Posts Tagged ‘R2’

R2 Pilot Expansion in Latin America

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:57 pm, August 25th, 2015Comments1

SERI‘s Latin America pilot project has shifted to helping participating recyclers learn and implement the requirements in the R2 Standard, following Spanish and Portuguese translations of the R2 Standard.

Now SERI and project partners Greeneye Partners, DIRECTV, Oracle, Sims Recycling Solutions and Arrow Electronics have announced that Greeneye Partners has completed site visits for the recycling facilities participating in the project,and performed a gap analysis for facilities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador. R2 implementation training is also being offered to facility managers and environmental, health, and safety representatives.

“Stakeholders throughout electronics recycling community have recognized the need for more responsible, safe, and sustainable management of used electronics in Central and South America. By working with our partners to increase the number of responsible recycling options, SERI hopes to set a positive example others can build on. There is still much work to be done, but  this project represents an important first step in improving the overall quality of electronics recycling in the region”, Henry Leineweber, Program Director for SERI, told the GlobalPSC.

Progress to date has been encouraging, though many challenges remain such as communicating the importance of responsible recycling and the need for R2 certification in the region.  Developing cost-effective infrastructure to support certification, including local consultants and auditors, translated versions of EHSMS plans and documents, and acceptable end-markets for materials will also prove essential.

Guest Blog – Good Year for R2

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:58 pm, January 13th, 2015Comments0

The Global Product Stewardship Council periodically invites thought leaders on product stewardship and producer responsibility to contribute guest blogs. Our guest blogger for this post is John Lingelbach, Executive Director of SERI.

It has been a big year for the R2 program. Much has been accomplished – especially for a program in only its fourth year and which employs just four people. Over the past year, one of the most significant accomplishments has been the organizational transition from R2 Solutions to SERI.

We made this change so we could engage in a broader set of activities that are in line with our mission of promoting safe and sustainable electronics reuse and recycling throughout the world – particularly in Asia, Latin America, India, and Africa, where access to safe repair and recycling facilities has not kept pace with the rapidly expanding use of electronics.

One of the ways that we can expedite the work that needs to be done is to work collaboratively with others who share SERI’s goals. To that end, we established the R2 Leader program. In just a few short months, over a dozen corporations and organizations have joined. As part of the program each R2 Leader has identified steps they will take to promote safe and sustainable electronics reuse and recycling somewhere in the world. It is encouraging to see the energy and resources going into some of these efforts. For example, DirecTV is providing training in a number of Latin American countries. Other Leaders, such as Xerox and Goodwill, have taken steps to support and expand the collection of used electronics. A number of other projects in early stages of development will improve the electronics reuse and recycling landscape in various regions of the world.

On another front, we have just completed the transition from the original R2:2008 Standard to R2:2013. The new version of the Standard has a deep emphasis on quality and consistency, with new environmental health and safety planning, record keeping and documentation review requirements. Nearly 90% of all R2:2008 certified facilities upgraded to R2:2013.

Perhaps the most important SERI initiative this year is the development and initial implementation of SERI’s R2 Quality Program. Nothing is more critical to SERI’s work than the integrity of the R2 program, and nothing presents a greater set of challenges. Promoting consistency within the auditing community, and a solid understanding among facilities getting certified, is essential. Identifying and removing any bad actors is even more important. SERI is absolutely committed to doing everything in its means to maintain and enhance the overall quality of the R2 program.

2014 was a pivotal and transformative year for SERI and for the R2 Standard. Spring boarding from the momentum of the past year, SERI is well positioned to make considerable progress in advancing the cause of safe and sustainable repair and recycling around the world in the upcoming year as well as years to come.

The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Global Product Stewardship Council.

John Lingelbach is the Executive Director of SERI – Sustainable Electronics Recycling International, formerly known as R2 Solutions. SERI is the nonprofit organization that administers and educates people about the R2 Standard and Certification Program. Mr. Lingelbach has served as Executive Director, as well as on the organization’s Board of Directors, since its inception, and previously in these capacities for R2 Solutions since its inception in 2010. From 2006 to 2009, he managed the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s development of the R2 Standard. Mr. Lingelbach is an attorney from the United States who has focused throughout his professional career on matters relating to innovations in environmental law and policy. Mr. Lingelbach received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of law.

 

SERI Announces R2 Leader Program

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:32 pm, June 13th, 2014Comments1

SERI image003Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) has announced the R2 Leader program, which is designed to support efforts by companies and organizations to advance the responsible reuse and recycling of used electronics.

