Occasionally two or more companies may operate out of the same location. It may be a cost sharing arrangement, sister companies operating as independent entities, or perhaps a company operating under a parent or umbrella company. Regardless of the relationship of the co-located companies, R2 requires that all electronics recycling related activities taking place at a single facility must conform to all R2 Provisions and be included in the R2 audit.
This means that all companies sharing the same physical address, and that are involved in managing used electronics in any capacity (including collection, refurbishment, resale, data destruction, recycling, or other related activities) must be R2 Certified. It is not permissible for a recycler to cherry pick which recycling/refurbishing/resale activities taking place at the facility are subject to audit and R2 certification.
In some cases, a recycler may share space with another company that is not engaged in activities related to used electronics. Some common examples:
- A metals recycling facility that has added electronics recycling to its traditional scrap metal operation. (The purchasing and processing of scrap metal is unrelated to electronics recycling.)
- A company that kits new cell phones for distribution, but that also runs a return operation for used cell phones. (The distribution of new cellphones is unrelated to the management of used cell phones.)
In such cases, it is permissible to certify only the company, activities, or areas of the facility that are engaged in activities related to used electronics. The “Co-location Allowance” defined in the R2 Code of Practices applies to such arrangements, and must be vetted and approved by the Certification Body.