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 Transource Environmental Certifications

Transource Computers offers a wide range of products meeting ENERGY STAR, EPEAT, WEEE, 80PLUS, RoHs, and other environmental standards. We're committed to providing our customers with the best environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient solutions available. Transource has the unique flexibility needed to quickly adopt these new standards and was among the first manufacturers within the industry to adopt ENERGY STAR 6.0 and the newly introduced EPEAT rating systems.

ENERGY STAR® qualified products and practices help you save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE. Qualified computers and office equipment such as monitors, use as much as 60% percent less energy than their traditional counterparts.

ENERGY STAR 6.0, a new set of standards for ENERGY STAR compliant computing systems. ENERGY STAR 6.0 has The new specification takes a "whole system" approach, requiring internal and external power supply efficiency and energy efficiency across multiple operating modes: standby, sleep, and idle state. Significantly stricter than its predecessor, ENERGY STAR 6.0 will reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to that of around 7 million cars.

In order to reduce fossil fuel use, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and cut down on energy costs, Transource sells products that meet the ENERGY STAR 6.0 requirements, and we are committed to developing and manufacturing future ENERGY STAR compliant systems.

See the EPA's complete list of approved ENERGY STAR products:

» http://www.energystar.gov/

EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) is a procurement tool designed to help public and private sector purchasers compare and select desktops, notebooks, and monitors based on environmental attributes. Our EPEAT product offerings further demonstrate our commitment to develop and manufacture environmentally responsible products.

Find a complete list of Transource's EPEAT registered products here:

» Transource EPEAT registered products.

As of January 2008, Transource is ISO 14001-2004 self-certified, meaning we meet a specific series of voluntary environmental management standards. Our Environment Management System's processes are in place to inform and train personnel to achieve environmental performance improvements. Top management is actively defining our e-policy and direction.

For more information about our ISO 14001-2004 self-certification or publicly available EMS, please email your request to:

» info@transource.com

At Transource Computers we are continually working to manufacture products that meet the standards of the European Union's WEEE Directive (Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment) and RoHS Directive (the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment).

These directives ban new electrical and electronic equipment from being placed on the European Market if they do not meet strict environmental standards. By working to comply with these directives we are demonstrating our commitment to manufacture products that help protect our environment.

 Our Commitment

Achieving, maintaining and improving environmental quality is an essential part of the Transource mission.

Transource is committed to:

  • Complying with environmental standards applicable to its present operations
  • Planning its future activities to minimize environmental impacts
  • Conserving irreplaceable natural resources
  • Maximizing pollution prevention initiatives.

Transource has set and will periodically review environmental objectives and targets for achieving these commitments.

Transource shall conduct its activities according to Federal, State, local, and applicable Department of Defense (DoD) contractor environmental policy. Managers at all levels are responsible for compliance with all relevant environmental policy. All Transource employees are responsible and accountable for the environmental consequences of their actions.

The Transource environmental program has been developed and implemented, and is underpinned by the three tiers of compliance, conservation, and prevention of pollution.

Compliance

Transource shall comply with applicable Federal, State, local, DoD environmental laws, standards, and requirements. Environmental program managers shall devise and implement management plans where required by regulation and ensure such plans are properly disseminated and adhered to.

Conservation

Transource shall conserve natural resources through effective environmental planning and management. The environmental consequences of proposed actions and reasonable alternatives will be integrated into all levels of decision.

Prevention of Pollution

Transource shall prevent future pollution by reducing the use of hazardous materials and releases of pollutants into the environment to as near zero as feasible and practical. This will be done first through source reduction (e.g., chemical substitution, process change, and other techniques).

When the use of hazardous materials cannot be avoided, the spent material and waste will be reused or recycled, whenever possible. As a last resort, spent material and waste that cannot be reused or recycled will be disposed of in an environmentally safe manner, consistent with the requirements of applicable laws.

