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Responsible Recycling

Requirements for R2 Certified Facilities


When you see that a facility is R2 Certified, that means that the said facility has met certain regulatory requirements specified by the R2 Standards.

The Key Requirements for R2 Certified Facilities include the following key areas:

1. Environmental, Health, and Safety Management System (EHSMS)

An R2 certified facility must establish and maintain an Environmental, Health, and Safety Management System (EHSMS) to mitigate and manage risks associated with recycling processes. This system must comply with applicable legal requirements and be continually improved.

2. Responsible Management of Recyclable Materials

R2 Certified facilities must ensure that all materials are managed responsibly. This includes identifying and tracking all materials, ensuring proper handling, storage, and processing to minimize environmental impact.

3. Data Security

Data protection is one of the most crucial aspects of electronics recycling. R2 certified facilities must implement robust data destruction processes to ensure all data is securely destroyed or erased from electronic devices before recycling or repurposing.

4. Legal and Regulatory Compliance

Compliance with all relevant local, national, and international laws and regulations is mandatory. This includes environmental laws, worker safety regulations, and data protection laws.

5. Reuse and Recovery Hierarchy

There is a hierarchy of preferred actions.  This means that R2 Certified facilities must prioritize reuse over recycling, and recycling, in turn, must be prioritized over disposal. This hierarchy ensures maximum resource recovery and environmental protection.

6. Tracking and Transparency

Tracking the flow of materials through the recycling process is essential. R2 Certified facilities must maintain transparent records of their operations and provide traceability for all processed materials.

7. Responsible Downstream Management

R2 Certified facilities must ensure that all downstream vendors and partners also adhere to responsible recycling practices. This includes verifying the environmental and data security practices of downstream vendors.

8. Worker Health and Safety

Protecting worker health and safety is a priority.  R2 Certified facilities must implement safety protocols, provide necessary training, and ensure a safe working environment for all employees.

9. Documentation and Reporting

Proper documentation and reporting are required to demonstrate compliance with R2 standards. Facilities must maintain detailed records of their processes, audits, and corrective actions.

10. Continuous Improvement

R2 certification requires a commitment to continuous improvement. Facilities must regularly review and enhance their processes, adopt new technologies, and stay updated with industry best practices.

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