Earlier this month, SERI released the proposed draft for R2v3, the next evolution of the R2 Standard, along with the R2 Equipment Categorization (REC) reference document which is be used by R2 Facilities in conjunction with the R2v3 Standard. Both documents are available for review on the R2v3 page of the SERI website. The release came after more than 3 years of work by the R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), a multi-stakeholder group representing small, mid, and large-scale recyclers and refurbishers; auditors and certifying bodies; electronics manufacturers and retailers; users/customers of R2 certified facilities; environmental protection agencies and environmental advocates; and other industry experts. Throughout the drafting phase of R2v3, the TAC considered many possible changes and drafted multiple versions with the intent of both clarifying and enhancing the existing R2 requirements.
The next important phase in the revision process is the Public Comment period. SERI welcomes comments and suggestions for improvement as this allows for a broader review of the proposed R2v3 Standard. Anyone is free to submit feedback during the public comment period, and all comments and suggestions received will be summarized and shared with the TAC for consideration. For comments to be helpful, they should be specific, including examples, suggestion(s) for improvement, and include the rationale for the proposed change.
Comments or suggested changes to the R2v3 Standard must be submitted using the online public comment form that can be found on the SERI website at: https://sustainableelectronics.org/r2v3. With your submission, it is recommended that you describe the issue or suggestion as clearly and in as much detail as possible, in order to provide the TAC with sufficient context to evaluate the comment.
Changes that are made to the R2v3 draft will be posted for an additional public review and comment period. A report of all comments received, along with corresponding TAC responses for each comment, consideration, or change will be posted by SERI at the end of each public comment period.
SERI recognizes that broad participation and constructive feedback on the standard will help to build a strong standard that best meets the needs of the diverse electronics reuse and recycling industry, so we hope you will have an opportunity to review the standard and submit any feedback you may have.