Our Mission

Responsible Electronic Recycling, a woman-owned and veteran-owned business, has a mission to reduce the problem of electronic waste. Our talented, passionate team recycles or refurbishes all electronics in accordance with today’s strict environmental, ethical, labor safety, and data sanitation standards. We are a low-profit limited liability company (L3C), a structure for for-profit companies that have a social mission as their primary goal.

  • Since 2015, RER has kept 47,000 pounds of electronics out of our landfills.
  • RER was recently awarded an Angel Grant from the Harper College Educational Foundation for $6,000.
  • With the help of high school employees from the Glenbrook Illinois school district, RER built a computer lab capable of data sanitation and computer testing for 70 computers simultaneously.

Jennifer Leone
Founder & Owner

Transitioning her hobby of electronic recycling to a full-time career, Jennifer founded Responsible Electronic Recycling in 2015 to reduce electronic waste in the beloved Chicagoland area where she is a proud graduate of Palatine High School.

A former teacher with a Masters in Educational Technology, Jennifer is not only driven to educate others about the growing problem of e-waste, but also to empower adults with developmental disabilities through job training and meaningful work opportunities. Jennifer has experience working with students with developmental disabilities, seeing first-hand the limited opportunities these young adults have as they transition from high school to the working world.

Jennifer is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served 22 years in combined active and reserve service as a Construction Mechanic and a member of the Seabees, the Navy’s construction force. She retired in 2005 as a Master Chief Petty Officer.

Harry Ruetschlin
Electronic Test Technician

Harry oversees product testing at Responsible Electronic Recycling, evaluating which products can be resold for reuse. He brings decades of industry experience, including more than 20 years at Underwriters Laboratories where he served as Engineering Group leader. Harry is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Electronic Engineering and has his MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Carlos Sanchez-Vargas
Computer Technician

Carlos is responsible for testing and troubleshooting desktop and laptop computers at Responsible Electronic Recycling. Carlos is a graduate of Palatine High School and is in the process of becoming an IT-certified technician through classes at Harper College.

Our Partnerships

Responsible Electronic Recycling is a member of the Illinois Recycling Association, the only collective voice on critical waste management issues facing this state. The association’s mission is to encourage the responsible use of resources by promoting waste reduction, reuse, and recycling.

Through our partnership with the North Suburban Special Education District, RER provides job training to students with disabilities.

RER adheres to the industry leading R2 Standard by partnering with a R2 certified partner, Genesis Electronics Recycling, to ensure all electronic waste is recycled or refurbished in the safest and most compliant manner possible.

How You Can Help

We hope you will consider helping Responsible Electronic Recycling bring our job training to more students. As an L3C, we qualify to receive program-related investments (PRIs) from private foundations. To discuss a possible partnership, please contact Jennifer Leone at jennifer@recycle-help.com or 800-358-5768.

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