"What is the proper way to label shipments of electronics that are being sold for reuse? Is it the shipment or each individual product that should be labeled?"
This is a common question. Provision 6 requires that each shipment be sorted and labeled - not each individual unit. Identifying shipments by labelling the shipping or sales records allows for verification during an audit even after products have been shipped. Typical records where an auditor would expect to find identifying labels could include Bills of Lading, Sales Orders, Sales Listings, or Invoices. The relevant sections of the R2 Standard and Guidance Document shed more light on this area:
Provision 6(c) of the Standard
An R2:2013 electronics recycler shall, prior to shipping...identify each shipment as either: (1) Tested for Full Functions, R2/Ready for Reuse; (2) Tested for Key Functions, R2/Ready for Resale; and/or (3) Evaluated and Non-Functioning, R2/Ready for Repair.
From the Guidance Document - Comment 6.2 - ...Once identified, equipment or components should be labeled with the appropriate category on shipping papers and/or contractual documents.Comment 6.5 - To "identify each shipment" means to label or describe on an invoice the condition of the material in one of the three categories. Shipping documents or invoices should include one of the following statements:
- Tested for Full Functions, R2/Ready for Reuse;
- Tested for Key Functions, R2/Ready for Resale; or
- Evaluated and Non-Functioning, R2/Ready for Repair
If multiple categories are shipped in the same shipment, then the items need to be clearly distinguished.