Why Businesses Need R2 Certified E-Waste Recycling Companies

If your business is looking for an e-waste recycling company, knowing that not all are created equally is essential. The best practice would be to search for an R2 certified company. R2 certified electronics recycling companies need to follow strict guidelines. When a company is not R2 certified, there is a lack of accountability in the recycling process. This third-party certification process covers more than 50 areas of operational and environmental performance. Not only does this ensure e-waste recyclers protect our environment, but it also protects human health and safety. 

What does an R2 certification mean?

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) established the R2 certification process. Part of SERI’s mission is to minimize the environmental and health risks posed by used and end-of-life electronics. This global certification addresses the entire supply chain and encompasses environmental, health and safety, quality, and data security standards. 

The idea to facilitate a genuinely circular lifecycle for electronics helps extend each device’s life and reuse any and all components, where possible, prior to recycling. Recycling the materials then reduces the need to mine for new materials, allowing the earth to keep those natural resources. 

Finding an R2 certified company

If you’re looking for an R2 certified company, you are in luck! There are nearly 1,000 facilities across 37 counties. Unfortunately, there has been at least one case of a company faking an R2 certification. 

To avoid this mishap, find or even double-check that your e-waste recycling vendor is R2 certified; you can refer to the SERI website. It’s easy to find a company based on region or name!

Why does it matter?

Uncertified recyclers lack accountability. Not only does an R2 certification protect the environment, but it also ensures data protection as well. An R2 certified company ensures that any data that comes via end-of-life technology is appropriately destroyed.

From start to finish, the R2 process takes on the circular economy and the issues many companies face, including environmental, human health, and social welfare impacts. We know how important it is to reuse. However, irresponsible and illegal transfers happen under the guise of reuse. With an R2 certified company, there is no need to worry about careless transfers. 

Responsible recycling is also a vital part of SERI’s mission. Recycling facilities are helping protect human health and the environment by keeping toxic materials out of landfills.

Overall, if a company is R2 certified, you can rest assured that your data and end-of-life technology will be safe in their hands and reach its complete end-of-life potential. As an R2 certified recycler at Securis, we understand how important this is for the global community. Contact us today to learn more. We’d love to help your company do its part in completing the cycle and staying green!

Top 10 E-Waste Recycling Misconceptions

The misconceptions around e-waste recycling can be deterring, but they aren’t the reality. If you have questions about IT equipment recycling, please reach out! We’re here to break these common myths about e-waste recycling!

  1. “E-Waste recycling is expensive.” The truth about recycling is that it can be expensive, but sometimes you might even get paid to recycle! If your e-waste is in good condition, still usable, and you do not need to shred your hard drives, the resale value might surprise you. 
  2. “It’s not secure to recycle electronics.” While this could be the case with some recyclers, by choosing a company that also has data destruction services, there is no need to worry about personal data being accessed. Degaussing and shredding hard drives destroys any personal information that recycled devices contain. 
  3. “E-waste companies outsource the materials, and they still end up in landfills.” While this is true for some e-waste recycling companies, if a company is appropriately vetted and has the proper certifications like an R2 certification then this does not apply.
  4. “It could harm compliance agreements with clients.” When choosing an e-waste recycling company, it’s essential to know how they’ll work with you and what exactly you can guarantee your clients. At Securis, we scan every item collected so you can know what happens with those items from start to finish. We also have a chain of custody protocol to make sure we’re following your personal needs. 
  5. “E-waste recycling is the perfect solution.” While we wish it were the perfect solution, unfortunately, it is only one step in “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” The first step is a personal choice for both individuals and corporations. It’s important to reduce how often you replace computers, phones, etc. Just because they are outdated does not mean it’s time to upgrade. If there is nothing wrong with your technology, it’s best to keep using it. The next step is to reuse, so if you can buy something you need secondhand or even re-sell a piece of equipment that you’re upgrading, it can help eliminate unnecessary waste. The last step is to recycle. If it’s broken, it’s time to extract the recyclable materials. Unusable e-waste can be used for the materials that make them up, like copper, gold, and other precious metals. 
  6. “Donating and recycling are the same things.” We’ve been taught that donating helps people in need, and while often that is the case, sometimes the donated items just end up in the trash. If your donated computer works, but it’s from 2004, it may not be purchased. Depending on what organization you donate to, items may only sit on a shelf for a certain amount of time before they’re tossed out to make room for other, newer donations. 
  7. “All e-waste recycling companies are the same.” If a company has branded itself as an electronics recycling company, it’s easy to believe that! However, just because they say that doesn’t mean everything will be recycled. It’s essential to thoroughly vet any recycling company prior to trusting them with your electronic waste. 
  8. “It is easy to recycle e-waste.” It may seem easy to throw a computer in a recycling bin; however, at that point, you might as well put electronics in the trash. The recycling process for electronics starts by completely dismantling the equipment. Recycling facilities have the resources to collect metals, plastics, precious metals, and more from electronic devices to get the most out of the equipment.
  9. “E-waste isn’t a big deal.” Unfortunately, e-waste has become a huge international issue. From cell phones to TVs to computers and everything in between, the more technology we use, the more waste is produced.
  10. “It’s a hassle to get rid of e-waste.” When you find the right recycling company, recycling electronics becomes painless for the consumer. The right company will ensure that any personal data is physically destroyed, excess materials aren’t being shipped overseas, and toxic materials stay out of landfills.