 


 Packaging Reduction & Reuse Program

Transource is dedicated to the reduction, reuse, and recycling of all of our product packaging. To achieve this goal and reduce our use of extraneous packing elements, Transource is focused on the following key areas to maximize our effectiveness.

Size: Transource has designed all of our packaging to utilize the available space to its fullest, while ensuring safe arrival to its destinations. Smaller packaging reduces the materials used and also allows for more products to be placed onto a pallet or truck, thereby lowering the carbon emissions needed for transport.

Weight: The weight of our shipping supplies is another key factor in packaging reduction. By selecting modern and lightweight materials for our packaging, Transource is able to significantly reduce the quantity of material needed and the energy consumption needed to create it. As the weight of our packaging materials lessen, so too does the carbon emissions required to ship it.

Materials Used & Post-Consumer Content: All of our boxes contain a high percent of post-consumer content with a minimum of 23% and are durable enough for multiple reuses. Other materials are selected based on their environmental impact in areas such as; recyclability, post-consumer content, durability, and other key factors. Foam and insulation is kept to a minimum and used only when deemed necessary. Foam insulation is often reused multiple times due to its long usable life cycle.

Re-Use of Materials: Palletized boxes and shipping material are reused whenever possible and appropriate. Many materials are used for alternative purposes within our warehouse. All other packaging materials are reused and recycled, or if neither applies, disposed of properly.


 Takeback / Recycling Program

Transource offers a complete solution for the takeback and recycling of obsolete or end-of-life computer equipment. We offer recycling for all outdated computer equipment, regardless of brand, using a cost-effective industry leader with a long history of reliable and trusted service to numerous corporations and government agencies. We also recycle and take back Lithium Ion batteries and recyclable packaging materials. The packaging material program is free and voluntary.

Our partnership has allowed Transource to offer a full turnkey recycling solution that is simple, environmentally-friendly, and complies with all State and Federal regulations. In addition, Transource offers program participant discounts off purchases of Transource name brand equipment.

Takeback Availability: The Transource Recycling Takeback Program covers a wide range of electronic equipment and manages the proper recovery, disposal and recycling of: all computers (desktops, servers, laptops and other handheld devices, etc.), monitors and displays (CRTs, LCDs, Plasmas, etc.), memory, hard drives, network cards, and software.

 Recycling Process

Transource strives to make to make the recycling process as easy as possible. As a service to our customers we can provide a “one call” solution to your equipment disposal needs. For smaller quantities, Transource provides pre-paid shipping labels, which affixes to packages containing the aged equipment in need of recycling. For larger quantities, depending on the age of the equipment, we provide onsite pickup service in an effort to minimize workloads for the customer.

Recycling options are available on a per-unit basis and maximum weight specifications per unit as follows :

  • Desktops - $12
  • Notebooks (with battery) - $12
  • Servers - $12
  • Monitors - $15
  • Networking equipment (under 75 pounds) - $10
  • Packaging Material- Free

These items will be shipped to our headquarters in Phoenix, AZ, where they’ll be processed and appropriately data sanitized if required. They will then be forwarded on to our partner recycling facility for proper recovery, disposal and recycling. At the end of the process, our recycling program affiliate will issue a certificate of lawful recycling and disposal.

Data Sanitation: Transource and our recycling partners follow all DoD regulations regarding data sanitation prior to hard drive recycling. The method used to sanitize the hard drives writes all addressable locations with a character, its binary complement, then a random character and then we verify the results. The physical hard drives will be completely destroyed using industry-leading practices.

WEEE Directive Compliance: The dismantling process involves redistribution and/or recycling of precious metals, plastic, glass, and circuit boards in accordance with applicable WEEE directive and Environmental Protection Agency regulations. All toxic materials and hazardous components, including lead, mercury and cadmium, will be disposed of according to EPA guidelines.

Products suitable for reuse shall be or according to the client’s request. Charitable organizations working for needy children and underprivileged peoples are common recipients of reused and redistributed computers and computer components. For information on all of our take back programs, call us toll free at 1-800-486-3715