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November 2012  

R2 Update
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Welcome to the R2 Update!  This newsletter contains relevant industry information and news pertaining to R2 Solutions, and more importantly the R2 Standard, the leading certification program for the electronics recycling industry.
In This Issue
Draft R2:2013 Available for Public Comment
R2 Short Updates
Certified Company Spotlight: Reworx
R2:2013 Preview - Provision 6(d)


R2:2013 Draft Standard Public Comment Period closing


The public comment period is soon closing.  R2 Solutions eagerly seeks your feedback on the R2:2013 Standard draft.   The R2:2013 Standard draft can be found here.  Feedback must be provided through the established form.  Any comments through email or other means may be considered, but may not be formally responded to.  Comments will be received until December 16, 2012.



R2 Short Updates


R2 Education Series


R2 Solutions recently completed training at the International Computer Refurbisher Summit (ICRS) in Glendale, AZ.  We look forward to more opportunities for training, including opportunities to promote R2 Certification to active and potential customers of R2 Certified companies.   Please forward opportunities for R2 Solutions to participate in events that would benefit R2 Certified organizations. 


300+ and counting


We recently crossed the 300 mark of certified facilities.  Currently, there are 311 R2 certified facilities.  This marks 50% growth in just the last six months.  The number of certified facilities still represents less than 25% of the total recyclers and refurbishers.  R2 certification is still a great market differentiator and there is still many opportunities to expand R2 certification.


Budgeting for 2013


New marketing opportunities will be available to you in 2013 to capitalize on your R2 Certification.   Since this is budgeting time for many organizations, we encourage you to allocate finances for these marketing opportunties with R2 Solutions in 2013.   


Certified Company Spotlight:  Reworx


From time to time, the R2 Update will be featuring an R2 Certified company. This article was provided by the Reworx.  For more information, call 770-426-1700 or visit http://www.ReworxRecycling.org.


The mission of Marietta, GA-based Nobis Works (formerly Tommy Nobis Center) is to develop and provide job training, employment and vocational support for youth and adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment.   Since opening its doors in 1977, the Nobis Works community rehabilitation program has helped more than 23,000 persons achieve confidence, independence, and workplace success.

Nobis Works began electronics recycling operations in 2009 in the Atlanta market as a proactive effort to create jobs in a staggering recession. From the back 15,000 square feet of the Tommy Nobis Center warehouse, the operations within the first year grew to consume 75,000+ square feet in 3 warehouses in Cobb County, Georgia.   In the fall of 2010, Reworx (as it has now become known) consolidated all operations into a 150,000+ square foot warehouse. By 2012, Reworx was receiving and processing an average of almost 1 million pounds of electronics per month from corporate customers including multiple Fortune 500 firms and individuals alike. It seems that corporations and individuals both embrace the fact that they are doing the environmentally right thing while also being socially responsible and helping those that are disadvantaged.


Mike Daniels, COO of Reworx, said "We were fortunate in that being relatively new to the electronics recycling industry, we did not have bad habits and were actually able to build our operational procedures around the principles of the R2 standard. The R2 and ISO14001 standards literally shaped the Reworx organization we are today.   We are still improving by implementing our warehouse management system (CycleLution) and adding new processes to complement new business lines and customer requirements, but we would not be able to handle the volumes of material and ensure security without having gone through the R2 process." Reworx contracts with third party security firm US Security Associates to ensure security of all equipment and, in particular, any devices that might contain confidential information within the facility.


Reworx processes all electronics including HVAC equipment. They provide product destruction services for some customers ensuring obsolete product or product overruns are removed from the market.   Additionally, Reworx is a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher which allows them to offer best value to those customers that do allow their IT products to be refurbished and resold. Reworx offers commercially competitive pricing but being a nonprofit, can also offer a potential charitable contribution deduction to donors if that is more advantageous to the customer.


Currently Reworx employs 57 direct labor workers with 87% of those having a disability or barrier to employment. When the idea for Reworx was conceived, it was decided to utilize the Integrated Employment model whereby half of the workforce would have disabilities and half would not.   Since there was a real need in the community to also find employment for persons with barriers to employment (in substance abuse programs, homeless, illiterate, etc.), Reworx decided to hire from this population as a major constituent of its "non-disabled" population to be served thereby performing a greater service to the community and those most in need.


R2:2013 Preview: Provision 6(d)


To prepare for the coming transition to R2:2013, we are changing the monthly Conformity Review to cover new requirements under consideration.  The R2:2013 Standard is currently a DRAFT and can be found here.  Please use the public comment form to provide feedback before December 16, 2012.  


R2:2013 seeks to maximize legitimate reuse while restricting exceptions. It is understood that recyclers and refurbishers occasionally receive equipment which has a valuable reuse, but for which the organization does not have the means to test or repair. Often the rarity of these specialty items make the equipment more valuable. In accordance with Provision 2, Provision 6(d) seeks to promote the reuse of this equipment rather than destroying it because it cannot be tested, or is not working or missing parts. 


6(d) An R2:2013 electronics recycler need not conform to Section (c) for sales of "Collectible Electronics" and components or "Specialty Electronics" that the R2:2013 electronics recycler does not possess the technical capability to test or repair. Such sales are restricted to 1% of total individual units by quantity sold on a rolling 12 month average. Sales under this provision must include returns at no cost to the buyer.

(1) An R2:2013 electronics recycler shall conform to the legal requirements (including export) in Provision 3.


(2) An R2:2013 electronics recycler need not conform to the downstream requirements of Provision 5. 


There is a perceived risk that the avoidance of testing would proliferate illegitimate reuse.  Therefore, the exception was modified to narrow the definition to "specialty" or "collectible" equipment. The quantity of these transactions is restricted to ensure this is an exception and not used for the normal course of business.  Effectively, this change will allow for specific equipment to be reused in limited quantities, instead of forcing it to be destroyed.  The cumulative effect will have a positive environmental impact.



Equipment which might fall into this category could include vintage stereo equipment, such as a cassette tape player.  It could also include scientific equipment like spectrometers.  Or it could include specialty medical equipment such as defribrillators.  It could even include a vintage Apple I personal computer that would be collectible.  Common equipment, including destkops, laptops, printers, etc. would not be specialty or collectible equipment. 


Consideration of this equipment must continue to be included in EH&S management system activities.  This includes an evaluation of legal requirements and risks associated with these devices.  The burden of proof to meet Provision 6(d) is upon the R2 Certified organization to demonstrate to the auditor conformance to the restrictions of this requirement if used.  This is the current recommendation in the R2:2013 Standard draft.  We would appreciate your feedback on this provision and other changes in the proposed standard during the public comment period.  The entire R2:2013 Standard draft can be found here.





We want to hear from you!  Please send along any R2 related news or information that you think would be important to share with the electronics recycling community. 

Thank you!