Why Are Certifications Important in E-Recycling?

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Every business has certifications involved. We’re sure you have a couple that you hold dear or at least comply with to help your business. E-recycling is no different. In fact, compared to many businesses, e-recycling may have more certifications than most. Why are certifications important in e-recycling and even data destruction? Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction can provide you with some valuable insights.

What Certifications Should You Be Looking For?

There are a lot of certifications out there including being an i-SIGMA member, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001, all of which we have or are at Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction. However, the big one you want to look for is called R2 certification—which we also have. R2 applies specifically to electronics recyclers. To achieve it, several other certifications are required, including many of those previously mentioned.

What is R2 Certification?

R2 certification is not just another cert. Rather, it is the most widely adopted certification and standard for electronics recyclers and data destruction services. As mentioned before, it requires a set of other certifications, but it also has annual audit requirements and licensing.

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What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

circuit boards laying on top of each otherChances are, your business relies on a lot of vendors to operate on a day-to-day basis. If something goes wrong with one of your vendors it means lost time, lost money, and lost business. You should treat e-recyclers and data destroyers the same way. It’s easy to think that it doesn’t matter once your electronics have left the building, but it does whether you are e-recycling or having data destroyed. Certifications—like the R2—provide an extra layer of assurance that everything will go smoothly.

What Happens if There’s an E-Recycling Mistake?

An e-recycling mistake, especially a big one, can be a permanent tarnish on your vendor’s reputation, but that’s not where it ends. That effect can send ripples of bad reputation back to the clients that the vendor worked with. If there’s a chance your recycling or data destruction vendor could have a bad headline associated with them, then you don’t want to associate with them. Not to mention, you want to give your e-recycling business to a vendor that you know will handle it all correctly, cleanly, and greenly.

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What Happens if There’s a Data Destruction Mistake?

Data destruction is even more sensitive. When you have a data breach because of improperly handled data destruction, it will reflect negatively on your reputation directly, Additionally, a data breach can lead directly to a disruption in your business, lost clients, money spent on damage control, and worse. Entire businesses have met an untimely demise because of one data breach. Don’t become a member of that club.

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