Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) achieves Responsible Recycling R2:2013 Certification for South Africa site
SRS becomes the first and only R2-certified business in South Africa.
June 14, 2018
Ballito, South Africa – Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a leading global provider of electronics recycling and IT asset disposition (ITAD) services, recently became the first and only business in South Africa to achieve the Responsible Recycling (R2:2013) certification at its e-waste (WEEE or e-scrap) recycling site in Ballito, South Africa. This R2 certification is accredited by a third-party certification body and verifies whether companies’ processes are set up with high regard for the environment, as well as employee health and safety.
“Achieving the R2 certification at our Ballito electronic waste recycling site raises the bar for WEEE-treatment companies in South Africa, and shows our commitment to recycling end-of-life electronic equipment in the South African market,” stated Marc Affüpper, director of SRS, EMEA.
Affüpper continued, “As the first organization in this region to hold this certification, this is going to help us further establish a global criteria of operational standards.”
This R2 standard, managed by SERI, an ANSI-accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit standards development organization, provides a common set of processes, safety measures and documentation for recycling companies. R2-certified vendors manage the repair, disassembly and recycling of end-of-life electronics so customers can have confidence that processes are:
- Protective of the health and safety of workers and the public,
- Environmentally responsible, and
- Data secure.
“This is wonderful news,” adds John Lingelbach, executive director of SERI, “the SRS facility in Ballito, with its R2 certification, is the leader on the African continent for responsible recycling of electronics.”
SRS in South Africa is also accredited for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification programs. These certifications allow SRS Ballito to highlight its values to customers, employees, the community and the public.
About Sims Lifecycle Services
Sims Lifecycle Services (SLS) provides solutions to extend the life of data center and corporate technology devices and recognizes the value in end-of-life IT hardware. The company supports Cloud Service Providers and enterprises with the navigation of ongoing technology shifts. SLS’ secure and responsible management of decommissioning and dispositioning IT assets recovers value via reuse, redeployment, recycling and precious metal recovery.
IT asset disposition (ITAD) and electronics recycling services offered at SLS support the evolution of the technology industry movement toward circularity. SLS clients benefit from data security, maximum IT value recovery, global compliance and sustainable IT use. As a responsible corporate citizen, and in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we continuously seek new ways to contribute to the circular economy. For more information, visit www.simslifecycle.com.