What Is R2 and Why Is It Important?

Anyone can claim to be a responsible recycler, but R2 Certified companies prove it with annual inspections conducted by independent third party certifying bodies. R2 Certified recyclers and refurbishers comply with the requirements of the R2 Standard which was developed by a multi-stakeholder group with representatives from the EPA, major manufacturers and recyclers to protect the environment, workers and data security. More and more businesses and government agencies are entrusting their decommissioned electronic equipment to R2 Certified companies because they recognize the value of protecting their brand and bottom line from data breeches and environmental liabilities stemming from improper disposal of their IT assets. R2 Certified companies conform to the highest industry standards, which reduces your exposure to liability.


Using an R2 Certified company offers the following safeguards:

  • Protection from unintended consequences (involving data security, health/safety of works and communities) due to improper disposal of electronic devices.
  • The highest industry standards for data destruction or sanitization of data sensitive devices.
  • R2 Certified companies use stringent tracking of inventory/equipment that flows through their facilities as well as strict testing methods for all equipment being resold.
  • R2 Certified companies are committed to abiding by the rigorous requirements of the R2 Standard which ensures accountability and adherence to the highest industry standards for data security, health/safety of workers and sustainability of environmental protection. R2 Certified recyclers also undergo yearly, multi-day inspections to prove their commitment to this standard.
  • R2 Certified recyclers strongly believe in reduce, reuse and recover
  • Protection for your customers, your business and your own personal information
  • Limit your exposure to data breeches
  • Limit your exposure to environmental liability
  • To protect people, the planet and personal data.


(Visit SERI – Sustainable Electronics Recycling International @ www.sustainableelectronics.org to learn more about the R2:2013 standard and certification).