A coalition of 10 partners including DIRECTV, Goodwill Industries International, Greeneye Partners, Keep America Beautiful, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sony America, SourceAmerica, Wistron Corporation and Xerox provides the foundation for the R2 Leader program.

“Since the creation of the R2 Standard for responsible electronics recycling in 2008, we have consistently heard from companies and organizations that wanted to support reuse and recycling efforts,” said John Lingelbach, Executive Director of SERI. “Our partners in launching this program have taken on truly commendable leadership roles in managing used electronics. Working in tandem with these leaders who share our vision will significantly accelerate progress in developing responsible e-waste reuse and recycling policies, programs and facilities.”

The R2 Leader program includes a commitment from participating companies and organizations to support R2 certified electronics refurbishment and recycling, as well as consider R2 certification when choosing a recycling partner. R2 Leaders also take a leadership role in projects to advance responsible reuse and/or recycling around the world, such as funding pilot projects for responsible recycling in developing countries, or creating new programs for electronics collection, refurbishment or recycling.

 

First R2 Certified Facility in South America

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:01 pm, April 30th, 2014Comments1

R2 Solutions has announced that Arrow Global Asset Disposition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has become the first electronics recycler in South America to achieve R2 certification.

 

“We are extremely pleased with the leadership that Arrow Global Asset Disposition has shown as the first R2 Certified facility in South America,” stated John Lingelbach, Executive Director of R2 Solutions, the non-profit organization that governs the R2 Standard.  “As use of personal electronic devices continues to rapidly increase around the world, so does the need for safe and sustainable recycling facilities. The challenge to protect workers and the environment while maximizing the recovery of valuable materials found in end-of-life electronics has never been greater – and Arrow has stepped up to the challenge.  Arrow’s newly certified facility in Brazil is a tremendous development for the people of South America and the environment.  We congratulate Arrow on this very important achievement.”

Developed through a transparent, consensus-based process, the goal of the R2 standard was to develop a voluntary, market-based mechanism for expanding and encouraging the use of best practices for electronics refurbishing and recycling. The “R2 Certified” designation signifies that companies have passed an annual, multi-day inspection by a third party certifying body and are found to be in conformance with all the requirements of the R2 standard.

 

Guest Blog – Responsible Recycling for Electronics Sees Major Gains

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:51 am, March 14th, 2014Comments7

The Global Product Stewardship Council periodically invites thought leaders on product stewardship and producer responsibility to contribute guest blogs. Our guest blogger for this post is Clare Lindsay, Board Member of R2 Solutions and former Senior Policy Advisor and Project Director for Product Stewardship in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The digital revolution has led to unprecedented changes in the way we work, communicate and live our lives. However, this breakneck pace of technological advancement over the past several decades has produced an unintended side-effect: a rapidly increasing volume of used electronics.

The world’s 7 billion people now generate an average of 15 pounds of used electronics per person, per year, with that amount expected to increase over 33% by the end of the decade. Developed nations, such as the United States, are leaders in discarding used electronics, but many emerging economies, such as Brazil, India and China, are rapidly eclipsing many other nations. In fact, based on the most recent numbers from an organization sponsored by United Nations University, Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP), China now generates more discarded electronics per year than the United States, making it the world leader.

Many electronic items can be repaired and reused in second hand markets in the developed or developing world. Additionally, almost all electronics are recyclable, containing valuable metals and plastics that when separated can be resold as useful commodities. Unfortunately, many electronics are not recycled, instead finding their way into landfills or other disposal channels where rudimentary practices can cause serious human health and environmental harm.

In response to these challenges, a coalition of stakeholders including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, electronics manufacturers, major retailers, NGOs, electronics refurbishers and recyclers, and others, created the Responsible Recycling (R2) standard for safe, environmentally sustainable management of used electronics. Developed through a transparent, consensus-based process, the goal of the R2 standard was to develop a voluntary, market-based mechanism for expanding and encouraging the use of best practices for electronics refurbishing and recycling.

Responsible electronics recycling practices ensure that used electronics are handled in a way that encourages repair and reuse, safely reclaims metals, plastics and other materials for commodity resale, and guards against human health issues and environmental contamination brought on by improper recovery and disposal. R2 certification has been integral to the growth of responsible recycling worldwide and new changes to the standard aim to take these principles even further.

The R2 standard begins 2014 with incredible momentum. Over 500 facilities in 14 countries are now R2 certified with more becoming certified every week. Last July’s release of R2:2013, the first major update to the original R2 standard, added increased record keeping and reporting requirements, mandated certification to generally-accepted environmental health and safety requirements, and tightened requirements regarding how facilities that refurbish and recycle electronics address some of the most pressing environmental and human health risks associated with managing used electronics.

