Sustainable Electronics Recycling (SERI) released the first major update of the R2 standard since 2013 in July 2020, providing a list of new standards for IT asset disposition enterprises. Following the scope and EH&S management system updates, next on the list are legal requirements, tracking throughput, and sorting, categorization, and processing.
Legal & Other Requirements: In the R2v3 standard, enterprises must include all associated off-site locations in the legal compliance plan, and require the plan to define the controls, competence, and monitoring activities. The new requirements also include the identification and documentation of legality of all international shipments, a legal compliance audit, and notification of any violation that requires action and follow up with the issuing agency. The use of child or forced labor is prohibited, with restrictions on prison labor, and R2v3 requires a non-discrimination policy.
Tracking Throughput: This section of the R2v3 standard requires detailed and accurate shipping information, a transaction summary report, records and tracking of quantities of R2 Controlled Streams, and tracking of inventory levels. R2v3 includes restrictions on storage of R2 Controlled Streams and negative value materials being stored longer than one year.
Sorting, Categorizing & Processing: This area defines requirements for sorting, categorizing and processing, including but not limited to developing and maintaining a process document in order to conduct sorting and categorizing electronic equipment before it is processed. R2 enterprises must also define the appropriate steps to identify and direct equipment and components both capable and incapable of reuse to the next process.
These new standards require ITAD and recycling enterprises to keep more detailed records with regard to warehouse management. R2 companies will need to document processes for sorting and categorizing, and comply with stricter legal requirements including labor restrictions, in order to meet these new standards. Summary reports and tracking inventory levels can result in more work for operations managers, but overall assists in organization of ITAD warehouses, ensuring a smooth disposition process.
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