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Electronics recyclers have a new guide on how to run safe and environmentally protective recycling operations. The EPA, as part of a group of recycling stakeholders, on Friday released the Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices for Use in Accredited Certification Programs for Electronics Recyclers.
The R2 guide lists 13 principles to help electronics recyclers ensure their material is handled safely and legally in the U.S. and foreign countries. It calls on recyclers to establish a management system for environmental and worker safety; develop a policy that promotes reuse and material recovery over landfill or incineration; and use practices that reduce exposures or emissions during recycling operations. The principles also call for recyclers to use diligence to assure appropriate management of materials throughout the recycling chain, including materials that are exported to foreign countries.
The workgroup that developed the guidelines represent federal and state governments, electronics manufacturers and recyclers, and trade associations. The workgroup said in a press release it intends to now shift its focus toward establishing a certification process, which will allow consumers easily to recognize responsible recyclers in the marketplace.