By Henry Leineweber, SERI Operations Director
While the overwhelming majority of R2 Certified facilities are still in the U.S. there is increasing demand for the certification internationally. New certifications were up 10% in the United States over the past 12-months, but nearly doubled outside the U.S. over the same period – up just over 80%. Furthermore, SERI has seen increased demand for auditors and training programs in Latin America, India, and Asia over the past year.
A pilot project to support the R2 Certification of facilities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador continues to progress. Internal audits were completed earlier this summer and while some issues were identified, they are being resolved. Participating recyclers Bigua Reciclagem, Midas Chile, CI Recyclables, and Vertmonde are currently scheduling their final audits with NSF and will complete them before the end of the year.
Elsewhere, R2 has seen significant growth in Asia. Eight facilities operated by Anchor Network Services recently completed R2 Certification in Japan. The number of certified facilities in Singapore also doubled in the past year.
SERI is working to increase the availability of resources needed to successfully complete R2 Certification in these and other emerging markets, including local translations of R2-related documents, implementation training, and working with Certification Bodies to improve the availability of R2 auditors.