Boulder, Colorado - Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) today announced the addition of both Lenovo and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to the R2 Leaders program.
R2 Leaders is a partnership program to recognize and coordinate engagement on electronics recycling issues. Companies, organizations, and other stakeholders joining the program pledge to manage their electronics responsibly, consider R2 Certification as part of their criteria for choosing a recycler, and demonstrate leadership in the field of electronics recycling through the projects and policies.
SERI is excited to partner with Lenovo, the world's top PC manufacturer, for the R2 Leaders program. Lenovo brings with it a strong commitment to environmental sustainability in the design of its PCs and other electronics, and has implemented policies to ensure it uses responsible recycling vendors. Additionally, the company has donated funds which will help translate the R2:2013 Standard, R2 Guidance Document, and R2 Code of Practices into both Spanish and Portuguese, which will help in a broader effort to expand R2 certification in Central and South America.
The Arizona DEQ is notable as the first government agency to sign on to the program. As part of its commitment to the R2 Leaders program ADEQ will work with SERI to provide education to Arizona residents on the importance of responsibly managing used electronics, as well as resources on where they can find certified recyclers within the state.
These latest additions bring the total number of stakeholders participating in the R2 Recycling Leader program to 18 partners. The full list includes: ADEQ, Arrow Electronics, Blancco, DIRECTV, Goodwill Industries International, Greeneye Partners, JT Environmental Consulting, Keep America Beautiful, Lenovo, Microsoft, OneSource Freight, Oracle, Panasonic, Recycle Across America, Reverse Logistics Sustainability Council, Sony America, SourceAmerica, Wistron Corporation and Xerox.
The R2 Leaders program and the R2 Standard are both managed by SERI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the responsible and sustainable management of used electronics around the world. The R2 Standard was created in 2008 through a multi-stakeholder process that included the U.S. EPA, electronics manufacturers, recycling companies, non-profit organizations, and other groups. Over 490 electronics recycling facilities in 16 countries are currently certified to the R2:2013 version of the R2 Standard, which includes expanded record keeping, environmental health and safety, and data security requirements. More information is available at www.sustainableelectronics.org.