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1 Why it matters what you do with old electronics © R2 Solutions

2 The Good News: Bridging the Digital Divide As of 2012, 41% of the world’s households are connected to the internet. More than half are in developing regions of the world. Source: ITU © R2 Solutions

3 Global access to both new and refurbished electronic devices continues to grow World Population: 7.1 Billion Mobile subscriptions: 6.8 Billion The developing world accounted for 76.6 % of all mobile phone subscriptions. © R2 Solutions

4 The Bad News: © R2 Solutions Estimated 50 million tons of discarded electronics every year…and growing. 80% of used electronics going to landfills or incinerators Limited supply of the natural resources needed to make new electronic devices.

5 The Big Question: What to do about… Rapidly changing electronic devices Increasing global demand, with limited natural resources 80-85% of unwanted electronics going to landfills or incinerators © R2 Solutions

6 A Sustainable & Sensible Solution: Reuse & Recover © R2 Solutions Reuse - Widely recognized as most environmentally beneficial form of recycling. Repair & reuse provides access to affordable electronics to more consumers in more countries around the world.

7 Computer dealer in India partners with R2 Certified company to provide affordable, refurbished computers for resale. © R2 Solutions “Everyone should have the right to access technology. By providing low cost hardware to people in my country, I can help them connect to the world.” -- Computer Dealer A Sustainable & Sensible Solution: Reuse & Recover

8 © R2 Solutions Rethinking what we classify as “e-Waste” How broken smart phones are being reused: Screens reused in video doorbells and electronic toys CPUs reused in remote controls & e-readers GPUs reused in digital picture frames Plastics & precious metals recovered and used in new products. A Sustainable & Sensible Solution: Reuse & Recover

9 © R2 Solutions Recover - “Urban mining” for valuable metals and other materials contained in end-of-life electronics: Recovers times more precious metals than from mined ore. Requires significantly less energy. Leaves smaller environmental footprint.

10 Manufacturing new toner cartridges requires 400% more energy and resources than re-manufacturing used cartridges to original OEM specs AND saves 3.5 quarts of oil that is needed to produce the plastic for each new cartridge. One ton of recycled cell phones yields $15,000 in precious metals. Recovering aluminum from used electronics saves 90% of the energy it takes to mine new aluminum. © R2 Solutions A Sustainable & Sensible Solution: Reuse & Recover

11 © R2 Solutions Every One Counts… Responsible recycling starts with YOU. Less than 20% of electronics are safely recycled. Most U.S. households & businesses are storing unwanted electronics that have great potential for good… if properly recycled.

12 © R2 Solutions Every One Counts… Responsible recycling starts with YOU. Every cell phone, laptop, tablet or computer that is collecting dust in your closet or basement can make a difference. SO RECYCLE THEM!

13 © R2 Solutions But Beware… Not All Recyclers Are Responsible Recyclers. Illegal exporting, dumping, open air burning & other unsafe practices have caused devastating harm to workers, communities & environment. Data security can also be compromised when devices are improperly managed.

14 Why Use R2 Certified Recyclers: To protect people, the planet & your personal data © R2 Solutions R2 Certified recyclers have put into practice the rigorous requirements of the R2 Standard and undergo yearly, multi-day inspections to prove it. The R2 Standard ensures accountability and adherence to the highest industry standards for: Data security Health & safety of workers Sustainability & environmental protection

15 © R2 Solutions Why use R2 Certified Recyclers? Protection for your business and the planet. Limit your exposure to data breeches. Limit your exposure to environmental liability. Protect your brand. Protecting the planet is in EVERYONE’s interest.

16 Why Use R2 Certified Recyclers: To protect people, the planet & your personal data © R2 Solutions To learn more about safe, sensible & sustainable solutions for electronics recycling, or to find an R2 Certified recycler in your area, please visit:


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