Three new R2 certified facilities are now operating in Chile, Ecuador and Colombia thanks in large part to a cooperative effort by R2 Leaders DIRECTV, Sims Recycling Solutions, Greeneye Partners, Arrow Global Asset Disposition and Oracle.
DIRECTV’s social responsibility team set an ambitious goal for their nine outlets operating in Latin America – to ensure safe and sustainable recycling of used DIRECTV equipment by directing it to R2 certified companies. With only one R2 certified company operating in Brazil at that time, DIRECTV recognized the need for more certified facilities in Latin America, and decided to do something about it.
DIRECTV started by identifying the best recyclers in the countries they were operating in – many of whom they were already working with. From that list, they conducted a careful assessment of each recycler's operating systems, security, infrastructure and other certifications already in place (such as ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001), and selected the three that were most prepared to pursue R2 certification. The next step was to help those recyclers enhance their current process and implement the requirements of the R2 Standard.
Greeneye Partners, a consulting group that helps companies prepare for certification, conducted training at each facility and helped them develop and implement systems needed to meet the requirements of the R2 Standard. Sims Recycling Solutions contributed to the effort by conducting internal audits at each facility to identify any corrective actions that were needed in advance of the final certification audits. Certification Body, NSF, provided Spanish speaking auditors, and Oracle and Arrow Global Asset Disposition contributed financially to the project.
R2 expansion to United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian in the Middle East.
Last year, Sims Recycling Solutions achieved R2 certification for their facility operating in the United Arab Emirates – and earned the distinction of being the first R2 certified facility in the Middle East.
In March of this year, Holoul Electronic Recycling Treatment Company became the first R2 certified facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is the only collector, handler, dismantler and shredder of e-waste licensed by the kingdom’s Presidency of the Meteorological and Environment.
R2 certified companies are now operating in 26 countries. While there are regions of the world that are still without access to responsible repair and recycling facilities, progress is being made and better practices are being adopted as R2 certification continues to raise the bar throughout the electronics repair and recycling industry.