Lenovo Sustainability

Product Recycling

Our Approach

Lenovo offers environmentally sound managed asset recovery services (ARS) for business customers and product take-back and recycling programs to consumers in most major markets where we do business. These offerings are designed to satisfy specific customer needs while maximizing the reuse, recycling, and/or environmental disposal of replaced and end-of-life products, parts, and waste.

This page contains information on the following:

  • Regional Recycling Programs
  • Lenovo Approved Suppliers
  • Third-Party Certifications
  • Large Enterprise Customers
  • Data Security
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations
  • Bulk Packaging

Click here to read the Lenovo End-of-Life Standard for Suppliers.

Our Product Recycling at a Glance

In 2018, Lenovo managed or financed the processing of 11,700 metric tons of computer equipment

What happened to that processed equipment:

To learn more about Lenovo’s product take-back and recycling program performance, please see our latest Sustainability Report.

Lenovo's Approved Suppliers

Suppliers wishing to provide brokering, refurbishing, reselling, dismantling, recycling, and disposal services to Lenovo must first meet rigorous audit and qualification requirements—regardless of their geographic location. These requirements include providing a declaration of capabilities, controls, and compliance. Each relevant facility, process, and management system must also successfully complete a Lenovo on-site audit. In addition, the supplier must sign a contract with Lenovo that includes appropriate environmental terms and conditions.

Lenovo maintains a list of audited and approved supplier facilities by geography, activity, and audit date. 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 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, including environmental, health, safety, business controls, and security.

Large Enterprise Customers

Lenovo offers ARS to business customers to help manage their end-of-life technology equipment, including PC take-back, data destruction, refurbishment and recycling. We also offer additional services including inventory, value assessment, on-site de-installation and data encryption. This service provides an end-to-end solution from computer purchase to take back and disposal.

Lenovo's expertise in managing end-of-life computers can help customers eliminate the time and expense of managing the disposal of surplus or replaced equipment themselves. Additionally, in some situations Lenovo can facilitate donation of the old computers or can help customers receive cash back for them. Anyone interested in using these services should contact their local sales rep or visit our Asset Recovery Services page.

Data Security

Lenovo and its recycling partners are not responsible for any information left on equipment returned to Lenovo or its partners for recycling. We recommend you 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. Email environment@lenovo.com for more information.

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

✉ environment@lenovo.com

for more information.