Common electronic devices may contain some very toxic materials like lead, mercury, cadmium, flame retardants and others. When improperly disposed, these substances, and the toxins used to “recycle” the devices, cause serious damage to our ecosystems—killing plants and wildlife, and poisoning water.
eCyclers partners with a local company that maintains an e-Stewards Certification. We enjoy a volume discount which we pass onto our customers who usually have a combination of paper and electronic service requirements. We are responsible for the security of all your data on all your electronic devices, including:
As an e-Stewards partner we must follow stringent guidelines to minimize environmental impact from asset recycling, which includes:
- No dumping of hazardous electronic waste (HEW) in landfills, which can leach toxins into the ecosystem
- Reclaiming metals from computers, printers, handhelds, copiers, etc, reducing the need for toxic mining
- Recycling batteries to reclaim metals
- Refurbishing and reusing whenever possible, reducing the waste stream
- No burning of e-waste
- Following all state, federal and international laws governing e-waste disposal
- No exporting of HEW to developing countries
- Keeping detailed records of your assets and being audited by accredited third-party certification bodies for performance of data erasure and end-to-end security processes
- Maintaining a strict chain of custody to ensure your sensitive information remains secure
- Adhering to the Basel Convention
- Holding ourselves to stricter standards than most laws
Only verified and top quality e-waste recyclers are permitted in the e-Stewards program.
As an e-Stewards partner, we also adhere to R2:2013 Certification, set forth by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) and encouraged by the EPA.
R2 certification guarantees:
- Data security — All data on all devices are sanitized, purged, or destroyed using customer- and equipment-specific security programs.
- Reuse and Recycle — If it is deemed fit for reuse, equipment is exported. If not, it will be recycled and the IT assets exported only once R2 exporting recycling provisions are satisfied.
- Safe Environmental Practices — While remaining compliant with federal and international regulations, all steps in the process are handled in a safe and responsible manner ensuring the well-being of any employees as well as the environment.
- Proper e-Waste Disposal — In conjunction with our e-Stewards partner, our team holds all necessary state and federal regulated permits, licenses, and insurance and utilizes shipping and material tracking systems when sending materials to licensed and permitted facilities.
When a business works with a recycler following R2 certification standards, it shows that you are committed to data security as well as meeting your industry’s highest standards and best practices.