Georgetown recycling company gets a green thumbs-up

Global Environmental Service of Georgetown, which recycles and refurbishes electronic equipment, has been named an E-Steward by the Basal Action Network.

That designation goes to recyclers which BAN judges to uphold "the highest standard of environmental and social responsibility."

About 90 percent of U.S. recycling companies export toxic scrap to developing countries, use prison labor, use municipal landfills or incinerators, don't protect sensitive data or expose their own workers to toxic materials, the watchdog group says.

Only 30 companies have met BAN's E-Steward standard.

"In a culture where many people pay lip service to the 'green' standards they claim to uphold, Global Environmental Services follows through on every promise we make," said Kenny Gravitt, the company's owner and managing principal.