Q. What benefits can I get from being certified to R2?
The vast majority of certified recyclers reported that certification has increased their business. Independent research conducted in 2012 by Gracestone, Inc. & Arcadian Solutions (small consultancies with in-depth expertise on global End-of-life-electronics management) found that:
- 95% of certified recyclers reported increased demand for responsible recycling.
- 70% of certified recyclers reported that certification had increased their business.
- 31% reported increases of more than an 11%
- 25% reported increases of 6-10%
- 14% reported an increases up to 5%
- 36% reported reduced insurance premiums due to better EH&S practices
Q. What are the costs of getting certified to R2? What is the process?
The costs will vary considerably between organizations. The following factors will determine how much it would cost to get certified.
- Whether the organization uses a consultant for implementing the system
- License fee to be paid to SERI would depend on the number of sites the organization has. (Per site, it is $1500)
- Fees to be paid to the CB contracted to conduct the 3rd party R2 audit. In addition to the initial registration audit under the CB, organizations must go through an annual surveillance audit.
Q. What is the average time to get certified?
While every organization is different, the average time for a typical R2 recycler is between 4-6 months. This would include organizations with less than 50 people and ones that do demanufacturing, disassembly or mechanical processing like shredding.
Q. Does the R2 standard have to be integrated with RIOS or 14001/18001?
It is not a requirement to have an integrated system. It is, however recommended it offers significant advantages in terms of reduced paperwork, expenses and time. As long as the organization is able to demonstrate that they are certified by an accredited CB to R2 and 14001/18001 or RIOS, it meets the requirements of having an EHS system.
Q. Where can I find information on training on the R2 standard?
You can find more information on the training for the R2 standard provided by SERI here.
Q. Where can we find consultants for R2 certification?
SERI does not endorse any R2 consultants. Some consultants advertise on website directories such as www.electronicsrecyclingdirectory.com or in trade publications.
Q. Why am I paying SERI a R2 licensing fee when I am paying the Certification Body to get certified?
The licensing fee covers the cost of administering the R2 Standard such as maintaining the website, training for auditors, and R2 implementation resources for recyclers.
The license fee also helps to fund education initiatives targeted to businesses, government agencies and consumers, about the importance of responsible electronics recycling and of using R2 certified recyclers.
Many of these educational materials are also made available for use by R2 certified recyclers.