The R2 Standard sets forth requirements relating to environmental, health, safety, and security aspects of electronics recycling. R2 also requires e-recyclers to assure that more toxic material streams are managed safely and responsibly by downstream vendors-all the way to final disposition. It also prohibits e-recyclers and their downstream vendors from exporting these more toxic materials to countries that have enacted laws making their import illegal.
The R2 Standard focuses on the performance of electronics recyclers in the areas of:
- environmental and public health
- worker health and safety
- security (data and facility)
- the whole of the recycling process and chain of custody of materials through final disposition