Lenovo offers environmentally sound product reuse and recycling programs as part of Lenovo’s support of a more circular economy. Our asset recovery services (ARS) program for business customers and our product take-back and recycling programs for consumers are available in most major markets where we do business. These programs are designed to maximize the reuse, recycling, and/or environmental disposal of replaced and end-of-life products, parts, and waste.
Recycling Programs by Market
Select a market from one of the drop-down lists below to obtain information about Lenovo's take-back and recycling program for products, batteries, and packaging in that market.
Asset Recovery Services (ARS)
Lenovo offers ARS to business customers to manage their IT assets and data center infrastructure with equipment take-back, data destruction, refurbishment and recycling services. We also offer additional services including inventory and value assessment as well as various on-site services. Lenovo's expertise in managing asset disposition can help customers eliminate the time and expense of managing the disposal of surplus or replaced IT equipment themselves. In some situations, Lenovo can facilitate donation of the old computers or can help customers offset costs and receive value back for re-marketable assets. For more information, contact your local sales representative or visit our Asset Recovery Services page. Click here for a list of markets where Lenovo offers ARS.
Lenovo's Approved Reuse and Recycling Suppliers/h3>
Lenovo suppliers providing product reuse and recycling services meet Lenovo’s qualification and audit requirements.. Lenovo strongly encourages all reuse and recycling suppliers to achieve accredited third-party certifications to ISO 14001, ISO 9001, ISO 45001, and recycling standards, such as Responsible Recycling (R2) and e-Stewards. Lenovo’s audit assesses a supplier’s conformance to the Lenovo Electronics End of Life Standard for Suppliers. The Standard covers requirements for quality, environmental, health and safety management systems as well as data security and management and more.
Click here to read the Lenovo Electronics End of Life Standard for Suppliers
Our Product Recycling at a Glance
As customers continue to have considerable interest in the Lenovo’s recycling programs, its continual improvement activities include searching for opportunities to maximize reuse and recycling. Since 2005, Lenovo has processed 290,648 metric tons of computer equipment through its contracted service providers. During CY 2020, it financed or managed the processing of 32,882 metric tons of the Company-owned and customer-returned computer equipment.
What happened to that processed equipment:
The disposal method breakdown for CY 2020 is included in the Consolidated Metrics section of the FY 2020-21 ESG Report.
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 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-Stewards.
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, including environmental, health, safety, business controls, and security.
Lenovo and its reuse and recycling suppliers are not responsible for any data or information left on equipment returned to Lenovo or its suppliers. We recommend customers use a commercially available data-erasing software application to ensure data is removed from the machine’s hard drive prior to recycling it.
WEEE Information for Reuse and Treatment Centers
Reuse, treatment, and recycling centers in countries with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations can obtain reuse and treatment information for Lenovo products put on the market after August 13, 2005. Documents listing all items requiring selective treatment according to the WEEE regulation can be downloaded below. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For Lenovo Server/Storage Selective Treatment Forms, go to https://datacentersupport.lenovo.com and search for the Selective Treatment Form for your specific model. To read the Lenovo Statement on WEEE, click here.
Reusable bulk packaging may be available for many of Lenovo’s products. Contact your sales rep or
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