2trg Becomes 1st R2 and e-Stewards Certified e-Waste Recycler in Ohio

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Inc. 5000 company’s combination of certifications and WBE status is a win-win for customers.

The certifications 2trg has completed are significant since there are a limited number of recyclers in the country who qualify for both R2 and e-Stewards certifications.

2trg, a Cincinnati, Ohio based electronic waste recycler, is proud to announce that its Cincinnati processing center has recently completed R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices), e-Stewards, ISO 14001:2004, and OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications. Compliance with these independently audited certification standards indicates that 2trg is committed to quality recycling operations for used, unwanted, obsolete, and damaged electronics. They also demonstrate 2trg’s commitment to protecting customer data and protecting the health and safety of all workers handling the electronics it processes.

Recycling companies that do not hold the proper certifications are not held to the strict regulatory requirements for operational and environmental processes, creating a risk for individuals and organizations that use non-certified recyclers. Stuart Shaffer, chief client officer, said, “The certifications 2trg has completed are significant since there are a limited number of recyclers in the country who qualify for both R2 and e-Stewards certifications. This substantiates 2trg Cincinnati’s positioning in the tri-state market as the #1 processor of end-of-life electronics. Customers can trust us to responsibly recycle their electronics in an environmentally friendly and legally compliant manner. We are looking forward to certifying our other processing centers to provide the same assurance to customers nationwide.”

R2 and e-Stewards certifications require 2trg to use NIST SP 800-88 guidelines to clear or destroy data on hard drives and to provide accountability for the entire chain of custody, thus providing the type of data destruction required by laws like HIPAA, FACTA, and GLBA. “Our customers can rest assured that the data from their hard drives and other storage devices is cleared or destroyed meeting NIST SP 800-88 standards,” Carol Weinstein, chief financial officer, said.

Additional R2 and e-Stewards certification requirements relate to environmental requirements that prohibit disposing of electronic waste (e-waste) by dumping in landfills or shipping to third world countries which protects the environment, workers, and citizens abroad from the components in e-waste. Jerry Townsend, director of operations, said, “2trg operates in a way that respects the environment, follows legal standards, and protects worker health and safety as demonstrated by our compliance with R2 and e-Stewards certification standards. 2trg does not export any hazardous electronics overseas. It is important to us to protect both the health and safety of our employees and the health and safety of every individual downstream who touches the electronics we process.”

The certifications attained by 2trg Cincinnati distinguish it as a premier processor of electronic waste capable of working with anyone from local residents to Fortune 500 companies to provide environmentally friendly and legally compliant e-waste recycling solutions.

About 2trg
2trg is a Cincinnati, Ohio based company specializing in computer and technology reuse and recycling, CRT de-manufacturing, secure data destruction, cabling, and technology deployment services for small businesses, schools and governments, Fortune 500 companies, value-added resellers, electronics manufacturers, other recyclers, and local residents. 2trg Cincinnati is R2, e-Stewards, ISO 14001:2004, and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified. It does not send hazardous e-waste to landfills, incinerators, or developing countries. It is a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) as certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). 2trg is a privately owned company and employs over 100 people at its Cincinnati, Ohio; Geneva, New York; and Louisville, Kentucky facilities. 2trg has diverted over 75 million pounds of e-waste from landfills since it began recycling as Technology Recycling Group in 2004. For more information on 2trg, please call 1.888.263.0888 or visit http://www.2trg.com.


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