E-Scrap Recycling Resources

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
www.isri.org
ISRI, a Washington, DC, based trade association, represents more than 1,600 for-profit companies – ranging from small, family-owned businesses to large, multi-national corporations — operating at more than 6,000 facilities in the United States and 30 countries worldwide. Our members are manufacturers and processors, brokers and industrial consumers of scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastics, glass and textiles. ISRI’s associate members include equipment and service providers to the scrap recycling industry. Manufacturers and sellers of equipment and services—such as shredders, balers, cranes, cargo transporters, computer systems and more—find value in promoting the scrap recycling industry through their membership in ISRI.

The World Reuse, Repair and Recycling Association
http://www.wr3a.org/
WR3A supports legitimate reuse, repair and recycling businesses overseas by with purchase orders from USA suppliers who maintain a higher standard of quality.  Exporters who mix unrepairable and toxic junk into loads are abusing the environment.  But companies who pledge not to export at all widen the digital divide, and sacrifice sustainable employment.   WR3A opposes “boycotts” of the export market, “zero tolerance” or “no intact unit” programs.
Certified Electronics Recyclers
http://www.certifiedelectronicsrecycler.com/
R2/RIOS™ is the only program that can provide the trademarked designation of R2/RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler™. Over time, we believe these words will be identified closely with responsible recycling.
To become a R2/RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler™, a company must implement and be certified to two standards, R2/RIOS™. ISRI’s integrated program helps recyclers improve their operations and meet the emerging needs of the marketplace.

R2 Solutions
http://www.r2solutions.org/
R2 Solutions (R2S) is a non-profit organization established to house the R2 Practices.  It will conduct educational and outreach services and provide administrative support for the multi-stakeholder R2 Technical Advisory Committee.
Our Goals:

  •     Assure open, transparent, and balanced governance of the R2 Practices
  •     Educate about responsible recycling practices
  •     Promote the use of the R2 Practices
  •     Explore opportunities for collaboration in furtherance of responsible electronics recycling throughout the world

R2 Electronics Recyclers
http://www.r2solutions.org/certified/electronic-recyclers-with-r2-certified-facilities/

EPA Electronics Recycling Webpage
http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/

The use of electronic products has grown substantially over the past two decades, changing the way and the speed in which we communicate and how we get information and entertainment. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Americans now own approximately 24 electronic products per household.1

Donating used electronics for reuse extends the lives of valuable products. Recycling electronics prevents valuable materials from going into the waste stream. Consumers now have many options to recycle or donate for reuse their used electronics. Many computer, TV, and cell phone manufacturers, as well as electronics retailers offer some kind of take back program or sponsor recycling events. About half of the states currently have laws on disposal and recycling of electronics Exit EPA and several other states are considering passing similar laws.

Unfortunately not every electronic recycler follows environmentally sound recycling practices; however, responsible electronics recyclers and refurbishers can now become certified by demonstrating to an accredited, independent third party that they meet available standards on responsible recycling practices. EPA encourages all electronics recyclers to become certified and all customers to choose certified recyclers.

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