Greentec, an Ontario-based electronics waste company that refurbishes, securely destroys, and recycles electronics, has received R2v3 — the latest upgrade in standards set for the electronics industry by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI).

On a global scale, growing concerns surrounding the negative environmental impact of e-waste and the prevalence of data security threats are altering how e-waste is managed. Heightened documentation, data security controls, material flow management and enhanced reuse operations are all key differentiators within R2v3 that aim to reduce growing risks across the electronics industry.

“The electronics industry is changing at an incredibly rapid pace, and it is the responsibility of e-waste processors to stay up to date with this evolution,” said Rebecca Herman, Greentec’s environmental compliance officer. “As the last line of defense during the destruction, recycling and disposal of old technology, Greentec takes our clients’ environmental and data security requirements seriously. We are thrilled to be receiving this certification and would like to thank the entire Greentec team for their hard work as we continue to lead the charge in Canada’s e-waste management efforts.”

Rebecca (Brown) Herman

Rebecca Herma, Greentec’s environmental compliance officer.

Elevated from previous R2 certifications, the ongoing innovation of standards set for electronic processors indicates a major shift in the industry. With a focus on strict compliance, accountability and a strong emphasis on the repair and reuse of devices, there is heightened pressure to mitigate data risks, while also reducing the amount of devices in improper waste streams.

Moving forward, these changing regulations mark an important turning point for electronic production, destruction and management in Canada. As the focus continues to shift towards reuse and repair, as well as protecting consumer data, tech processors are moving in the right direction to mitigate the harm caused by negligent electronic device management.

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