The R2 Consensus Body approved a new formal interpretation at the recent TAC meeting in Baltimore. The Formal Interpretation #2.0 addresses some special situations where due diligence is not required when untested or broken electronics and components leave the R2 Facility (as otherwise required by R2:2013 Provisions 5.e and 6.c.3.B). These special situations include:
- Returning personal equipment to an individual owner at the owner’s request when it is not repairable or not functioning.
- Exchanging failed components under warranty with the manufacturer to repair electronics for reuse.
- Return of electronics to the sender when shipped by mistake or damaged in shipment.
While control of non-working equipment leaving the R2 Recycler is a fundamental element of the R2 Standard, R2 requirements are not intended to prevent an R2 Recycler from repairing broken equipment to make it reusable, or to keep equipment owned by an individual when it is broken. These specific and limited exceptions to due diligence requirements are intended to be infrequent. Any normal management practice to sort and return untested or non-working equipment without due diligence is not permitted by the R2 Standard nor this Formal Interpretation.
This Formal Interpretation is available in the R2 Document Library on the SERI website.