Changing how the world recycles.
Anyone can claim to be a responsible recycler, but R2 Certified companies prove it with annual inspections conducted by independent certifying bodies. R2 Certified recyclers and refurbishers comply with the requirements of the R2 Standard, which was developed by the EPA, major manufacturers, and recyclers to protect the environment, workers, and data security.
More and more businesses and government agencies are entrusting their decommissioned electronic equipment to R2 certified recyclers because they recognize the value of protecting their brand and bottom line from data breaches and environmental liabilities stemming from improper disposal of their IT assets. R2 Certified companies conform to the highest industry standards, which reduces your liability exposure.
What is R2 Certified Electronics Recyclers?
EPA (Environmental protection agency) encourages all electronics recyclers to become certified by demonstrating to an accredited, independent third-party auditor that they meet specific standards to recycle and manage electronics safely. Responsible Recycling (“R2”) Standard for Electronics Recyclers.
Advance best management practices
Offer a way to assess the environmental, worker health, and security practices of entities managing used electronics.
• Are based on strong environmental standards that maximize reuse and recycling, minimize exposure to human health or the environment, ensure safe management of materials by downstream handlers, and require the destruction of all data on used electronics.
• R2 Certified electronics recyclers have demonstrated through audits and other means that they continually meet specific high environmental standards and safely manage used electronics. Once certified, continual oversight by the independent accredited certifying body holds the recycler to the particular standard.
For Businesses, Governments and Large Purchasers
EPA recommends using R2 certified electronics recyclers to manage unwanted, used electronics. Advance best management practices and offer a way to assess the environmental, worker health and safety, and security practices of entities managing used electronics.
For households with smaller amounts of used electronics to donate or recycle, you can find collection programs that use certified recyclers.
Why Donate or Recycle Electronics
Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions caused by manufacturing virgin materials.
• Recycling one million laptops save the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 homes in a year.
• For every million cell phones we recycle, 16 thousand kgs of copper, 350 kgs of silver, 34 kgs of gold, and 15 kgs of palladium can be recovered.