The R2:2013 standard specifically addresses these challenges:

  • Reuse and refurbishment – Refurbishment and reuse is considered, in most instances, the greenest way to manage used electronics, offering a second (or third) chance to use an item before it is disposed. R2:2013 adopts a hierarchy for managing equipment that prioritizes reuse and refurbishment. Certified recyclers are required to take all practical steps to divert tested and working electronics to repair and resale channels. This requires the use of rigorous testing procedures, sanitizing data, labeling and sorting equipment based on condition, and properly packing equipment for transport.
  • Data security – Data security breaches risk billions of dollars in liabilities and losses each year, with unauthorized access to used devices among the leading causes of data security incidents. R2:2013 certified recyclers are required to sanitize or destroy data to NIST 800-88, ADISA, or NAID specifications, document their processes, and keep appropriate records. Additionally, certified recyclers are required to implement training procedures for their employees and submit to periodic review by independent auditors of their data security practices.
  • Environmental health and safety – Electronic devices can contain lead, mercury, cadmium, and other potentially toxic materials. If not managed correctly, these materials can contaminate soil and water supplies, or adversely affect the health of workers in recycling facilities or people in surrounding communities. R2:2013 requires that certified recycling facilities have a written environmental health and safety management plan, as well as implement and regularly test workplace safety and environmental controls. Additionally, facilities are required to implement a quality assurance plan and policy, and be certified to either RIOS (a recycling specific health and safety standard for electronics recyclers) or both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

The enhanced standard also provides a foundation for many exciting new programs and services that will benefit recyclers and improve the operating environment for electronics recycling. R2 Solutions has hired a Director of Quality to work with recyclers and refurbishers, and auditors, to better understand and implement the requirements of R2:2013. In addition, R2 Solutions will be doing to more to improve how certifying bodies conduct and follow up on the audits required for recyclers to obtain and retain their R2 certification. R2 Solutions is working to develop new support tools for recyclers and auditors that it will be rolling out over the coming months.

This is an important time for R2 certification and more broadly, sustainable electronics recycling. Over the course of the next year, the over 500 companies currently R2 certified will upgrade to the new R2:2013 standard. As of the end of January 2014, several trailblazing facilities have already successfully upgraded to R2:2013. R2 Solutions is excited about the continuing growth and development of the R2 standard and is looking forward to further expanding the reach of the standard to electronic refurbishing and recycling facilities around the world.

The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Global Product Stewardship Council.

Clare Lindsay recently retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, after a 20 year career focused on resource conservation and materials management.  As Senior Policy Advisor and Project Director for Product Stewardship in EPAs Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Ms. Lindsay led EPAs efforts to initiate the first national dialogue in the United States on electronics product stewardship and takeback. This initiative catalyzed and informed action by numerous states that have since enacted electronics takeback laws.  Ms. Lindsay also advised and helped develop many other stewardship initiatives addressing packaging, carpet, office furniture, and paint.

Currently, Ms. Lindsay serves on the Board of R2 Solutions. She is also Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Electronics Recycling, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and enhancement of a national infrastructure for the management of used electronics in the United States.

GlobalPSC Member – Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI)

Posted by GlobalPSC at 11:20 am, March 7th, 2014Comments13

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Many electronic items can be repaired and reused in second hand markets in the developed or developing world. Additionally, almost all electronics are recyclable, containing valuable metals and plastics that when separated can be resold as useful commodities. Unfortunately, many electronics are not recycled, instead finding their way into landfills or other disposal channels where rudimentary practices can cause serious human health and environmental harm.

In response to these challenges, a coalition of stakeholders including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, electronics manufacturers, major retailers, NGOs, electronics refurbishers and recyclers, and others, created the Responsible Recycling (R2) standard for safe, environmentally sustainable management of used electronics. Developed through a transparent, consensus-based process, the goal of the R2 standard was to develop a voluntary, market-based mechanism for expanding and encouraging the use of best practices for electronics refurbishing and recycling.

Responsible electronics recycling practices ensure that used electronics are handled in a way that encourages repair and reuse, safely reclaims metals, plastics and other materials for commodity resale, and guards against human health issues and environmental contamination brought on by improper recovery and disposal. R2 certification has been integral to the growth of responsible recycling worldwide and new changes to the standard aim to take these principles even further.

