Technology Conservation Group, Inc. First Electronics Recycler to Take R2/RIOS® Certification International
|Lecanto, FL –TECHNOLOGY CONSERVATION GROUP, INC., an electronics recycling and asset management company headquartered in Lecanto, FL announced today that it has earned the prestigious industry designation R2/RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler® and achieved ISO 14001:2004 recertification in six of their processing facilities located in the United States, Mexico and Europe, making it the first company to take an R2/RIOS™ certification international. TCG’s certified facilities are located in:
R2/RIOS™ is the combination of two stringent accredited standards: the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) and the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS)™. The result is an exacting standard for responsible electronics reuse and recycling and recognition in the market via R2/RIOS™ certification as a Certified Electronics Recycler® (www.certifiedelectronicsrecycler.org). Electronics recycling is a fast‐growing industry that creates high‐paying, green jobs and boosts the U.S. and global economies.
The R2 standard was developed through a multi‐stakeholder process including ISRI, major OEMS, recyclers, experts in sustainability and recycling, and government agencies and is facilitated by R2 Solutions and supported by the US EPA. R2 provides benefits such as reducing environmental and health impacts from improper recycling, increasing access to quality reusable/refurbished equipment, and reducing energy use associated with processing virgin materials. RIOS™ is an integrated management system with key operational elements for quality, environmental, health and safety performance. RIOS™ comprises six major components – general requirements, policy, planning, implementation, corrective/preventive action, and management review. ISRI developed RIOS™ specifically for the recycling industry.
“We are extremely proud and excited to be a Certified Electronics Recycler® in three different countries. TCG is a global company so it only made sense for us to include our Mexico and United Kingdom facilities,” said Hamilton Rice, President of Technology Conservation Group. “Our goal is to provide our customers with the reassurance that we are processing their material in the most environmentally responsible manner possible, no exceptions. TCG is committed to all aspects of the R2/RIOS™ and ISO standards and hold ourselves accountable for the integrity of our internal processes that support those standards.”
“TCG has the very significant distinction of being the first U.S. company to ensure excellence in its facilities abroad through the latest and most rigorous environmental health and safety and quality standards. TGC is very clearly committed to the highest standards at home and around the world,” ISRI President Robin Wiener said. “With more and more global and country-based directives being issued to ensure that recyclers are using the very best standards, R2/RIOS™ is generating a great deal of interest and investment. Achieving R2/RIOS™ certification is a triple shot of quality, safety and environmental management in electronics recycling facilities.”
TCG’s conformance audit against these stringent standards was performed by SGS, an independent third-party certification body accredited by ANAB, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board.