Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (Hastings, Minn.) will make the final version of the revised R2 standard, R2v3, available July 1.
The publication follows five years of public input on the standard’s development, including more than 900 issues raised by customers, industry members, and the public, and over 660 public comments, SERI says.
The Responsible Recycling (R2) standard is a certification for electronics recyclers that indicates they conform to the standard’s environmental and social responsibility practices for end-of-life electronics management. Updates to the standard include enhanced data security controls, material traceability, and downstream accountability, SERI says. It has an increased emphasis on reuse and the circular economy and enhanced environmental, health, and safety protocols, it says. R2v3 also better explains expectations around implementation, audits, and outcomes, SERI says.
Another major change is SERI’s division of R2v3 requirements into two categories: core requirements that apply to all R2-certified facilities and requirements that apply only to facilities that use specific processes. The new structure is meant to accommodate industry specialization and changing business models, SERI says.
SERI plans to release a detailed transition plan that it says will be mindful of the fact that many facilities have been affected by COVID-19 and may not be fully staffed. No R2-certified facility will be required to transition to the R2v3 Standard for at least a year and a half from the July 1 release date, it says. SERI offers online training tools, webinars, and other resources to help facilities transition to R2v3. Visit www.sustainableelectronics.org