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. We have been highlighting R2v3 with a series outlining the updated standards. Read more about the new R2v3 changes, EH&S Management Updates, and Data Security. This week we examine changes to transport, process requirements in the downstream recycling chain, and data sanitization.
Transport: The new R2v3 standards require additional specific security measures for the transport of data containing items. R2v3 clarifies the requirements for accurate shipping documentation, including all labeling, codes, descriptions and regulatory declarations. It also clarifies that verification of transporters is based on conformance with all applicable transport requirements as defined in the compliance plan.
Process Requirements- Downstream Recycling Chain: The new R2v3 standards require the downstream chain for R2 Controlled Streams to be managed in accordance with Appendix A and the REC. They also specify the requirement for pollution liability insurance where any negative value items are handled. R2v3 defines requirements for verifying legality of international shipments and requirements for tracking of the entire downstream recycling chain until final disposition, or, allows for tracking to stop at the first R2 facility when the downstream chain is registered with SERI. Requires verification that the DSV has the capabilities, conforms to the FM management plan, and maintains a detailed EHSMS and legal compliance plan. The DSV must also have knowledge of and maintain measures to comply with legal requirements, and maintain a list and copies of all permits. The new standards define the requirements for verifying a non-R2 DSV for performing data sanitization, test and repair, materials recovery, and brokering. R2v3 requires verification that the DSV tracks throughput with records and does not store items with a negative value longer than one year.
Data Sanitization pt.1: R2v3 requires specific elements of the data sanitization process to be defined in the Data Sanitization Plan, and the tracking with records of data storage devices from the point of control through the sanitization process. New requirements also include the training and evaluation of all workers involved in the data sanitization process, and confirmation of their competency to perform their assigned tasks. The new standards require that any markings, such as asset tags or other identifiers associated with the previous user be removed or destroyed. R2v3 standards define specific security controls that must be implemented, tested and maintained as appropriate to the most sensitive classification of media accepted at the facility.
These new requirements focus mainly on providing more details during the transport and recycling process, new employee training, security measures and clarifications on certain aspects of R2 compliance. Following core compliance standards is important in maintaining a smooth, efficient ITAD process, and staying compliant with government legislation is HOBI International Inc.’s top priority. We are R2, RIOS and ISO 14001 certified, and have implemented necessary changes in order to begin the shift to the new R2v3 standards.
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