Lenovo's commitment to product recycling
Lenovo offers environmentally sound managed asset recovery services (ARS) and product take back and recycling programs to business and consumer customers, respectively, in many countries around the world. These offerings are designed to satisfy specific customer and geographic needs while maximizing the reuse, recycling, and/or environmental disposal of replaced and end of life products, parts, and waste.
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Lenovo's Approved Suppliers
The facilities and processes for all Lenovo brokers, refurbishers, resellers, dismantlers, recyclers, and disposal vendors must meet rigorous audit and qualification requirements prior to use by Lenovo regardless of their geographic location. These requirements include the supplier's completion of self declaration of capabilities, controls, and compliance and downstream supplier forms, the successful completion of a Lenovo on-site audit of each supplier facility, processes, and management systems, review of audit findings and documentation and approval process, and establishment of a Lenovo contract with appropriate environmental terms and conditions. A listing of Lenovo audited and approved supplier facilities by geography, activity and audit date is maintained in a corporate database with access by all Lenovo sites and organizations for selecting suppliers. Supplier facility qualifications include compliant processing capabilities, high reuse and recycling efficiencies, acceptable environmental, health, and safety management systems, full disclosure of downstream supplier facilities and compliance, acceptable controls to ensure no exporting of hazardous waste to non-OECD countries, no use of prison labor, and only reselling verifiable functional products and parts for reuse as originally intended without further refurbishment.
Third Party Certifications
Lenovo strongly encourages all recyclers, dismantlers, resellers, refurbishers, brokers, and disposal suppliers to achieve accredited third party certifications to ISO 14001, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, and recycling standards such as Responsible Recycling (R2), and e-Stewards. Most of Lenovo supplier facilities worldwide providing legal or voluntary product take back services have achieved certifications to ISO 14001 and a growing number, especially in the United States, have achieved certifications to R2 or e-Steward. Lenovo’s own audit program, completion of which is a requirement for doing business with Lenovo, includes elements of these third party standards as well as numerous additional criteria in areas including environmental, health, safety, business controls, security, etc.
Closed Loop Recycling
Functional products and parts are recovered from Lenovo's Asset Recovery Services programs which are used as originally intended without further refurbishment. Over eighty percent of all Lenovo supplier processed end of life computer equipment worldwide is recovered materials (e.g., precious metals, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics, glass) which are used to manufacture new IT or non-IT products around the world. Since May 2005, Lenovo suppliers have processed over one hundred and eighty three million pounds of Lenovo owned and customer returned equipment producing a large amount of reusable materials.
Lenovo is especially proud to have participated in these closed loop activities by connecting Lenovo's Category 3 Suppliers with recovered plastics with Lenovo's recycled plastic manufacturers for reuse in the manufacture of new Lenovo and non-Lenovo products. Lenovo has used over 21 million pounds (net) of post-consumer recycled plastic from both end of life IT and non-IT sources in the manufacture of new Lenovo products since early 2007.