The R2 certification which is commonly referred to as responsible recycling certification is based upon standards set forth by the R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which was developed in 2008 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The R2 certification is the gold standard for the electronics recycling industry and was revised in 2013 as the most recent certification level. The main purpose of R2 is to ensure proper safety standards for worker health and responsible recycling of electronics equipment. The R2 certification sets the standard for collectors, IT asset disposition (ITAD), materials recovery processors, recyclers, refurbishers, resellers, reverse logistics, and shredders.
The practices under R2 set the standard for managing end-of-life (EOL) and redeployable electronics equipment including cell phones, laptops, servers, tablets, and more. This includes whole units and individual components including CPU, RAM, monitors/screens, processors, among other items. To break it down further, R2 also ensures that the basic material of the electronic item including the plastic and metal framework is processed and recycled properly in an environmentally friendly manner.
The R2 certification process is rigorous to ensure that every R2 certified organization is withheld to a higher standard of responsible recycling. The certification process has 13 different provisions including online training modules, implementation guides, receiving ISO 14001 or RIOS certification, develop a management system to document processes and procedures, pay the licensee fee and finally schedule and pass a third-party audit. The audit must be conducted by an R2 accredited and approved certifying body: National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), NSF International, NQA, Orion Registrar, Perry Johnson Registrars, SAI Global, or SGS. After the first audit, a second audit is scheduled which is more in-depth and includes employee interviews and review of implementation standards with a complete site tour.
R2 certifications are valid for three years and yearly audits are mandatory to ensure organizations are upholding the standards of the R2 certification. After three years are up, a re-certification audit is required which is very similar to the original certification audit. Continuing yearly audits are required after re-certification.
At SMR, we take electronics recycling very seriously and ensure that we hold our employees, company, customers, and processing partners to the highest industry standards. With three convenient locations in California, North Carolina, and Texas, we have you covered with environmentally responsible electronics recycling options.