Houston e-waste recycling firm handles data security concerns with new data wiping technique and thorough hard-drive destruction.
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) August 05, 2014
For years, RAKI Electronics 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 RAKI to undergo the rigorous R2 certification audit.
R2 was created in 2008 as the highest award achieved in the e-waste 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.
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.
Here are three chief reasons for why being R2 certified is important in the IT asset disposal process for individuals and businesses alike:
- 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.
- Data security – A common concern is that an old computer will be a gateway for unwanted access to confidential information. The R2 data erasure 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.
- 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 e-waste recycling company illustrates that a company has done its due diligence with its electronic surplus. Today, proper e-waste disposal and data destruction 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 RAKI Electronics Recycling.
RAKI has serviced the residential and business community for proper e-waste disposal for 23 years. Based in Houston, TX, RAKI 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 white glove pick-up service.
Contact us today to schedule your free e-waste recycling evaluation.