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SERI looks to address smart device data challenges

Published: November 9, 2022
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Apple Watch on product box.

SERI is working to clarify its R2v3 standard on how to handle data on different kinds of smart devices. | Anastasia Desiana/Shutterstock

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It has long been acknowledged in the reuse world that some smart items, such as fitness trackers, are difficult to properly wipe personal data from. One organization is now taking steps to address the problem. 

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Reseller faces allegations of violating e-Stewards standards

Published: September 1, 2022
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Laptop courtesy of WT World Trading

A laptop that WT World Trading claims Tech-Resale shipped to it in the United Arab Emirates. | Courtesy of WT World Trading

The e-Stewards certification program has blacklisted Tech-Resale for at least two years, concluding that the electronics reseller violated several of the standard’s requirements.

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What eBay’s certification partnership means for resellers

Published: June 23, 2022
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Company sign for eBay at company HQ.

U.S. remarketers now have the option of having Phonecheck evaluate and produce reports on their devices sold through the eBay Refurbished program. | Michael Vi/Shutterstock

One of the world’s biggest e-commerce channels, eBay, has launched a program allowing refurbishers to sell Phonecheck-certified devices through the platform. One expert explained what the development means for remarketers.

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SERI: One-fifth of R2v3 facilities do both reuse and recycling

Published: May 5, 2022
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Laptops gathered for repair or recycling.

SERI data shows 33% of R2v3-certified companies have certified for e-scrap recycling services. | ThamKC/Shutterstock

Recently published R2v3 certification data illustrates just how diverse the industry has become, with relatively few reuse and recycling Swiss Army knives out there.

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Industry association retires ‘NAID Member’ logo

Published: January 20, 2022
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Hard drive shredding

Many e-scrap firms that shred material or engage in other forms of data destruction are NAID AAA Certified. | Huguette Roe/Shutterstock

An industry association has made changes designed to ensure that data destruction customers don’t confuse “NAID member” to mean “NAID AAA Certified.”

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In Our Opinion: Certifications serve all of us

Published: December 23, 2021
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Scrap electronics for recycling.

Responding to recent criticism of certifications generally, e-Stewards leadership argues standards have evolved to be more user friendly and are prepared to address a rapidly changing industry. | sasirin pamai/Shutterstock

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Processors benefit from hiring an oft-overlooked workforce

Published: December 16, 2021
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Bill Morris of Blue Star Recyclers

Bill Morris of Blue Star Recyclers, which today has 52 employees, 48 of whom have a diagnosed disability. | Screenshot of online presentation.

In today’s labor market, companies may only dream about having less than 10% employee turnover and little to no absenteeism in their more-repetitive jobs. But data demonstrates those are some of the advantages of employing adults with disabilities.

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EPR program to require e-Stewards over R2

Published: December 2, 2021
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Sign on building for the Government of the District of Columbia.

The Washington, D.C. council passed a bill that will require OEMs in the extended producer responsibility program to do business with only e-Stewards-certified processors. | DCStockPhotography/Shutterstock

Processors participating in Washington, D.C.’s electronics recycling program must carry e-Stewards certification next year. It’s a change from the previous rules, which allowed either e-Stewards or R2 to satisfy the certification requirement.

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