MaxBack's Promise to You and the Environment

MaxBack is a buyback program for remarketable cell phones and tablets. MaxBack also accepts broken electronics for recycling.

A Family of Environmental Stewards

MaxBack is a program of Environmental Reclamation Services LLC (ERS), a reverse-logistics company that collects spent inkjet and laser printer cartridges, and retired personal electronics such as cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, GPS devices, tablets and laptops. ERS is a division of Clover Environmental Solutions, the world’s leading collector and recycler of small electronics, and ink and laser cartridges.

The ERS family of recycling programs also includes FundingFactory, GreenSchoolProject, eCycle Group, Recycle Rewards, and Easy Parcel Ship. All programs hold R2 "Responsible Recycling" and ISO 14001-2004 certifications through ERS.

Reused or Responsibly Recycled

Each and every item we receive is carefully inspected to determine if it can be reused or recycled. In 2011, ERS reused or remanufactured or recycled 99% of all incoming material.

Cell Phones and Tablets
Items undergo a stringent inspection to determine whether they can be reused. Reusable electronics are then shipped to accredited remanufacturers or go directly to market. Accessories and chargers are also accepted and remarketed with the device.

Broken Items
Broken items sent to MaxBack are sent to a licensed, state-of-the-art facility to generate electricity and steam, which is then sold as renewable energy.

In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense regulations, all memory is erased from any electronic marked for reuse; memory in recycled items is destroyed during the smelting process.

Sustainable Corporate Practices

MaxBack’s leadership and staff are committed to preventing pollution and conserving resources in our offices, warehouses, and operations. By continuously assessing our impact on the environment, we meet and exceed industry requirements that apply to our facilities, operations, partners and products.

MaxBack’s Zero Landfill Initiative efforts ensure our business waste has measured at .55% or lower since 2008, and safeguard that:

  • Nearly 1000 tons* of corrugated cardboard is compacted in our bailer and recycled each year
  • All paper and aluminum products and most plastics that enter our building are responsibly recycled
  • Packaging products that can’t be recycled are sent off-site to generate electricity and steam

PA Act 129 afforded ERS high-efficiency fluorescent lights that were installed in the warehouse and motion switches, which were mounted in the warehouse and offices. The updates will save an estimated 20% of kilowatt hours of electricity compared to 2011.

* Figures calculated by weight based on numbers from Jul. thru Jan. 2012

Rigorous Eco-standards

MaxBack holds multiple EPA-recognized certifications through ERS, and we’re committed to maintaining our accreditations for years to come.

R2 (Responsible Recycling) Certification
R2 certification is the leading standard for the electronics recycling industry and recognizes companies that protect the environment, human health, safety, and the security of the recycling process. R2 certification is awarded only to facilities meeting rigorous standards for environmental responsibility, as tested by third-party auditors. In all, the audit encompasses more than 50 areas of operational and environmental performance, and ensures that companies manage not only the responsible recycling of materials in their own facility, but also in those further downstream in the recycling process. FundingFactory was awarded the R2 certification in 2011.

ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Certification
Initially awarded to FundingFactory in September, 2009, ISO 14001:2004, is the international specification for an environmental management system (EMS). It establishes regulations for creating, measuring, reviewing, and improving environmental policies, products, services, and business operations.