When a certifying body (CB) issues a new or revised R2 certificate, a copy is provided to SERI so that the change can be entered in the SERI database and updated on the website directory of R2 recyclers. Inaccuracies or discrepancies on the certificate can cause a delay in updating the database and website directory. In such cases, SERI notifies the CB so the issue can be corrected. To ensure the accuracy and integrity of the R2 Recycler Directory, it is SERI’s policy to update the website directory only after certificate issues have been resolved.
Common Certificate Issues:
Discrepancies in company name and address. The name(s) and/or address(es) stated on the certificate issued by the CB must match the name(s) and/or address(es) listed on the R2 License Agreement signed by the recycler. Recyclers can avoid delays by verifying prior to the audit that the information on the R2 License Acknowledgement matches the company name(s) and addess(es) specified in the CB contract. If there is a discrepancy that requires a correction in the R2 License, the recycler should contact SERI (Licensing@SustainableElectronics.org) to update their R2 license.
- “Doing Business As” (DBA) names not included on the R2 License Acknowledgement
- Addresses of additional campus or multi-site locations not included on the R2 License Acknowledgement
- Sites that are no longer included in the campus or multi-site scheme still listed on the R2 License Acknowledgement
Inaccurate Scope Statements. The scope statement should clearly define all R2-related activities and services occurring at the location(s) listed on the R2 certificate (and no other activities). Note that the scope on the R2 certificate will not always match the scope identified on the 14001/18001 or RIOS certificates if the company is performing R2 and NON R2-related activites. For example, a scrap metal yard that also accepts electronic equipment would only include the R2-related activites in the R2 Scope -- not the unrelated activities occuring on site. R2 certificates with inaccurate or ambiguous scope statements are returned to the CB so the scope can be modified to accurately reflect the R2 certified activities taking place at the facility.
Common scope statement errors:
- Listing activities that do not fall within the scope of the R2 Standard. The R2 standard covers activities related to used electronic equipment, components and peripherals that are primarily information or communications technology. Examples of activities that should NOT be included in an R2 Scope statement:
“Metal recycling” (too broad… assumption could be made the certification applies to recycling of scrap metals from cars and appliances, activities that are not R2-related).
“Plastics recycling” (too broad… assumption could be made the certification applies to recycling of plastic bags or water bottles, activities that are not R2-related).
“Recycling of electric wastes” (too ambiguous… scope should be more specific and limited to only used electronic equipment & components that are information or communications technology such as computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, printers, copiers, DVD players, TVs, monitors, etc.).
“Processing of new cell phones” (R2 applies only to USED electronics).
- Not including specific scope statements for each campus location. The certificate should make clear what activities or services are being performed at each campus site.
SERI is in the process of developing an Advisory that will provide more information about acceptable R2 scope statements.