In 2015, SERI made a public call for volunteers to serve on the R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). From the applications received, SERI selected TAC members that reflected the diversity of stakeholders in the electronics reuse-recycling industry so that many voices were heard. Representatives from small, mid, and large-scale recyclers and refurbishers; electronics manufacturers and takeback programs; users/customers of R2 certified facilities; and governmental policy makers and environmental advocates make up the TAC.
The many years of experience and the wide-ranging industry knowledge of TAC members has been extremely valuable during the review process of the current standard, and the drafting of proposed changes which will be released this spring. A few statistics about the TAC:
- 48 different stakeholders from 4 continents have participated in R2 TAC discussions since 2015. Currently, there are 28 active members serving on the TAC.
- There have been 40 TAC Meetings since 2015 (51 hours of phone meetings / 54 hours of in-person meetings)
- 14 Small Workgroups within the TAC focus on specific aspects of the Standard including: LCDs, CRTs, Closure, Collection Sites, Provision 2, Provision 5, Provisions 6 & 8, Provision 7, Best Practices for Service Entities, Social Issues, Restructuring for Specialty Processes, Restructure Drafting Group
- Small workgroups accounted for an additional 62 calls, 1 in-person meeting and 105+ total hours.
SERI is an ANSI accredited standards developer, and as such, the R2 revision process is defined and undertaken in accordance with the SERI Manual of Policies and Procedures for R2 Standard Development.