PC manufacturer Lenovo and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality have joined the R2 Leaders recycling program.
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.
Lenovo has implemented policies to ensure it uses responsible recycling vendors, according to Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), which administers the program. Additionally, Lenovo has donated funds that 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 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.