If you have further questions about how to keep your end-of-life technology out of landfills, contact us today!

What is ESG and Why is it Important?

ESG has become a buzz term in the ITAD industry- but what does it mean? ESG stands for environmental, social, and corporate governance. Sometimes it is referred to as environmental, social, and governance instead. This is the standard that socially and environmentally conscious investors use to screen potential investments and companies. 

It’s important to hold companies, especially e-waste recycling companies, to these standards to ensure that you’re investing in the future of our planet. Sustainable investing or socially responsible investing (SRI) has become increasingly important to some institutional investors. They are looking at ESG to get a more holistic view of a company and what they stand for. 


The environmental portion of ESG refers to how a corporation impacts the environment. An ESG rating for a corporation is calculated with factors like their use of greenhouse gases, properly managing their disposal of toxic waste, and their attempts to offset their carbon footprint. 

E-waste is especially detrimental to the environment. Companies that ensure their end-of-life technology does not end up in landfills are aiding in environmental protection and protecting natural resources. The chemicals in all e-waste can enter the earth’s water sources and soil it when not properly disposed of, so it’s essential to ensure everyone knows what happens when recycling electronics.  


How a corporation interacts with its community, stakeholders, and other businesses contributes to the social aspect of ESG. Suppose a company encourages its employees to volunteer, donates a percentage of its profits to non-profit organizations, and practices socially conscious hiring practices. In that case, its ESG score will be positively impacted. 

This becomes especially vital when examining how a company disposes of its technology. If a business does not use an R2 certified ITAD service, their old technology may end up in landfills or third-world countries being picked for pieces, eventually ending up in the ocean. It’s hard to know who the laborers will pick out pieces of equipment. They could be children who are underpaid or required to work in unsafe conditions. 

Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is the internal way an organization is run and how its goals align with stakeholder expectations. 

If a company commits to recycling its e-waste, but a VP is seen disposing of a broken tablet in the dumpster behind the building, that would negatively impact an ESG score. This ensures that leadership has the same values that the company is publicizing. 

Why It Matters

So at the end of the day, why does this matter? It shows how other companies are looking to improve their ESG score, which is where Securis can help. At Securis, we can ensure that your company properly disposes of any e-waste. 

As an R2 certified company, we know how important it is to keep your e-waste out of landfills. This is important for our environment and the safety of your and your customer’s information. If you are interested in how we could help your organization improve its ESG score, contact us here.

Are We Being “Smart” or Creating More E-waste?

Our smart devices are ever-evolving, from our phones to our watches and everything in between. Many are trying to keep up with the latest and greatest. Each year, there seems to be a newer model of the previous device, with manufacturers and providers alike offering a financial incentive to upgrade.

So what happens with our old devices when we upgrade? They may become e-waste. 

Whether your device stops working because it reaches its end of life or you cast it aside because you’ve upgraded, what do you do with it when you are no longer using it? Recycling or finding someone who can use the device is really the best way to keep more e-waste out of landfills. It’s important to consider how you’re disposing of this tech. If it breaks, it can still hold data, and in some cases, even if it is factory reset. 

