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The importance of R2v3 Certification

Recently, OceanTech achieved a significant milestone by obtaining official certification for R2v3 from SERI. For those who may not be familiar, the R2v3 certification is an important recognition for partners of OceanTech. But what exactly is R2v3, and why is it such a crucial certification for those in the IT asset disposition industry? Let’s delve into these questions and more. 

What is the R2v3 Certification?

Essentially, the R2v3 certification is short for Responsible Recycling. It is the global standard for the IT asset disposition industry, originally established with guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Unlike simply managing electronic waste, R2’s emphasis is on recycling and reusing IT equipment, with the ultimate goal of creating a truly circular lifecycle for these assets. 

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Why is it important?

The importance of the R2v3 certification cannot be overstated. To receive it, a company must meet a rigorous set of standards, with both warehouse staff and compliance teams required to maintain complete compliance. This certification is in place to ensure the protection of people handling the equipment, reduce environmental impact, keep data secure, and preserve resources in the disposal of IT waste. In short, the R2v3 certification signifies a commitment to responsible and sustainable practices within the ITAD industry. 

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What does this certification mean to you? 

As a partner of OceanTech, the R2v3 certification should provide you with peace of mind. This certification is a testament to our commitment to ensuring that any data on devices sold to us is processed properly, and that any retired technology is recycled in the safest, most environmentally friendly manner possible. In short, you can trust that we will handle your IT assets with the utmost care and responsibility. 

For OceanTech, obtaining the R2v3 certification is significant stride towards achieving our goal of making technology affordable and preventing it from ending up in landfills.

This certification is a testament to our unwavering dedication to
this goal, and it showcases to our clients that we uphold the fundamental principles upon which our business was established. We are extremely proud of our team for their exceptional preparation in obtaining this certification, and their rapid adaptation to the new regulations implemented by SERI.

Alex Sumetsky

Co-Founder at OceanTech

Why did we get these certifications?

At OceanTech, we obtained the R2v3 certification because we understand the importance of responsibly managing electronic waste and ensuring data security. We recognize the sensitivity surrounding private information and the negative impact e-waste has on the environment. Our decision to become certified involved a lengthy and rigorous process, which included an extensive audit of our facility. Ultimately, this certification allows us to provide transparency to our clients who wish to identify and control their environmental impact, and to ensure the security of their data and hardware after it leaves our facility. 

Benefits of the R2v3 certification

The benefits of the R2v3 certification are many. It promotes safe and effective reuse and recovery of electronic equipment and components, emphasizes data security and appropriate management of personal data, and provides a standardized template for labeling, testing, and grading used electronics. It also promotes accountability and downstream control of the recycling chain, minimizes environmental and public health risks, and demonstrates compliance with domestic and international laws, among other benefits. Certified third-party review instills public confidence in the ITAD company. 

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Why should your ITAD partner have it? 

It is important for your ITAD partner to have the R2v3 certification to ensure that your IT equipment is handled properly, particularly for assets with sensitive data. The yearly audits required to maintain certification involve a review of warehouse operations, proper documentation, and proof of where recycled equipment is being distributed. It is crucial to confirm that your ITAD partner is certified in R2 and is working towards obtaining certification for R2v3. 

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