Boulder, Colorado – Three more companies joined the R2 Recycling Leader program today, expanding the scope and diversity of the program and highlighting the desire of companies and organizations to address issues in sustainable electronics.
Arrow Electronics, Blancco, and JT Environmental Consulting are the newest partners in the R2 Recycling Leader program, bringing the total number of partners to 17. Since launching in June with 10 founding partners, the R2 Recycling Leader program has had consistent momentum and interest among stakeholders.
The R2 Leader program, developed by SERI, recognizes leadership on electronics recycling issues, and connects participating groups to additional projects or opportunities. R2 Leaders agree to take a leadership role in a project to advance responsible reuse or recycling around the world, such as funding pilot projects for responsible recycling in developing countries, or creating new programs for electronics collection, refurbishment or recycling.
- Arrow Electronics is assisting SERI and other R2 Leader partners in helping train recycling facility managers in the Latin America region on the R2 Standard, as well as other projects to build responsible electronics recycling capacity.
- Blancco is designing a college and university outreach campaign to raise awareness of data security and responsible electronics recycling issues.
- JT Environmental Consulting has agreed to donate consulting services to aid electronics recyclers and electronics recycling projects as part of its commitment to the program.
The three companies join a coalition of partners including DIRECTV, Goodwill Industries International, Greeneye Partners, Keep America Beautiful, Microsoft, OneSource Freight, Oracle, Panasonic, Recycle Across America, Reverse Logistics Sustainability Council, Sony America, SourceAmerica, Wistron Corporation and Xerox.
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. Electronics recycling and refurbishment facilities certified to the R2 Standard adhere to best-practices in worker health and safety, environmental protection, chain-of-custody reporting, data security, and other areas.