BTS Consulting supports the implementation and certification of responsible recycling.
R2:2013 Standard establishes responsible recycling (“R2”) practices for the recycling of electronics globally. By certifying to this Standard through an accredited third- party Certification Body, electronics recyclers can help prospective purchasers of their services (customers) make informed decisions and have increased confidence that used and end-of-life electronic equipment are managed in an environmentally responsible manner, protective of the health and safety of workers and the public, and that all data on all media devices is secure until destroyed. Thus, certification to R2:2013 allows electronics recyclers to highlight their value to customers, employees, their community and the public.
R2:2013 was developed by a multi-stakeholder group – the R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) – through an open, transparent, and consensus-based approach in conformance with generally accepted principles for consensus-based standards. The TAC itself consists of representatives from key stakeholder groups, including: recyclers, customers/users of recycling services, regulatory and procurement agencies, manufacturers of electronic equipment, downstream vendors of recyclers, and international trade experts. The process for development of R2:2013 included public comment, response to comments, and an appeals opportunity so that all interested parties had the ability to participate in the revision process. Following completion of this process, R2:2013 was reviewed and adopted by the SERI Board of Directors.
The requirements contained within R2:2013 are comprehensive, covering environmental, health and safety, and data security practices. To further ensure the integrity and strength of the Standard, R2:2013 now requires facilities to obtain certification to one or more generally- accepted environmental, health and safety management systems.
The R2:2013 Standard specifically requires that international trade in used and end-of-life electronics be conducted legally and responsibly. This requirement is made explicit in R2:2013, by requiring compliance (including documentation) with the laws and regulations of all importing, transit, and exporting countries. Further, if a requirement of this document conflicts with an applicable legal requirement, the recycler must adhere to the legal requirement.
All the provisions of this R2:2013 Standard shall be conformed to by R2:2013 electronics recyclers. Whether conformed to directly, or through a contracted third party, the burden of proof resides with the R2:2013 electronics recycler to demonstrate conformity to each requirement. It is acceptable to outsource certain activities and requirements under the Standard to partners or downstream vendors. However, it is the responsibility of the R2:2013 electronics recycler to ensure that these downstream partners and vendors conform to the requirements of the R2:2013
For any organization the degree of change necessary will be dependent upon the maturity and effectiveness of the existing management systems, organizational structure and practices, therefore an impact analysis/gap assessment is strongly recommended in order to identify realistic resource and time implications.
Organizations pursuing the integration of management systems are recommended to take the following actions:
a) Identify organizational gaps which need to be addressed to meet new requirements.
b) Develop an integration plan.
c) Provide appropriate training and awareness for all parties that have an impact on the effectiveness of the organization.
d) Update the existing management systems to meet the common requirements of the integration strategy.
e) Where applicable, liaise with their Certification Body for integration arrangements.