These can be referred to as Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Currently, it is estimated that this year the number of  IoT devices will grow by 18% to 14.4 billion, and that number will continue to climb through the years. Are you making sure that you’re doing your part to keep them out of our landfills? It may be time to rethink the process! 

What is an IoT Device?

IoT devices are a network of devices that contain sensors, software, and various other technologies that have internet connectivity. These can be household devices like Nest Thermostats, Amazon Echoes, smart watches, or even large devices like connected cars that start with keyfobs instead of a physical key.

Proper Disposal Is Vital

The best way to reduce your impact when it comes to purchasing new IoT devices is to make sure you’re using what you already have until it dies. We often get excited about the latest technology, but that can come with a lack of concern when it comes to the disposal of devices. 

As consumers, it is easy to look forward to the updated features that a new device may bring and therefore forget how the chemicals that are in our old devices will impact our environment. Heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, and beryllium as well as chemicals like brominated flame retardants, can impact the health of our communities. 

Finding a reliable electronics recycler is a crucial factor for responsible recycling. Some companies send e-waste to landfills in Africa and Asia for reusable materials to be manually harvested. After what can be taken out, the scrap remains, which often ends up in the ocean. 

Securis is a certified R2 electronics recycling company, and we ensure that all of our downstream vendors are as well. If you’re looking for a responsible place to dispose of your e-waste, contact us today! 

Everything You Need To Know About Hard Drive Destruction

You may know that it’s crucial to remove information from hard drives before disposing of them- but do you know the ins and outs of what that means? At Securis, we have the answers. 

What’s the Best Way to Destroy a Hard Drive?

There are two common ways to destroy hard drives and render the confidential information that remains on them inaccessible: degaussing and shredding.

Degaussing Hard Drives


Degaussing hard drives can be the first (or only) step in data destruction. The degaussing process erases data, changing the magnetic domain in which data is stored. Using magnets, it scrambles stored information so it can not be retrieved. Keep in mind that degaussing does not work for solid state drives (SSDs). A previous Securis article contains information on destroying SSDs. 

Shredding Hard Drives

hard drive shredding

Shredding hard drives ensures that all information is totally destroyed and rendered unusable. By completing this as a stand-alone service or following degaussing, you can be positive that your confidential information has been completely destroyed. Not only does this guarantee total data destruction, but you can be sure that degaussed hard drives will not be confused with hard drives that still have data on them. 

Solid state drives are destroyed by microshredders so they do not slip through the cracks in a regular hard drive shredder.

Can Information be Retrieved from a Shredded Hard Drive?

There is no way to retrieve information from a shredded hard drive if the correct shredding process is followed. By grinding and shredding, materials like magnetic fields and magnetic tapes can no longer be put back together in order to recover information. 

How Much Does it Cost to Shred a Hard Drive? 

For residential customers, our Virginia locations hold monthly drop-off events where hard drives can be shredded for $5 each or $10 if they are still inside a computer. 

For our corporate customers, we know that data security is vital, so we provide various hard drive shredding services. If chain of custody issues are of concern, we can bring our mobile shredding truck on-site for supervised destruction. 

We also offer off-site shredding to those who need assurance that their assets will be destroyed appropriately but need the equipment out of their office or space quickly. With either service, Securis will provide a certificate of destruction for reporting purposes. Prices vary depending on the services needed. 


Data Privacy Day 2023

Did you know January 28th is Data Privacy Day? While the rest of the world may be celebrating, at Securis,  every day is Data Privacy Day. The Securis mission is to securely repurpose electronics. In order to do so, all data that remains on end-of-life computers, laptops, servers, and more must be completely destroyed. Businesses, governments, and individuals are all at risk of having their confidential data compromised without a secure, end-to-end data destruction process in place.  

Much of the discussion around data privacy revolves around sharing information online. While it is important to keep in mind, it’s also important to know that your physical electronics store sensitive data. 

Everybody should be aware that they have the power to take ownership of their personal information and digital identities. The National Cybersecurity Alliance encourages consumers to learn about what information they are sharing online. Let’s take that one step further and make sure we know what information we are storing on our phones and computers. 

According to the Pew Research Center, 81 percent of Americans believe they have very little to no control over the data that’s collected by businesses, and 78 percent are very concerned about how the data is used when it is collected. Businesses should be concerned about their employees’ and customers’ information when they are disposing of their end-of-life equipment. 

