FEBRUARY 2010

WM Recycle America adopts electronic waste recycling program

Waste Management, Inc. announced that its subsidiary WM Recycle America is implementing the Responsible Recycling (R2) Program for electronics recyclers. The program establishes a set of accepted practices that helps protect the environment and workers’ health and safety during the handling of e-waste, provides the ability for third parties to monitor activity and offers greater transparency in the fast-growing electronics recycling sector.

The Environmental Protection Agency facilitated the development of the R2 Program which is accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board.

To ensure proper handling of e-waste, the R2 program requires participating companies to implement an environmental, health, and safety management system that tracks materials and minimizes emissions and worker exposure during electronics recycling operations.

Waste Management’s Minneapolis eCycling facility is one of the first facilities in the industry to be certified to the R2 Program standards and the company is in the process of certifying all of its electronics recycling facilities.