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E-Waste Management: Is Your Program in Compliance?

Comcast may be the latest company to illegally dump its e-waste — resulting in a $25.95 million settlement with the state of California — but its not alone in its “careless and unlawful” e-waste disposal practices, which put people and the environment at risk. Less than one-sixth of last year’s … Read more »

R2 Ready for Reuse label

SERI, Microsoft, PCRR Launch PC Recycling, Refurbishing Pilot

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 … Read more »


Proper Materials Storage Fundamental to E-Recycling

Proper storage of materials is a fundamental element of the electronics recycling R2 Standard that is addressed in Provision 9, according to SERI, which manages the R2 recycling standard. While the material storage requirements of R2:2013 are rooted in basic environmental, health and safety regulations in place in the US, … Read more »


Illegal E-Waste Dumping Charges Cost GES its R2 Certification

Global Environmental Services’ electronics recycling R2 certification has been suspended following reports that GES operated an illegal dump, using a bulldozer to bury CRTs and other electronic equipment near its facility in Georgetown, Kentucky. Kentucky waste management inspectors said they received several photos showing e-waste being dumped at the site … Read more »

SERI’s R2 Standard Earns ANSI Accreditation

The Sustainable Electronics Recycling International’s (SERI’s) R2 electronics recycling standard has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). SERI says the accreditation is significant because the US government places a premium on the use of voluntary consensus standards in its procurement and regulatory activities. SERI sites the National … Read more »

Finding Electronics Recyclers Just Got Easier

SERI has launched a complete redesign of its website, SustainableElectronics.org, and updated its Find a Recycler feature. The Find a Recycler directory now updates daily, as opposed to weekly, and includes information on types of materials accepted, recycling processes, and consumer drop-off availability. Users can filter or search by any … Read more »

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How to Develop an Effective E-Recycling Quality Plan

Provision 6 of the R2 Standard for electronics recycling requires that R2-certified companies implement a written quality assurance plan if they are directing electronics to reuse. According to Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), a quality assurance plan includes the controls needed to ensure that a process is effective. Provision 6 of … Read more »

Microsoft, SERI, PCRR Spearhead R2 Ready for Reuse Pilot

SERI, Microsoft and PC Rebuilders & Recyclers are leading a pilot project that will create incentives for purchasing refurbished computers, according to SERI. The R2 Ready for Reuse Project will host the refurbishment and testing reports for R2 refurbished computers in an online database. A purchaser of a refurbished computer … Read more »

Lenovo, Arizona DEQ Join R2 Recycling Leaders

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 … Read more »

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Transition to Stricter E-Recycling Standard Complete

The transition period for upgrading to the new R2:2013 electronics recycling standard ended Dec. 31, 2014. This means R2:2008 certificates are no longer recognized and the R2 “Leaf” logo no longer indicates that a facility is R2 certified. Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), the governing body of the R2 standard, … Read more »

Three Companies Join R2 Recycling Leaders

Arrow Electronics, Blancco and JT Environmental Consulting are the three latest companies to join the R2 Recycling Leader program. 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 … Read more »

OneSource Freight

OneSource Freight Joins R2 Recycling Leader Program

Transportation and logistics provider OneSource Freight has joined SERI’s R2 Recycling Leaders program, which recognizes leadership efforts in electronics recycling among companies and nonprofits organizations. OneSource Freight has been a consistent supporter of the R2 Standard since its development in 2008, and provided guidance in the drafting of Provision 12 … Read more »

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