility twice monthly.

"This award is not the end result of a journey to go green," said Michel Keough, president and co-founder of E-Structors, which is the 12th largest recycling company in the country, having processed 22 million pounds of electronics in the last two years. "This is another stepping stone along the path to a greener world."

E-Structors continues to track its progress on an ongoing basis, he said. In addition, it plans to add to its collection of certifications affirming the company's commitment to ethical responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Along with E-Structors, Maryland officials presented the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award to CSX Corporation; the National Aquarium in Baltimore; St. Mary’s County Public Schools and the University of Maryland, College Park.

“While they represent a variety of facility types and sizes, all the winners have several key factors in common that contribute to their success: each organization has a green team, has organization-wide commitment to environmental performance, sets annual environmental goals and measures their results,” according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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