Proper Disposal of Batteries, Electronics, and Hazardous Waste
E-waste, such as computers, printers, tablets and cell phones, contain toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. These toxic ingredients of our electronics can have long-term effects such as cancer, DNA damage, or birth defects. When they are thrown away in the trash, they end up in landfills, and these toxic compounds can leak into soil and water, polluting lakes and streams and making them unfit for drinking, swimming, fishing, and supporting wildlife. It’s vital to attempt repair or recycle your old electronics carefully and never simply dispose of it with the trash.
R2 (Responsible Recycling) Certification
The R2/RIOS™ certification is solely for electronics recyclers to demonstrate to customers that electronics equipment is being recycled with the highest standards for environmental protection, worker health and safety, and data privacy, and facility security. R2/RIOS™ is a combination of the Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices and the Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™). R2 was developed by a broad-based cooperative of electronics recycling stakeholders that included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state governments, manufacturers, recyclers, trade groups and non-governmental organizations. RIOS™ is the sole program on the market that combines quality, environmental, health and safety requirements in a single management system.