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I.T. Supply Solutions handles your data lifecycle concerns, including recycling any data media on outdated equipment that can no longer be kept up to modern standards.

In today’s blog, our experts answer frequently asked questions regarding R2 recycling companies.

What is an R2 recycling company?

An R2 recycling company means it follows strict standards and has certifications from Sustainable Electronics Recycling International, or SERI. 

What does R2 mean for recycling companies?

R2 stands for responsible recycling, and it means a company follows strict guidelines and procedures for recycling electronics designed to keep electronics out of landfills.

Who certifies R2 recycling companies?

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International, or SERI, certifies R2 recycling companies.

What does it take to become an R2 recycling company?

Companies must follow SERI’s standards, including:

Having an approved Environmental, Health and Safety Management System as the basis for an R2 recycling company’s best practices for recycling. R2 recycling companies must also follow SERI’s recommendations for the reuse-recycling industry. 

Facilities that engage in test, repair, and/or brokering activities must have a quality management system verified through an accredited certification body approved by SERI.

The highest standard to meet is RIOS:2016

An auditor then examines the records a company must keep to show evidence of their R2 recycling activities. Examples of this evidence include testing records, data destruction records, records that track the flow of equipment and materials through the facility, and proof of legality of trans-boundary shipments, among others. 

Each R2 recycling company must make annual internal audits to make sure they follow standards. 

To earn the R2 qualification to start, R2 recycling companies must undergo a two-step audit process. Stage 1 reviews the company’s processes and procedures. Stage 2 occurs one to two months later when someone comes to examine the company’s physical facility.

To maintain the certification, R2 recycling companies must undergo annual audits.

How many R2 recycling companies are there?

There are 979 facilities in 35 countries that hold an R2 certification.

How do I find an R2 recycling company?

SERI has an online directory that lets you search for R2 recycling companies. You can narrow the search by address, mile radius around a location, region, country, state, and city. You can also see a list of companies in alphabetical order and you can search by company name.

Who is an R2 recycling company in Greater Cincinnati?

I.T. Supply Solutions, based in the Cincinnati area, can assess your computer equipment and decide the best course of action with regard to responsible recycling.

Call us at (859) 694-0602 or contact us for more information. 

More To Explore

Electronics Recycling Day to benefit the Independence Police Department's K-9 Unit

Sponsored by the Independence Police Department & I.T. Supply Solutions

Items collected include desktops, laptops, phones (landlines or cellular), flat monitors, servers, loose hard drives, calculators, and cameras.

Please note: No old TVs, microwaves, or bulky monitors.

Donations can be dropped off or made by mail. Check or money order to be made payable to ‘City of Independence’ to:

Independence Police Department
Canine Unit Donation
5409 Madison Pike
Independence, Kentucky 41051
Dropbox available in parking lot

Send contributions via Venmo to Independence Canine using @Independence-Canine.