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Tech Defenders: Leaders in Technology Disposal and Re-marketing Receive Responsible Electronic Recycling Certification

Posted 08/09/2019

Company Provides Secure and Eco-Friendly Mobile Device Solutions for Organizations

Grand Rapids, Michigan - Tech Defenders, a Grand Rapids-based company that focuses on the repurposing and remarketing of mobile electronic devices, was recently awarded the R2, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001 certifications for their Grand Rapids Headquarters location. 

Being awarded an R2 certification means that a company has demonstrated that all electronic equipment is being recycled following the highest standards for environmental protection, data privacy and wiping, facility security, and worker safety. The certification is issued by a cooperative of electronics recycling stakeholders including the Sustainable Electronics Recycling International. ISO 14001 focuses on environmental management systems, setting criteria under which a system is certified based on EPA Standards and ISO 45001 is focused on occupational health and safety of our workforce. These certifications include an extensive audit & continuous improvement of a company’s facility and provide transparency for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and ensure the security of their data or hardware upon retiring those devices.

“Our company has always practiced responsible disposal and reuse of retired products, but by obtaining these certifications, it provides our partners peace of mind that our company has undergone an extensive audit, which concludes that our procedures align with SERI and EPA standards,” said Connor Sweeney, Chief Operating Officer of Tech Defenders. “If you visit the Tech Defenders facility, you will find a number of safety and security measures in place throughout the facility: gated & badge controlled entrance and exits, including metal detectors, dock security, and security personnel to ensure data privacy and safety for our customers, employees, and inventory.” he added.

Pete Terryn, Tech Defenders Sr. Director of Operations added: “Considering the sensitivity around private information and the negative effect of e-waste has on our environment, it is important to choose a partner that invests in certifying its process. Obtaining these certifications was a long and tedious process, but it was important in providing transparency for current and future partners.”  

About Tech Defenders
Tech Defenders is an IT Asset Disposition and Electronics Repair Depot servicing high volume education and enterprise customers. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, Tech Defenders offers end-to-end lifecycle services designed to minimize on-going maintenance costs and maximize the recovery value of aging and obsolete technology. For more information on Tech Defenders services, please visit

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