Last week, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) reported the first known instance of a doctored R2 certificate. SERI discovered the fraudulent certificate after an e-scrap processor attempted using the document to secure a contract.
The document, created by Secure Recycling, was a real R2 form with the facility name, date and certificate number altered. Secure Recycling presented the altered certificate to a school district with the intention of receiving a contract.
Since then, Secure Recycling has been placed on a list of non-certified processors. The list contains businesses who have violated R2 certification use through unvalidated use of the R2 logo and other misrepresentations.
Enterprises are encouraged to reference SERI’s unverified business list when choosing an e-scrap processor. In addition to checking the list, enterprises can validate the certificate number through SERI’s directory or by communicating with SERI directly.