November 17, 2011

2 Important Recycling Certifications

Utilizing the resources of an e-waste recycling center is the best way to keep electronic pollution from harming your community. According to electronics trade magazine, Popular Mechanics, the United States recycles less than 20% of the 2 million tons of e-waste produced annually. Use this certification guide to ensure accountability and secure data removal.

  1. Responsible Recycling (R2): R2 standards were created as a joint project between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, industry manufacturers, and non-governmental organizations. To qualify for R2-certification, which symbolizes a commitment to responsible e-waste recycling, companies must display a visible strategy for environmentally responsible disposal. R2-certified programs follow all legal standards for the removal of hazardous materials from electronics.
  2. ISO 14001:2004: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides a helpful framework for companies who seek to reduce environmental impacts and implement systematic efforts for meeting sustainability goals. To avoid the limits of industry-specific needs, the ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system provides a holistic approach for developing new waste-reducing policies. The ISO does provide generic requirements for companies who demonstrate a willingness to adopt the system.

By finding a recycling center that has the proper certifications, businesses can responsibly do away with waste while helping the environment. Vintage Tech Recyclers endeavors to provide the highest level of data protection and asset security for our clients. Dial (877) 625-7945 today to learn more about our erasure and asset report and erasure-verification services.