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Frequently Asked Questions about R2 Licenses, Certificates and Website Directory

Q.  Our facility moved last month – why isn’t my new address listed on SERI’s R2 Recycler Directory?

A.  A new address cannot be listed on the website until SERI has received a revised certificate from the certifying body showing the new address.  Be sure to contact your certifying body as soon as a move is planned to expedite the process of securing a revised R2 certificate, and updating your listing on the directory. 

Q.  Can you change the address and/or company name on my R2 license?

A.  An address or name change requires a new license application.  After the new license application has been submitted, contact SERI so that any remaining time on your old license can be transferred to your new license.  Your annual renewal date will remain unchanged (unless there is a gap in certification, in which case, a new renewal date will be based on your recertification date.)

Q.  Our auditor was here last week and we passed our audit.  Why aren’t we listed on the R2 Recycler Directory yet?

A.  It takes time for the auditor to prepare his or her audit report, present it to the Certifying Body’s review committee, and for the final approval and certificate to be issued.  At a minimum, you should expect four weeks before the certificate is issued, and in some cases, it can take significantly longer.  Check with your certifying body to get an estimate on when they will issue your R2 certificate.   As soon as SERI receives a copy of the final certificate, we will update the R2 Recycler Directory on our website.

 Q.  My downstream vendor provided a copy of their R2 certificate, but their facility is not listed on the R2 Recycler Directory.  Why is that?

A.  If a certificate is expired, suspended or revoked, it will be removed from the R2 Recycler Directory.  Also, if a facility has moved, the new address will not be added to the website until a revised certificate has been issued by the certifying body.  This ensures that the certifying body has reviewed any changes in operation at the new facility before it is listed on the R2 Recycler Directory.   To view the weekly list of recent changes in R2 status, visit the Certification Changes page on the SERI website.

 

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Beware of fraudulent R2 Certificates

When doing due diligence on R2 certified recycling partners, it is a good practice to ask for a copy of their R2 certificate and verify it with the SERI database of R2 certified facilities.  In the most recent incident of a fraudulent certificate, Secure Recycling LLC in Norcross, GA, presented an “R2 certificate” with altered facility name, date, and certificate number as part of their bid for a local government contract.  Fortunately, the agency verified the certificate with the SERI database and found that it wasn’t authentic.

There have also been instances of certifying bodies that are not SERI approved and ANAB accredited issuing invalid R2 certificates to recycling facilities.  Upon further investigation, those facilities had not implemented some of the most fundamental requirements of the R2 standard – putting their partners and customers at risk.  These cases were brought to the attention of SERI through the due diligence process of R2 certified recyclers as well as users of recycling services. 

There are also cases of non-R2 certified companies wrongfully using the R2 logo and claiming (or implying) R2 certification.  Your help in identifying those companies to SERI is appreciated so that we can contact them, and if necessary, list them on the NOT-Certified list on our website.

Make sure you are checking the validity of R2 certificates of your prospective downstream vendors – and competitors – and report improper claims or fraudulent certificates to SERI.  R2 certified companies have invested significant time, effort and cost to achieve certification.  Vigilance and due diligence will help to protect that investment and the integrity of the R2 Standard.  

 

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EPA finalizes changes to hazardous waste export and import regulations

EPA finalizes changes to hazardous waste export and import regulations
<![CDATA[The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to improve the nation’s hazardous waste regulations to protect public health and the environment. The updated Hazardous Waste Import and Export Regulations streamline the hazardous waste export and import process, implement mandatory electronic reporting for international shipments and electronically linking export information.

“EPA is dedicated to continuing to improve the tracking of hazardous waste exports and imports to provide a safe and healthy environment for all. This new rule will provide greater protection to communities from mismanagement of hazardous waste when it is shipped across multiple countries to be disposed or recycled,” says Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management. “The rule provides for improved transparency, data sharing and tracking for international shipments.”

The final rule improves and consolidates previous regulations so that one set of requirements – the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) more stringent controlling transboundary movements of hazardous waste requirements – applies to all U.S. hazardous waste exports and imports.

More efficient compliance monitoring will be provided by the rule’s requirement to link the consent to export with the electronic export information submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These regulations support a broader U.S. government effort led by CBP to convert from a paper-based border-crossing approval process for a wide range of exports and imports, to an electronic border-crossing approval process. This rule covers the hazardous waste export component of this larger International Trade Data System initiative.

Additionally, the new rule requires mandatory electronic reporting to EPA, which will enable increased sharing of hazardous waste export and import data with state programs, the general public and individual hazardous waste exporters and importers. While some electronic reporting will be required when the rule becomes effective, the full range of electronic reporting will not be mandatory until the respective electronic reporting functions are built and beta tested, at which point a compliance date will be announced in a separate Federal Register announcement.  

For more information about the final Hazardous Waste Export and Import Regulations, visit www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/proposed-rule-hazardous-waste-export-import-revisions.

For more information about the Proposed Rule: Internet Posting for Hazardous Waste Exports and Imports Proposed Rule and Confidentiality Determination to Exclude Confidential Business Information (CBI) Claims for Hazardous Waste Export and Import Documents, visit www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/proposed-rule-internet-posting-and-confidentiality-determinations-hazardous-waste.

For more on OECD’s rules, visit www.oecd.org/env/waste/theoecdcontrolsystemforwasterecovery.htm

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EPA finalizes changes to hazardous waste export and import regulations
<![CDATA[The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to improve the nation’s hazardous waste regulations to protect public health and the environment. The updated Hazardous Waste Import and Export Regulations streamline the hazardous waste export and import process, implement mandatory electronic reporting for international shipments and electronically linking export information.“EPA is dedicated to continuing to improve the tracking of hazardous waste exports and imports to provide a safe and healthy environment for all. This new rule will provide greater protection to communities from mismanagement of hazardous waste when it is shipped across multiple countries to be disposed or recycled,” says Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management. “The rule provides for improved transparency, data sharing and tracking for international shipments.”The final rule improves and consolidates previous regulations so that one set of requirements – the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) more stringent controlling transboundary movements of hazardous waste requirements – applies to all U.S. hazardous waste exports and imports. More efficient compliance monitoring will be provided by the rule’s requirement to link the consent to export with the electronic export information submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These regulations support…

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Latest news stories from E-Scrap News: Certification scorecard

Certification scorecard

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Helpful resources for researching legal requirements

Provision 3 requires R2 certified companies to identify legal requirements that apply to their specific scope of operation.  Listed below are resources that may be helpful when researching legal requirements:

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Faulty Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones Present E-Waste Recycling Issue, Opportunity

Faulty Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones Present E-Waste Recycling Issue, Opportunity

Millions of discontinued, damaged and recalled phones are being placed in recycling bins, creating both an e-waste recycling issue and opportunity.

 

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Latest news stories from Resource Recycling: Exports lag 2015 numbers for most materials

Exports lag 2015 numbers for most materials

By Dan Leif, Resource Recycling

September 6, 2016

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