A computer refurbishing and recycling pilot project, supported by Microsoft, PC Rebuilders and Recyclers, and SERI has launched.
The R2 Ready for Reuse label project will provide purchasers of used computers assurance that the used devices have been responsibly refurbished.
The program provides participating R2 Certified computer refurbishing and recycling companies with R2 Ready for Reuse labels that each contain a unique serial number. One of the labels is attached to each R2 Ready for Reuse computer, allowing purchasers to look up the serial number and view the testing record for that unit to ensure it is in good working condition.
The program will help extend the useful life of resources that went into manufacturing PCs, says Sean Nicholson, worldwide manager Microsoft OEM Refurbisher Programs.
The pilot phase of the R2 Ready for Reuse label project will focus on gathering data on how the labels are used, their effectiveness as both a sales and transparency tool, the effectiveness of the online database, interest in the computer repair and refurbishing industry, and other factors.
The initial phase of the pilot will include five companies and will run from January 2016 to June 2016. At that point, the project partners say they will perform a comprehensive evaluation of progress and make a decision as to whether to expand the pilot program to include more companies.
Companies, organizations and other stakeholders that join the R2 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.