The Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2:2013) Certification Explained

February 6th, 2020

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Although concern for the health of our planet has grown by leaps and bounds since Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, over the past decade, the concerns have reached critical levels. While there are debates over the existence of Climate Change, it cannot be argued that pollution and the improper disposal of waste, chemicals, and synthetic materials have had damaging effects on the environment, animals (including humans), and the atmosphere.

At Keystone Technology Management, our professionals provide top-quality data destruction services in Philadelphia and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region, including New York City, Washington D.C., and Baltimore. It is our duty to protect our clients from data breaches, and we also recognize that to do so requires the responsible use and disposal of electronic equipment to avoid negative environmental impacts. To prove our commitment to reducing our ecological footprint, we are certified in R2:2013 for safe and environmentally-responsible data destruction. 

What is R2:2013?

In 2008, the non-profit organization, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), developed and released the original edition of the Responsible Recycling Standard (R2). R2 was the e-waste industry’s leading certification from the start. And, in 2013, SERI revised the initial version to meet the Essential Requirements of Due Process developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). 

R2:2013, which is the most recent version of R2, is a voluntary certification for companies in the data destruction and e-waste industries (among many others) that promotes responsibility in sustainable electronic waste disposal practices. Additionally, this certification emphasizes the Hierarchy of Responsible Management: “Reuse, Recover, and Dispose.” The hierarchy helps keep Keystone employees on-track to resell and reuse as much of the used and off-network electronic equipment, materials, and components as possible prior to recovery. It also prohibits the disposal of any equipment in landfills. 

Advantages to R2:2013 Certification & Compliance

Because R2:2013 certification and compliance are not compulsory for all electronics collectors, refurbishers, and recyclers, it is even more vital for our environment that as many companies as possible that deal with electronics and e-waste become certified. Here are some of the benefits to complying with R2:2013 standards: 

As one of the leading certified e-waste recycling companies from NYC to Baltimore, we at Keystone Technology Management are proud of our data destruction services and our commitment to environmental protection. If your company needs updated technology or wants to wipe the data from their current equipment safely, call Keystone Technology Management today!