The R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recently met in Denver, Colorado to continue their work on the next version of the R2 Standard. The TAC had robust discussions concerning many proposed content changes, as well as a few strategic changes.
Content changes the TAC will move forward on include:
- A more detailed and transparent FM Management Plan
- Enhanced data sanitization requirements
- Clarification that insurance must cover all material under the recycler’s control
- Upstream reporting of changes in downstream recycling chains
The TAC also decided to work on restructuring the R2 Standard to better address some of the challenges in the current one-size-fits-all approach. The proposed strategy would keep core requirements of the standard that will be applicable to all R2 Certified organizations. Additional requirements would be applicable based on the processes and potentially the types of equipment processed within an organization. For example, a shredding process may have different requirements than a repair process.
A change in structure is being considered to better accommodate the increasing diversification of industry sectors, processes, and products. A broader array of customers is requiring R2 Certification as a condition for doing business. And increasingly, R2 certified organizations are being asked by customers to perform more IT and logistics services. Also, the types of equipment containing electronics continues to expand into all aspects of everyday life. The goal is to have the next version of the R2 Standard address many of these industry changes while maintaining the consistency, rigor and credibility of R2 Certification. Ensuring that data is sanitized, workers are protected from safety hazards, and environmental pollution is prevented will continue to be paramount.
The release of a new version of the R2 Standard is likely to be later than originally anticipated because of the time it will take to develop, review, and consider the impacts of a new structure. SERI supports the TAC in taking the necessary time to develop a standard that is clear and effective in meeting the environmental, health, safety, data security, and market challenges to sustainably managing used and end-of-life electronics. When the TAC concludes this phase of work on the draft of the revised R2 Standard, SERI and the TAC will proactively solicit public comment. Comments received will be considered by the TAC prior to a final version being adopted.