The industry watchdog group BAN recently found certified processing companies exporting non-functional electronics. Leaders of certified firms, however, say the impact of environmental standards remains strong.
"I would hate to go back to the old system where you just trust somebody who says, 'Don't worry, I'll do good stuff with it,'" said Willie Cade, the president of R2-certified PC Rebuilders and Recyclers. "Can I absolutely trust that one of my certified downstreams is doing the right things? No, but it's a whole lot better than the alternative."