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Recycling plant honored for being green

Published On: Nov 15 2011 09:33:03 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 15 2011 05:48:18 PM EST

A Lehigh Valley business is being honored for taking its recycling efforts beyond paper and plastic.


An electronics recycling plant in Allentown is being honored for helping to keep the planet green. 
Federal officials recognized AERC/ComCycle Tuesday morning as the nation's newest Responsible Recycler.

A certified recycler must show an independent third-party auditor that it meets specific standards to safely recycle electronics. Some of the standards include helping to reduce energy and natural resource consumption, greenhouse gases and hazardous waste.
Officials said the Allentown facility processes more than 600,000 pounds of electronics monthly, without using any landfill space.
AERC/ComCycle  has five electronics processing facilities across the country and is one of the nation's largest electronics recyclers.

The Allentown company employs more than 60 people, working two shifts five days a week.  Over the past two years the electronics recycling workforce has risen 15 percent, officials said.