The R2 standard begins 2014 with incredible momentum. Over 500 facilities in 14 countries are now R2 certified with more becoming certified every week. Last July’s release of R2:2013, the first major update to the original R2 standard, added increased record keeping and reporting requirements, mandated certification to generally-accepted environmental health and safety requirements, and tightened requirements regarding how facilities that refurbish and recycle electronics address some of the most pressing environmental and human health risks associated with managing used electronics.

On 5 June 2014, R2 Solutions announced that a new organisation, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), would succeed R2 Solutions in developing and promoting the R2 Standard.

New GlobalPSC Corporate Member – ARCOA

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:28 pm, January 4th, 2013Comments1

 

 

 

 

ARCOA has become one of the latest multinational Corporate Members of the Global Product Stewardship Council.

ARCOA is an ISO14001 and R2 certified recycler of electronics. Services provided to customers include Compliance and Risk Management, Asset Management, Investment Recovery and Technology Recycling. Under the umbrella of holding company the ARCOA Group, ARCOA operates facilities in the United States, Chile, Hong Kong and China.

ARCOA is committed to environmental sustainability through comprehensive programs of remarketing, de-manufacturing, component recovery, recycling and refining of used and end of life electronics.

ARCOA is committed to a sustainable future and to offering services that are socially responsible and to conduct business in an ethical manner. ARCOA’s ethics and social responsibility are built around the recognition that everything done in connection with their work is measured against the highest possible standards.

R2 recyclers adhere to stringent environmental, health, safety and security requirements and ensure that toxic material streams are managed safely, responsibly, and legally by downstream vendors – all the way to final disposition. ARCOA earned ISO 14001 certification in 2011. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards.

George Hinkle, President and Founder of ARCOA, was recently invited to Washington DC by the American Chemical Society to brief Congressional staffers on the benefits of recycling electronics. George’s presentation and several others are available here.

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Call2Recycle

Posted by GlobalPSC at 7:34 am, August 31st, 2012Comments18

 

 

 

Call2Recycle is the only no cost rechargeable battery and cellphone collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted over 100 million pounds (45 million kilograms) of batteries from the solid waste stream and established a network of 30,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. Advancing green business practices and environmental sustainability, Call2Recycle is the most active voice promoting eco-safe reclamation and recycling of rechargeable batteries and cellphones. It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification, as well as e-Steward recognition from the Basel Action Network (BAN).  Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle is operated by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a non-profit organization funded by product manufacturers across the globe committed to environmentally-sound recycling of rechargeable batteries and cellphones. These manufacturers place the RBRC recycling seal on their rechargeable products and batteries, informing users that they are recyclable.

CEO and President Carl Smith serves as Treasurer of the GlobalPSC.

 

 

Call2Recycle Receives R2 Certification

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:35 am, April 4th, 2012Comments0

Global Product Stewardship Council member Call2Recycle operates over 30,000 collection point for batteries and mobile / cell phones in North America. Call2Recycle has announced that it is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification relating to environmental and public health, worker health and safety, security aspects of electronics recycling, and the management of the collection and distribution of batteries and mobile / cell phones to downstream processors for recycling. A media release regarding the announcement of R2 certification is available here.

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – TES-AMM Australia New Zealand

Posted by GlobalPSC at 7:30 am, February 22nd, 2012Comments15

 

 

 

 

 

 

TES-AMM Australia and New Zealand are part of the TES-Envirocorp group, a specialised electronic waste management organisation with core activities in:

  • Electronic Asset Management and Disposal Programs
  • Secure Data Destruction to US Dept of Defence Standards
  • Value Optimization for Used Electronic Equipment and Parts and Microsoft Approved Refurbisher
  • Recovery of Precious Metals from Electronic Waste
  • Recycling of Batteries (most chemistries)
  • Printer Consumables Recycling
  • Recycling of Epoxy and other Waste Plastic
  • Forward and Reverse Logistics Solutions
  • Project or Program Management

TES-AMM’s recycling operations span nearly 30 locations globally and are certified to international standards JAS-ANZ ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001 and R2 (Responsible Recycler). In Australia and New Zealand, TES-AMM has also been assessed to comply with DR AS/NZ 5377 interim standards for the collection, transport and recycling of end of life televisions and computers.

Because TES-AMM offers transparency and accountability in what they do, TES-AMM has become the strategic recycling vendor for many well-known Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies and product stewardship organisations in the Asia Pacific and throughout other parts of the world. Coupled with TES-AMM’s “one stop shop” approach underpinned by compliance to local and international regulations and best practice standards, TES-AMM has a proven record of achieving environmentally beneficial outcomes, economies and service levels that meet or exceed the expectations of their clients.

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