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Like taxes, it's only expected that regulation will increase...

The exponential growth of electronic waste has created a pressing need for the responsible management of its disposal and, in doing so, has spawned a bewildering amount of national and international legislation. Compliance is already paramount and it's becoming obvious the situation will become ever more regulated.

To get it wrong is to waste valuable time and money, risk severe penalties and jeopardize an organization’s most valuable asset – its reputation.

SK tes has localized relationships with regulatory authorities worldwide 

Our recycling infrastructure lowers our clients’ risk profile. We have compliance representatives at each site and a deep understanding of local language, culture and compliance nuances.
We’re certified to R2v3, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 and ISO 45001. The ever-changing patchwork of regulations is something you don’t need to navigate. It’s our role to ensure your retired IT assets are managed compliantly.

We take care of numerous regulatory hurdles including...

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is a European Union (EU) law that mandates proper labeling, collection, recycling, and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment. Manufacturers and importers of such equipment are obligated to comply with these regulations. At SK tes, we provide comprehensive services that handle the entire WEEE compliance process, including collection, reporting, and ensuring end-to-end compliance. Our services make it easy for manufacturers and importers to comply with these regulations effortlessly.

Energy-using products (EUP) directive and eco-labeling

The Energy-using Products (EUP) Directive is an EU regulation that governs product design to ensure full lifecycle compliance, from raw materials to eventual disposal or recycling. At SK tes, our processes are designed to help the industry meet these. We are also well-versed in eco-labelling standards and can assist companies in obtaining eco-labels for their products, further demonstrating their commitment to environmental sustainability.

Batteries directive and RoHS

The Batteries Directive and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive are both European Union regulations aimed at protecting human health and the environment. The RoHS Directive restricts the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, while the Batteries Directive requires the responsible management of batteries and their disposal. Compliance with these regulations is essential to ensure that materials and disposal methods are managed responsibly, and we at SK tes are dedicated to helping our clients meet these requirements through our comprehensive compliance programs.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is an EU law that regulates data protection and privacy for individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA). At SK tes, we prioritize the protection of your data and ensure GDPR compliance. As a fully GDPR-compliant organization, we handle and store your data with the utmost care to meet all requirements. You can have peace of mind knowing that we take every precaution to ensure that no fines are issued.

Consumer and public protection regulations

Our rigorous testing procedures are certified to ensure compliance with consumer and public protection regulations. Electrically powered devices have the potential to cause injury or worse, which is why we take the safety of our equipment very seriously. Our testing procedures provide you with the peace of mind that the equipment being prepared for reuse is safe and compliant with all regulations, so you can rest assured that no liability will fall on you.

Stringent security measures

We understand that data and IT asset security are of utmost importance to our clients. That's why we follow strict security protocols and adhere to the US Security Services NIST 800.00 standard for data sanitizing and destruction of data-bearing media. Our secure facilities are equipped with physical and network security measures such as access control and intrusion alarm systems, walk-through metal detectors, badged door access, and holistic digital CCTV with state-of-the-art USA NVR IP cameras that have a storage capacity of 90-180 days. We also employ virtual patrol/e-bike patrol and conduct security risk assessments aligned to TAPA FSR 2020 to ensure that your data and assets are always safe in transit and storage. With our stringent security measures, you can have peace of mind knowing that your sensitive information is always protected.

SK tes can be your partner that can demonstrably manage the compliant flow and processing of every asset across local, regional, and global supply chains. Let us help you safeguard your organization's reputation and manage your IT assets compliantly.

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Transboundary movement of e-waste is getting more difficult

Every transboundary shipment raises serious questions to think through:

  • What can/can’t you export/import?
  • What volume limitations are imposed?
  • What are the transport requirements?
  • What regulatory agencies are involved?
  • How do you complete the required paperwork?
  • Do assets need to be tested prior to shipment?
  • Can you avoid delays/penalties during the process?

Legislation and regulations vary widely from country to country and are complex and constantly evolving. This demands a guide like SK tes. You need an expert with the knowledge to pick up assets, export them legitimately, and import them into another country.

All of this involves:

  • Export and import rules and regulations vary depending on which country you’re exporting from and which country you’re importing to.
  • Transportation requirements for exporting between countries with separate regulations for air, sea or land movements of goods.
  • Building a rapport and truth with the many regulatory agencies involved.
  • Knowing the paperwork required and how to complete it using the many tariff and customs codes involved.
  • Replicating it all for exporting and importing countries — even those you have to pass to get there while avoiding delays and penalties.
  • Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes requires prior completion of shipment documents to obtain informed consent for the movement of goods and even deposits of funds to act as bonds in case of accidents in transit requiring recovery of potentially hazardous materials.
  • Use of classifications of used equipment being prepared for reuse in compliance with the R2 standard. Our facility in Seattle was amongst the first in the world to earn the new R2v3 certification.
  • We’ll help you avoid being mistaken for a ‘digital dumper’. We carefully consider the potential harm WEEE can cause people in developing countries so they’re never left to cope with potentially harmful recycling technologies and contamination.
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SK tes can be your partner that can demonstrably manage the compliant flow and processing of every asset across local, regional, country level and international laws, regulations and industry-level standards. The complexity of this ecosystem is incredible — yet managed by experienced SK tes personnel.

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