Our Mission

Responsible Electronic Recycling, a woman-owned and certified veteran-owned business, has a mission to reduce the problem of electronic waste. Our talented team recycles or refurbishes electronics in accordance with today’s strict environmental, ethical, labor safety, and data sanitation standards. We are a low-profit limited liability company (L3C) with a mission to keep e-waste out of landfills.

  • Since 2015, RER has kept hundreds of thousands of pounds of electronics out of landfills.
  • RER was a 2018 Angel Grant recipient from the Harper College Educational Foundation earning an award of $6000.
  • With the help of high school employees from the Glenbrook Illinois school district, RER built a computer lab for data sanitation and computer testing. It can service 70 computers simultaneously.

Jennifer Leone
Founder & Owner

Transitioning from her hobby of electronic recycling to a full-time career, Jennifer founded Responsible Electronic Recycling in 2015. Her certified veteran-owned business strives to reduce electronic waste and refurbish electronics. Serving the beloved Chicagoland area, Jennifer is a proud graduate of Palatine High School.

A former teacher with a Masters in Educational Technology, Jennifer is driven to educate others about the growing problem of e-waste. She also strives to empower adults with developmental disabilities through job training and meaningful work opportunities. Jennifer has experience working with students with developmental disabilities, after witnessing first-hand their limited opportunities.

Jennifer is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. She served 22 years 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. Proud to be a veteran-owned business, Jennifer aspires to put her expertise to good use.

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.

Responsible Electronic Recycling is proudly certified with the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), which create opportunities for America’s Veteran’s and Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprises (VBEs/SDVBEs) through certification, advocacy, outreach, recognition and education, and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people.

Through our partnership with the North Suburban Special Education District and Connect to Community, RER provides job training and employment 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.

Please also consider supporting our employment partner