The Sustainable Electronics Reuse & Recycling Standard (R2v3)

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R2v3 refers to the third version of the Sustainable Electronics Reuse & Recycling (R2) standard, which is a widely recognized certification program for the sustainable reuse and recycling of electronics. The R2v3 standard is developed and administered by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible and sustainable practices in the electronics recycling and refurbishment industry.


The R2v3 standard sets forth requirements for electronics recyclers and refurbishers to ensure the responsible management of used electronics. It focuses on environmental protection, worker health and safety, data security, and the proper handling of hazardous materials.

Key features and requirements of the R2v3 standard include: 


  1. Environmental Responsibility: Certified organizations must establish processes for managing electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner. This includes proper sorting, separation, and recycling of materials, minimizing the release of hazardous substances, and preventing pollution.
  2. Worker Health and Safety: The R2v3 standard places a strong emphasis on protecting the health and safety of workers involved in used electronics recycling and refurbishment. Certified organizations must provide a safe working environment, proper training, and protective equipment for employees. Health and Safety requirements are enhanced for recyclers who perform Materials Recovery.
  3. Data Security: Certified recyclers must implement stringent measures to ensure the secure handling and destruction of data-containing devices. This involves the proper sanitization or destruction of data to protect against unauthorized access or data breaches.
  4. Legal Compliance: The R2v3 standard requires compliance with all applicable local, national, and international laws and regulations related to electronics recycling and hazardous material management.
  5. Focus on Reuse and Responsible Recycling: The R2v3 standard encourages the reuse of electronics whenever possible and promotes responsible recycling practices for end-of-life devices. It encourages the recovery of valuable materials from electronics while minimizing the generation of waste.

To achieve R2v3 certification, electronics recyclers and refurbishers must undergo a comprehensive third-party audit by an Accredited Certification Body. The Certification Body verifies conformance with the standard’s requirements and ensures that the organization operates in an environmentally responsible and socially ethical manner.



R2v3 certification demonstrates an organization’s commitment to sustainable electronics recycling practices, environmental sustainability, worker safety, and data security. It provides assurance to customers, partners, and stakeholders that used electronics are being managed responsibly and in accordance with industry best practices.

For the most up-to-date and detailed information about the R2v3 standard, including its requirements and the certification process, visit the official website of Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), the organization responsible for administering the R2v3 standard.



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