Seattle requires electrical service providers to comply with PEARL standards

Seattle has become one of the first major metropolitan areas to include electrical reconditioning standards developed by the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) as a requisite for new electrical testing, assessment, and remanufacturing services. Earlier in August, the city announced it was seeking to contract for these services and the invitation to bid specified that officials in Seattle were looking to obtain “standardized, qualified services” from a PEARL member. In doing so, it affirmed the city’s confidence in the association’s reconditioning standards.

The city anticipates spending up to $500,000 per year for the services. PEARL is an Aurora, Colo.-based association that creates, collects, and disseminates information, policies, procedures, and standards to ensure proper recycling and reuse of electrical power equipment.

“We expect that other cities are likely to follow the lead of Seattle as the demand for remanufactured goods grows and sustainability policies similar to Seattle’s are put in place,” said Stephen Reames, recently elected PEARL president and owner of Oregon Breakers, Inc. “Just as important, PEARL expects to announce very soon that the American National Standards Institute [ANSI], the premier standards development organization in the U.S., has approved our application to become the ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.”

-Bill O’Leary


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