Increasing numbers of electronic devices contain sensitive data, including contact information, credit cards, medical histories, photos, and other data. Unauthorized access to used or discarded devices is one of the leading causes of data security breach.
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) July 31, 2014
For years, R.A.K.I. Computers Recycling has made a habit of adhering to a standard that guarantees a safe, secure, and sustainable method of recycling electronics. As July comes to a close, it was yet again time for R.A.K.I. to undergo the rigorous R2 certification audit.
R2 was created in 2008 as the highest award achieved in the e-recycling industry; its integrity being found in its third-party audit system. Facilities certified in the R2 Standard adhere to best practices in recycling and refurbishment, chain-of-custody documentation, and worker health and safety procedures.
Due to its broad influence on an electronic recycler’s internal operations, one is tempted to ask how the R2 certification affects its external stakeholders.
Here are three chief reasons for why being R2 certified is important for individuals and businesses alike:
1. Public health and Environment – Being R2 certified means that electronic waste will be repurposed or completely gutted, scrapped and dispersed to licensed downstream vendors. This prevents e-waste from finding its way to trash heaps where hazardous materials such as lead and mercury can pollute the environment.
2. Data Security – A common concern is that an old computer will be a gateway for unwanted access to confidential information. The R2 standard demands that any data storing device must be wiped clean of its information. R2 also mandates a comprehensive method of hard-drive destruction, rendering hard-drives incapable of ever being reused thereafter.
3. Corporate Liability – Faster than ever before, electronics are rendered obsolete by newer models. For mid to large size companies, this entails a full sweeping of previous IT equipment to make room for the new. Using an R2 recycler illustrates that a company has done its due diligence with its electronic surplus. Today, proper e-waste disposal has become synonymous with corporate responsibility.
Thus, if searching for a proper vendor for e-waste disposal be sure to seek an R2 certified recycler such as R.A.K.I. Computers Recycling.
R.A.K.I. Computers Recycling has serviced the residential and business community for proper e-waste disposal for 23 years. Based in Houston, TX, R.A.K.I. has assisted in the corporate responsibility of the expanding oil, gas, and medical institutions of its local area, offering a reliable solution to IT and electronic equipment disposal. This is made easy by a network of drivers that can offer any business a convenient pick-up service.
For more information on services and accepted items, you can visit the R.A.K.I. Computers Recycling homepage.