We know that customers have had their information compromised at a multitude of organizations like Morgan Stanley, T-Mobile, PayPal, and many more. Are you doing what you can to keep your customers safe? If you’d like to ensure that your information is safe when it’s time to discard old technology, be sure to learn about our federally compliant data destruction process

The First Town Hall of 2023

On January 13, 2023, we held the first town hall of the year! All of our employees met to enjoy a lunch prepared by VP of Finance Tim Anastasi and Compliance Specialist Koreen Brown. 

These quarterly meetings allow us to be reminded of our core values, meet new co-workers, recognize employee anniversaries, and ensure everyone is on the same page. 

The most exciting part of this gathering is finding out who the employee of the quarter is. This month, Goldie was recognized for his exemplary display of this quarter’s core value which was “Hungry.” Congratulations, Goldie! 

Leading up to the town hall, each team meets to discuss personal and group goals. This includes company-wide initiatives, like moving to our new warehouse this spring!

Securis: Past, Present and Future of ITAD

It’s 2023, and at Securis, we’re looking forward to serving you with the best data destruction and end-of-life equipment recycling services in the universe (we have big ambitions)! Today, we highlight the milestones and stepping stones that have taken us to where we are. We’ll also give you a preview of the future as we think about the past, present, and future of ITAD (Information Technology Asset Destruction).

Some moments blend with others, are blurry or aren’t listed in the timeline below. That doesn’t mean they don’t hold monumental significance in Securis’ and our individual growth.

We thank each and every employee, vendor, partner, and customer – past, present, and future. We wouldn’t be here without you.


We’re expanding! The new facility has 67,000 square feet. Can you imagine how much more data we can destroy and how much equipment we’ll keep out of landfills? It’s exciting, to say the least! It’s HUGE!


  • We turned 22 years old and have two tractors, six trucks, two end dumps, and 11 trailers. 
  • 72 employees, many of whom attended the High Tech Prayer Breakfast for the third year.
  • 2023 will be the 17th year of partnering with a local high school to provide children in the special education program with an opportunity to get hands-on work experience.

2020 2021

  • Securis added a conveyor belt and bulb crusher to improve efficiency and service capabilities.
  • Expanded operations to the warehouse next door for better access and team productivity.
  • In November 2020, long-term employee Dan Mattock celebrated 10 years with Securis. We were impressed with six trucks and 35,000 warehouse space at that time. We had 45 employees compared to today’s 72.

2018 – 2019

  • Partnered with Service Source to provide additional employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

  • Added a second warehouse, expanding our facilities from 12,000 to 22,000 square feet.
  • Our customers were introduced to our IT Asset Value Recovery Program. This rebate system allows Securis to provide value from end-of-life equipment and scrap. They choose to use the credit for an upcoming project, or we’ll write them a check.
  • Accompanied Justice & Mercy to The Amazon to help them provide people in remote villages with health and dental care while spreading the love of Jesus.


  • Sponsored a young woman in Moldova. Victoria, a 16-year-old who loves the color yellow, is at risk. In Moldova, the government’s institutional care of abandoned and orphaned children only lasts until they turn 16. At that time, without support, they’d be on their own with nowhere to stay and no family. Read more about giving back and being of service here.


  • Began offering franchise opportunities along the east coast. 
  • Considered partnering with Nascar Driver Jeff Maupin to sponsor his Nascar Truck. We couldn’t justify the project at the time, but the idea was fun to think about (it would have been really cool – think about the Securis-branded earplugs we could have given away).


  • Added microshredding technology to our service portfolio, allowing for data destruction that goes beyond traditional shredding and pulverizes devices into 2MM e-crumbs.
  • Advanced cloud-based mobile inventory tracking system and began the beta rollouts of our proprietary customer inventory portal.


  • Rebranded the company from PC Recycler to Securis, focusing on ultra-secure data destruction services.
  • Obtained R2 Certification and earned the Inc 500 fastest-growing private companies award.
The team was sharp, even back then!


  • Added on-site degaussing services to our portfolio, and implemented capabilities to provide on-site, high-speed degaussing and shredding. 
  • 13 people and six trucks. 13 people then was a lot of people for us! 


