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  PEARL Wins California’s Prestigious Environmental WRAP Award for Recycling, Reusing Electrical Apparatus
December 2008
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PEARL is a 2008 WRAP Waste Reduction Awards Program winner
PEARL is a 2008 WRAP Waste Reduction Awards Program winner

AURORA, CO, December 1, 2008 – Based on its 11-year effort to saving the environment one recycled electrical device at a time, the State of California has named the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) and its California-based member companies as winners of the statewide 2008 Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP)

On behalf of the State of California, the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) picks WRAP winners at the end of each year by selecting organizations and companies that have demonstrated outstanding waste reduction efforts. In 2008, CIWMB reports that WRAP award winners were responsible for diverting more than 1 million tons of materials from landfills and reduced greenhouse emissions by more than one-half million tons of CO2 through recycling.

Environmental protection is near and dear to PEARL members. Founded in 1997, PEARL is an electrical apparatus recycling trade association that creates, collects, and disseminates information, policies, procedures, and standards to ensure the proper recycling and reuse of electrical power equipment. PEARL reconditioned electrical goods are held to a higher testing standard than new electrical apparatus because each device is tested individually rather than batch tested. PEARL reconditioned apparatus also spare the planet from thousands of tons of unnecessary waste each year, and cut the U.S.’ energy consumption compared to manufacturing new product. PEARL’s electrical conduit, fittings & accessories recycling standards are available for free to the public from the PEARL website (

The CIWMB is the State agency designated to oversee, manage, and track California's 92 million tons of waste generated each year. The Board promotes a sustainable environment where these resources are not wasted but can be reused or recycled. California created the CIWMB in 1989 when it passed its landmark solid waste management law, the Integrated Waste Management Act. At the time, California was throwing away 90 percent of its waste and recycling only 10 percent of its trash. The act mandated that California's 450 jurisdictions--cities, counties and regional waste management compacts--implement waste management programs aimed at ambitious marks: a 25 percent diversion rate by 1995 and a 50 percent diversion rate by 2000. In 2005, California diverted 52 percent of its waste stream.

“We are thrilled that the California, the nation’s leading state in recycling, has acknowledged the hard work of PEARL and its member companies to save the environment through reconditioning and reusing electrical apparatus,” says PEARL President and President of Circuit Breaker Sales (Gainesville, TX), Bill Schofield. “The efforts of PEARL companies and related industries keep millions of tons of waste out of landfills each year. PEARL’s efforts prove that what is good for business can also be good for the environment.”

As part of the award, CIWMB considered PEARL’s extensive library of technical standards designed to help member companies recondition and reuse common electrical devices from circuit breakers to transformers. PEARL standards come in two categories: Reconditioning, which includes both Test & Inspection, and Reconditioning procedures along with documentation forms; and Test & Inspect Standards, which do not include reconditioning procedures. Only devices that comply with these standards and come from companies that meet PEARL’s business, ethics, and integrity requirements qualify to carry the associated PEARL Quality Seal (blue for Reconditioned devices, green for Test & Inspect).

Today, more than 70 dealers of new, reconditioned, and surplus electrical devices are members of the PEARL trade association. For a full list of member companies, visit the PEARL website at

About PEARL:
Founded in 1997, the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) creates, collects, and disseminates information, policies, procedures, and standards to ensure the proper recycling and reuse of electrical power equipment. Its 70+ corporate members must meet strict technical, safety, and operational requirements.

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