eLot Recycling has re-certified as a RIOS and R2:2013 certified electronics recycler. Through the RIOS management system, recycling facilities go through a comprehensive evaluation of their environmental impacts, and then seeks ways to lower their footprint over time. The R2:2013 standard ensures the quality, transparency, environmental and social responsibility of electronics recycling facilities.
The Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS™) is an integrated quality, environmental, health and safety management system certification that is designed for recyclers, by recyclers. With RIOS, recyclers are able to obtain certification without having to fit their system into a program designed for manufacturers. By integrating the management system, recyclers are able to more effectively manage their system, which results in stronger health and safety programs, greater environmental responsibility, and better operational efficiency. RIOS is the global standard for recycling.
R2:2013 owes its existence to a collaborative partnership between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Recognizing the need for comprehensive best-practices that address the operational and environmental challenges in electronics recycling and repair, the US Environmental Protection Agency convened a multi-stakeholder process to create a voluntary, market-based mechanism for ensuring best practices in electronics recycling. What emerged from that process was the “Responsible Recycling practices for Use in Accredited Certifications Programs” (R2) Standard.