  • GSA Contract Schedule and obtained NAID AAA Certification with an expansion to 12,000 square feet!
  • On-site High-Speed Data Shredding and custom Cloud CRM & ERP software on Salesforce.com.


  • Moved from New York City to the Washington DC area, expanding from 4,000 square feet to 8,000 square feet.
  • Scanning technology implementation.
  • On-site hard drive destruction was introduced, allowing highly secure companies to witness the destruction at their location.
  • Salesforce.com implementation.


  • First Fortune 500 customer (Coca-Cola).


  • Our founder, Jeremy Farber, established PC Recycler in New York.

We’re looking forward to the next 23 years with you!

Is Your Android Sharing Your Secrets?

When your phone gets old, becomes out of date, or starts to break, it’s time to decide whether to sell it or trade it in. You might hit the factory reset button, thinking your information is safe. However, your Android may contain some very private information!

Think about what’s on your phone – social security numbers, saved passwords, tax information, and more. In order to ensure that none of your personal information is compromised, it’s important to recycle your smartphone properly.  Using a certified R2 ITAD company with data destruction services keeps your information safe.

“Reset” Phones Still Contain Sensitive Data

Avast purchased 20 used Android phones from eBay that were reset using the manufacturer’s recommended settings. After using an “off-the-shelf digital forensic file,” it recovered more than 40,000 pieces of personal and sensitive data, including photos, emails, texts, and even the previous user and their contacts. Users believed they had erased all data by using the factory reset option, but their sensitive information was all still available. 

Why Do Reset Phones Still Contain Personal Information?

Your phone has been reset to your manufacturer’s settings. So, how is information still being recovered? Avast discovered that the operating system was removing and deleting information from files and showing it as free, but in reality, it remained on the drive or storage card. 

What Avast found was that the hard reset on the phone was not actually occurring, and user information could be recovered.  

Android Recycling: Good for Protecting Personal Information and the Environment

How you’ll make this decision depends on what you want to do with your device when you replace it. If your device is broken, your best option is to recycle it. An IT Asset Disposition company will recycle your phone and protect your data by totally erasing it. By shredding the SIM card or storage card, you can be certain that your data will be inaccessible.

At Securis, we ensure that all phones and other electronic devices are completely wiped of all data and information before we remarket or recycle the materials. Data erasure is vital prior to upcycling anything. By reselling phones, we help keep electronic equipment out of landfills. 

If that still makes you apprehensive, shredding is an option to provide total physical destruction. By shredding the SIM card and any parts that contain personal information, total destruction is guaranteed. Let us know how we can help you protect your personal information by contacting us here.

Securis Provides Federally Approved Data Destruction

Proper disposal for government contractors is vital for federal compliance. Different businesses and data centers may have varying regulations regarding data destruction. Securis has been in the business of data destruction for more than 20 years. 

The Securis degausser is on the NSA-evaluated products list as an appropriate method of destruction. Our degaussers are NSA-approved and mobile so that we can destroy data on-site. Degaussing is the only federally approved method to sanitize classified and top secret level information.

The degausser uses a magnet to change the data that is stored on magnetic storage devices, making it unreadable. This can be used on items like hard drives, DLT tapes, cassettes, and more. The process renders hard drives unusable since it completely wipes the stored data. 

For sensitive data, degaussing is often followed by the physical destruction of your company’s data-containing devices. Going the extra step to shred your equipment guarantees further and complete destruction. A degaussed hard drive looks the same as a perfectly intact hard drive. Shredding the material after degaussing ensures that everything is properly disposed of. 

We also provide a certificate of destruction for auditing purposes. Whether we degauss your equipment on or off-site, we will provide this certificate for your records along with an audit-ready IT equipment inventory list. 

certificate of data destruction

Additional Security Measures to Protect Classified Data 

To protect classified data, all of our employees go through background checks. They’re completed upon hiring and repeated every three years of employment with Securis. We want to ensure that your data is secure every step of the way. 

Securis is compliant with all federal, state, and industry regulations. Click to see our certifications and compliance list.

Securis is committed to protecting the chain of custody. All vehicles have GPS tracking and intrusion protection reinforcement. 

If you need to see your hardware destroyed, no problem. If you need to sign off to have one of our employees witness it and provide the aforementioned certificate of destruction, we can do that. We’re here to help you do what is best for your organization’s needs when it comes to data destruction! 

Learn more here!