AERC Receives R2/RIOS Certification for Two Electronics Recycling Facilities

Date: May 20, 2011

Source: AERC Recycling Solutions

Electronics recycler AERC Recycling Solutions, Inc. (Flanders, NJ) announced that its Electronics Processing (Com-Cycle) facilities in Ashland, Virginia, and in Houston, Texas, received certification under the Responsible Recycling (R2) and Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) programs. AERC now has three R2/RIOS-certified facilities and is in the process of seeking certification for its facilities in Hayward, California, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. "The standards defined in the R2 and RIOS certification programs are a much-needed first step in the electronics recycling industry," said Robert Landmesser, AERC's founder and chairman. The R2 and RIOS programs are administered by ISRI Services Corp., an arm of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

May 20, 2011

AERC Recycling Solutions Attains R2 / RIOS Certification for Ashland, Virginia and Houston, Texas Facilities, Inc.'s (AERC Recycling Solutions) Electronics Processing Com-Cycle facilities in Ashland, Virginia and Houston, Texas have attained R2 / RIOS Certification. AERC / Com-Cycle Ashland is located at 10991 Leadbetter Road, Ashland, Virginia. AERC / Com-Cycle Houston is located at 1610 Greens Road, Suite 200, Houston, Texas. These AERC / Com-Cycle facilities have been audited by Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc. (PJR Associates), an Accredited Certification Body for R2 / RIOS Standards.

AERC currently has three Electronics Processing Com-Cycle facilities distinguished as Certified Electronics Recycler® facilities. The Company is committed to obtaining R2 / RIOS Certification for its remaining Com-Cycle facilities located in Hayward, CA and Allentown, PA. AERC / Com-Cycle West Melbourne was the first of AERC's facilities to become a Certified Electronics Recycler® in 2010.

"This is an integral step for the next phase of the company's growth plans. Three of our Com-Cycle facilities are R2 and RIOS Certified. Later this year, all Com-Cycle facilities will be classified as a Certified Electronics Recycler®, which is a testament to AERC's commitment to compliance. The Company now operates ten of its own facilities and two transfer stations in the United States. While AERC currently services clients across the United States, expanding its national footprint to include additional locations will provide additional servicing options to clients and continue providing a customized solution in new markets," says Peter J. Jegou, Chief Executive Officer of AERC Recycling Solutions.

RIOS (Recycling Industry Operating Standard) Program, the recycling industry's quality, environmental and health & safety management system standard, is administered by ISRI Services Corporation (ISC). R2 (Responsible Recycler) Practices were developed by the EPA and are supported by ISC. R2 outlines specific guidelines for recyclers who dismantle and refurbish end-of-life electronics. Together, these industry standards make up ISRI's R2 / RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler® Program.

"The standards defined in the R2 and RIOS Certification Programs are a much needed first step in the electronics recycling industry. AERC stands out as the first company in the industry which now combines the rigorous permitting process under the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) for Hazardous Waste handling and processing as well as meeting the standards set by the R2 and RIOS Certification Programs. AERC has been permitted for almost two decades for the safe and best available technology for mercury recycling and recovery. Many electronic devices (such as laptops, cell phones, and other consumer electronics) currently in the marketplace contain mercury. As AERC Recycling Solutions celebrates twenty years of environmental service in 2010, I am very pleased to see AERC distinguished as one of the first electronics recycling companies that is a Certified Electronics Recycler®," states Robert W. Landmesser, Founder and Chairman of AERC Recycling Solutions.

All AERC facilities are registered with or permitted by the EPA and are in compliance with all applicable Federal, State, Local EPA and OSHA regulations. Attaining R2 / RIOS Certification is a further testament of the quality of AERC's Com-Cycle process. Other points of distinction for the Company include membership to ISRI, NAID, ASCDI, and BOMA. AERC's Electronics processing Com-Cycle facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania is NAID Certified. Company facility locations throughout the United States have been audited by CHWMEG, an independent auditor used by many Fortune 500 companies. In addition to electronics recycling services, AERC also manages Universal Wastes including lamps, batteries, ballasts, and mercury-containing devices. AERC Allentown is one of only five mercury retort operations in the United States.

The R2 standard can be found at the US EPA's web site:

Information about RIOS can be found on ISRI's website:

Certified Electronics Recycler® facilities are listed at:

About AERC Recycling Solutions

AERC Recycling Solutions is committed to a green world by helping clients in proper end-of-life management of assets, including those containing sensitive data and components hazardous to our environment. AERC has become an industry leader through its partnerships with clients by providing unmatched convenience, regulatory compliance and expert consulting to handle Electronic Waste issues. AERC is committed to responsible recycling practices for a healthier tomorrow.

AERC maintains a Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Policy for all of its hazardous electronics/ electrical recycling services. AERC operates five Electronics Processing facilities, also known as Com-Cycle, in five separate geographic locations. AERC's Com-Cycle facilities in West Melbourne, FL, Houston, TX, and Ashland, VA are each classified as a Certified Electronics Recycler®, independently certified to both the R2 and RIOS standards. AERC is committed to certifying all five electronics recycling facilities. All electronics are dismantled domestically by our highly trained staff. Any information on data storage devices is either wiped to the Department of Defense Standards or physically destroyed. AERC offers its clients compliance with Federal, State, and Local regulations. For additional information please visit or

For more information contact:
Lindsay Landmesser
AERC Recycling Solutions

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