E-Scrap Processor Caught with a FORGED R2 Certificate

The electronics recycling industry is a heavily regulated industry that requires companies to gain certifications to ensure environmentally-friendly facilities and best practices. Unfortunately, there are some cases where companies try to bypass the certification processes to increase their chances of winning new contracts.

Recently, a company called Secure Recycling from Norcross, GA tried to win a proposal from a school district using a forged R2 certificate. According to Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), the document had the facility name, date and certificate number altered. “This is the first instance of that we’ve heard of,” said Patty Osterberg, SERI’s director of education and outreach. “The way to prevent that would be when you have a certificate in hand, to look at our website directory and verify that the company is listed.”

Although this was the first time SERI saw a counterfeit R2 certificate, it’s not the first case of a business misrepresenting facts about having one. Most cases of misrepresentation involve placing the R2 logo on a company website, without any other proof. The validity of these certifications often goes unchecked because clients do not take the time to verify whether SERI officially lists these companies on their database.

The certification process

Electronics recycling companies must go through three steps to become R2 certified by SERI. In the first stage of the certification process, the company fills out an application with information about their company/facility and designates a point of contact who SERI will communicate with during the certification process.

After applying for a license, the facility must contact a SERI-approved certification body (CB) to conduct the audit and issue the R2 certificate.  Examples of SERI-approved certification bodies include National Standards Authority of Ireland, NSF International, NQA, Orion Registrar, Perry Johnson Registrars, SAI Global, SGS, and TUV SUD.

In the second step of the certification process, the electronics recycling company signs a copy of the R2 Facility License Agreement using a service which allows for the signing of documents in web browsers. The License Agreement contains the “terms of use” for the R2 logo, trademark, and certification.

After signing the agreement, the company gets an invoice for their annual R2 membership, which must be paid prior to their Stage 1 audit. The funds pay for the licensing of the R2 logo and name, as well as member benefits provided by SERI, including facility listing on the SERI website; free access to training programs, workshops or other forums; the R2 Implementation Manual and other technical assistance materials, and support from SERI staff.

Choosing the right electronics recycler

When you decide to work with an electronics recycling company, you need to make sure they have an official R2 certification. Uncertified recyclers could end up costing you time and money and put you at risk of compromising sensitive customer information. Companies with R2 certifications not only ensure quality results, but they also uphold transparency and environmental and social responsibility in their electronics recycling facilities.

As an R2 Certified company, Securis committed to helping its clients tackle their recycling needs in the most cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

CES 2018: The Top 5 Weirdest Gadgets

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier had a bit of everything – from talking toilets to cuddly robots and weight loss headphones.

While it’s safe to say that some of these devices will never catch on, there were a few devices that caught our attention.

This article explores five of the most out-there ideas seen at CES 2018.

  1. Somnox Cuddling Pillow

Somnox is a cuddly pillow that promises to help you go to sleep faster. This nifty device simulates human breathing and can snuggle with you at night, playing lullabies or any playlist you like. Its developers say it will be available to ship in September at a price of $600.

  1. Zocus

Another cool device we saw at CES 2018 was Zocus. This unassuming device helps stop procrastination by monitoring your activity throughout the day. When you’re supposed to be working, the $99 Zocus disables your phone notifications and glows red to deter other people around you from disturbing you. And when it’s time for a break, the light turns turquoise, unleashing all the notifications from your phone.

  1. Polaroid OneStep 2

Polaroid cameras were cutting edge when they came out 41 years ago. Fast forward to 2018 and the Polaroid is back, but this time as the OneStep 2. The new camera features a high-quality lens and a powerful flash that enables you to take amazing photos. It also has a long-lasting USB rechargeable battery, which makes it the ideal for just about any situation. The camera itself is very affordable with its $120 price tag.

  1. Mousr

People are already spending ridiculous amounts of money on their pets, so seeing an AI robot toy for cats comes as no surprise. The Mousr mimics movements of a real mouse, and comes with different tails you can attach depending on your cat’s personality — you can use a shorter tail for more energetic cats, and a longers tail for lazier ones. The Mousr costs $140, which may seem a little steep for some cat owners, but it’s a good purchase if you want to keep your cat entertained while you go about your day.

  1. Keecker

Keecker is a small hovering robot that can record videos from inside your home and stream it straight to your mobile. It supports major streaming services such as Netflix, and YouTube and also transforms into a movie projector with a powerful lamp that can project to 78 inches. This is a real high-end gadget with a high-end price of $1,790. But it’s worth every penny if you’re looking something to replace your boring TV.

Want to Get Rid of Old Gadgets?

After seeing all these gadgets, you may be thinking of throwing out your old devices and getting something new. Instead of throwing out your unused gadgets in the trash, consider recycling them. Recycling will not only save you some money, but it will also help protect the environment from electronic waste.

At Securis, we have a team of experts who can help you safely dispose of your old devices using best practices and procedures. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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