Implementation Study of the Electronics Recycling Standards: R2 and e-Stewards

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Abstract:EPA's Implementation Study of the Responsible Recycling ("R2") Standard for Electronics Recyclers and the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment ("e-Stewards") recycling standards fulfills a key commitment under the 2011 National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship, which tasks the federal government to lead by example in encouraging the greener design and responsible management of used electronics. The study found that overall, the e-Stewards and R2 certification programs are generally being implemented well with opportunities for improvement identified in many of the topic areas assessed in the study. The study identified a number of strengths in implementation of the standards, such as clear and effective roles and responsibilities among the key implementers, and opportunities for constructive feedback integrated throughout the system. Recommendations for improving the overall effectiveness of implementation include providing additional training and guidance materials in key topic areas, providing regular updates to the standards and increasing audit times to allow for more thorough audits. (PDF format; 96 pgs.; EPA 530-R-16-008)

URL: http://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-02/documents/u_s_epa_implementation_study_final_report_february_2016.pdf

Source: US EPA

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