R2 Leaders group to promote worldwide e-cycling standards


R2 Leaders group to promote worldwide e-cycling standards

Microsoft is named a founding member of R2 Leaders, a group dedicated to combating e-waste by responsibly recycling used electronics. Microsoft is championing the e-waste recycling movement. The Redmond, Wash.-based tech titan, along with Sony America, Xerox and Goodwill Industries, has been named a founding member of R2 Leaders, an electronics recycling group that aims to keep used gadgets and PCs out of landfills.

The R2 Standard calls for recyclers to take into account stringent environmental, health and security requirements for the safe handling of electronics. The standard ensures that more toxic material streams are managed safely and responsibly by downstream vendors to their final disposition.  Currently, 540 facilities across 17 countries carry R2 Standard certification. The standard also helps halt the spread of toxic materials that are often present in today’s electronics. R2 prohibits e-recyclers and their downstream vendors from exporting these more toxic materials to countries that have enacted laws making their import illegal.

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