R2 Solutions’ John Lingelbach helped found a responsible recycling (hence the “R2” name) standard that provides guidelines for e-waste recyclers to properly, safely recycle through an extensive certification program. When Lingelbach began to investigate this back in 2006, e-waste recycling was completely unregulated and shrouded in mystery. Today, the organization has certified more than 425 companies. “Back in 2006, it was the Wild Wild West of electronics recycling,” Lingelbach recalls. “There was no way to know what you were getting into when you were partnering with an electronics recycler. The R2 standard provides an opportunity for electronics recyclers to get audited once a year and conform to environmental, health and safety, community health and safety and data security requirements.”

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