Numbers aren’t particularly significant, but the milestones and change they represent can be. A few noteworthy R2 milestones:
2008 - When the R2 Standard was released in 2008, comprehensive, independently-audited best practices for electronics recycling facilities didn’t exist, and used electronics were often managed in unsafe and sometimes illegal ways. The R2:2008 Standard ushered in a decade of positive changes in the industry by requiring better environmental, health and safety practices, and more downstream accountability.
2013 - The R2 Standard was revised in 2013 and called for even more rigorous requirements for data security, downstream accountability, legal compliance, and testing of reusable equipment – raising the industry bar yet again. Since then, a growing number of SERI education initiatives for auditors and recyclers have continued to improve conformance to R2 requirements.
2017 – More than 700 R2 certified facilities are now operating in 30 countries. This is significant because it means safer and more sustainable practices are being implemented worldwide, and more companies are operating under the oversight of independent auditors. And because of greater awareness and accountability, R2 certified recyclers are holding their downstream partners to higher levels of scrutiny.
While we recognize there is still more work ahead to achieve our goal of access to safe repair and recycling worldwide, we are proud of our progress to date, proud of our latest milestone, and proud of our R2 certified partners who are improving how the world reuses and recycles electronics.