History & Evolution of Our Company
Potomac eCycle had its humble beginnings in 2008 in a small loft above the office at the Potomac Metal’s scrapyard. Thory Monsen and Justin Kidd had begun to observe a significant increase in the number of electronics being dropped off at the facility and vowed to find better ways to recycle them in an environmentally responsible manner while still maximizing recoverable value.
Their combined experience and deep knowledge of the consumer electronics industry allowed them to design ever-more efficient processes to reuse and recycle old electronics.
After demonstrating their innovative approaches they along with the Potomac Metals’ owners, Mark and Eric Zwilsky, (Link to Bios) decided to spin off a new company and officially incorporate the electronics recycling division on January 1, 2009.
Since inception, Potomac eCycle has recycled over 5 million pounds of electronics and is now operating in a state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot facility in Manassas, VA with a team of over 20 employees.
Mark Zwilsky, CEO
Mark is a modern day alchemist with a unique understanding of metals that few in the industry possess. Mark is the Founder and Owner of Potomac Metals which operates 7 locations in the Washington DC metro area, including Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia. Mark has over 35 years of executive level experience in the scrap recycling industries and is respected by his peers as an expert voice in the industry.
Thory Monsen, CIO
Thory is a trailblazer in the electronics recycling industry having started working in the field in 2003 at a time when landfills began to overflow with consumer electronics after the initial success and then subsequent fallout from the first “dot-com” bubble. At Potomac eCycle, Thory is responsible for market intelligence both on the upstream and downstream sides and has an uncanny ability to identify rare electronic components.
Justin Kidd, COO
Justin is a “Jack of all trades” who possesses an almost preternatural ability to refurbish and repurpose old equipment - be it mechanical or digital. Over the past 5 years, Justin has custom designed and built much of the the disassembly, demanufacturing, and destruction equipment that is utilized in our state-of-the-art recycling facility.
Eric Zwilsky, Senior Vice President
Eric is a logistics expert and broker of material. Eric received a B.A. in Business & Economics from McDaniel College and since that time has worked broadly in the commodity metals markets for over 5 years. He takes a customer-focused approach to the way he conducts business and strives to maximize the residual value of materials.
Ilze Sabule, Operations Manager
Ilze is responsible for day-to-day operations at the facility. Her detail oriented nature and data driven approach help her to maximize efficiencies. Prior to joining Potomac eCycle, she was a procurement agent for state contracts and is skilled in interfacing with both governmental and corporate entities.
Potomac eScrap LLC is dedicated to processing electronics and components in a safe and effective manner consistent with our commitment to the R2/RIOS Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Management System. Our goal is to maintain a high level of quality, ensuring a safe workplace for our staff, and promoting environmental stewardship in managing the processing of used and end of life electronics. We have implemented the latest technology and software which helps us improve performance by analyzing data and implementing improvements to achieve superior results. We have documented a Focus Material Plan and identified downstream management strategies. Our staff understands and promotes our commitment to environmental, health, and safety and undergoes thorough ongoing training to ensure competence. Our system complies with federal, state, regional, and local safety and environmental requirements. We are committed to continually improve our management system to ensure the prevention of pollution and the safety of our employees. Our policy is communicated to our suppliers, customers and contractors, and is made available to the public and other interested parties upon request.
Potomac eScrap LLC business operations include IT Asset management, eScrap Purchasing, IT Asset Disposition, Data Destruction, and End of Life electronics recycling. eScrap has conducted internal audits to ensure compliance to all laws and regulations and maintains a “Plan, Do, Check, Act” Environmental, Health, and Safety Management System.
Examples of standards and policies that we adhere to based on the R2 Recycling Standard:
- R2 defines focus materials, or materials that can pose environmental concern, and outlines how these materials should be managed to ensure environmental and worker safety. Prohibits the export of equipment and components containing focus materials to developing countries unless the transaction is legal under both the export and import countries’ laws and the receiving facility is state-of-the-art.
- Requires downstream due diligence on all vendors handling focus materials to ensure materials are handled properly throughout the chain of custody.
- All R2 certified electronics recyclers maintain necessary permits, licenses, and insurance as required by state and federal regulations.
- Recognizing the importance that reuse has, both environmentally and socially, R2 Practices establishes a “reuse, recover, dispose” hierarchy all along the chain of custody for material handling.
- Please visit http://www.sustainableelectronics.org/ for additional information on the R2 certification and provisions.