e-Waste Recycling Certification

Only a small percentage of e-waste is recycled. According to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, the United States discards over 2.35 million tons of electronic products annually, and only about 25 percent is recycled.

Engineers working on electronics components

Even when recycled, e-waste may not be managed responsibly, resulting in environmental and health risks from hazardous materials as well as data security risks related to data destruction.

Industry certification programs set requirements for safer recycling and disposal of electronic waste. The Responsible Recycling (R2), Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™) and e-Stewards programs include guidelines that define responsible and effective e-waste management.

NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR), a subsidiary of NSF International, is fully accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to handle your certification requirements for R2, RIOS™ and e-Stewards.

Responsible Recycling (R2) Certification

Responsible Recycling (R2) is the leading standard for electronics repair and recycling. The R2 Standard provides a common set of processes, safety measures and documentation requirements for businesses that repair and recycle used electronics. Six-hundred facilities are currently R2 certified in 21 countries, with more added every day.

R2 practices include general principles and specific practices for recyclers disassembling or reclaiming used electronics equipment including equipment exported for refurbishment and recycling.

R2 certification addresses:

  • An in-place environmental, health and safety management system (EHSMS)
  • Worker health and safety and environmental protection
  • Material management and recovery planning
  • Traceability and accountability (downstream due diligence throughout the recycling stream, including international vendors)
  • Data security
  • Insurance requirements
  • Legal compliance

SERI is the housing body for the R2 Standard and works with a coalition of partners to raise awareness of electronics repair and recycling issues around the world. NSF-ISR is an independent certification body for R2, emphasizing quality, safety, and transparency.

You can also become a Certified Electronics Recycler® by certifying to both R2 and the Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™) at the same time.

Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™) Certification

The Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™) is an integrated quality, environmental, health and safety management system certification. By integrating the management system, recyclers are able to more effectively manage their system, which results in stronger health and safety programs, greater environmental responsibility and better operational efficiency.

Whether recycling paper, plastic, metals, textiles, electronics or tires, recyclers of all commodities are able to adopt RIOS™. RIOS™ is appropriate for both small and large firms anywhere in the world. You can also become a Certified Electronics Recycler® by certifying to both RIOS™ and Responsible Recycling (R2) standard at the same time.

e-Stewards Certification

The e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment is a comprehensive set of performance requirements created specifically for the electronics recycling and asset recovery industries. ISO 14001 is fully integrated into the e-Stewards Standard, resulting in dual certification to both ISO 14001 and the e-Stewards Standard in one audit process.

e-Stewards is applicable internationally and meets:

  • International waste trade laws
  • Social accountability standards
  • Data privacy requirements of customers
  • Environmental and health and safety management system norms

e-Stewards recyclers abide by a rigorous set of requirements and do not export hazardous electronic waste to developing countries or allow such toxic materials to be disposed of in municipal landfills. They also ensure that industry workers are protected from occupational hazards.

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