R2 Solutions

Principles underlying the R2 Standard


R2 Solutions promotes environmental protection, human health and safety, and an economically-sustainable global electronics recycling industry by promoting the responsible management of end-of-life electronic equipment.

The R2 Standard is our primary tool for achieving these goals.  It is based on the following underlying principles:

  1. Serve as a market-oriented mechanism for:

    • identifying top-performing electronics recyclers and refurbishers in terms of environmental responsibility, worker health and safety, and data security throughout the world;
    • promoting a high level of protection of the environment and human health and safety that does not vary geographically; and
    • requiring due diligence throughout the recycling chain regarding the management of potentially toxic materials.
  2. Require that all trade in end-of-life electronic assets is conducted legally.
  3. Maximize the reuse of working equipment and components and the recovery of commodity materials. 
  4. Provide performance requirements that allow electronics recyclers to innovate and adopt improvements in technology and advances in best practices.
  5. Reflect the experience and input of each stakeholder group by revising the Standard in an open, transparent and balanced manner. 


The R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is responsible for developing and recommending changes to the R2 Standard and is composed of representatives from key stakeholder groups. The TAC adheres to the above-stated principles in all its deliberations and actions.