The R2/RIOS™ certification is solely for electronics recyclers to demonstrate to
customers that electronics equipment is being recycled with the highest standards
for environmental protection, worker health and safety, and data privacy, and facility
security. R2/RIOS™ is a combination of the Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices and
the Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™). R2 was developed by a broad-based
cooperative of electronics recycling stakeholders that included the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), state governments, manufacturers, recyclers, trade groups and
non-governmental organizations. RIOS™ is the sole program on the market that combines
quality, environmental, health and safety requirements in a single management system.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) represents both small and large
scrap recycling businesses worldwide. ISRI members (Members) are critical partners in
the manufacturing chain, unparalleled collaborators in the initiative towards sustainability,
and economic drivers for local communities and the global economy. ISRI’s goal is to
maintain an ethical, safe, professional, and environmentally responsible climate to
assure continued public and business confidence in the scrap recycling industry.
Therefore, ISRI recommends that members adopt this Code of Conduct (Code) to guide
and govern their operations. The standards set forth in the Code are not new, but
rather, they reflect the commitment to professionalism and community service to
which ISRI Members have long adhered, and they serve as a renewed promise that ISRI
Members will continue to embody these ideals as their leadership role in local and
global commerce continues to grow. Ultimately, this Code is designed to assist Members
in acting responsibly, ethically, and in a manner that fosters the highest level of
professionalism in the provision of recycling services.
2.0 Member Values
2.1 To Our Customers
We value open, honest, and fair transactions, conducted by trained and
knowledgeable staff who will ensure integrity, accuracy, and safety at our facilities.
2.2 To Our Employees
We value a safe and healthy workplace, and equal opportunity for employment,
development, and advancement for all employees.
2.3 To Government and Law Enforcement
We value working with local, state, and federal law enforcement to ensure the
safe and secure operation of our facilities, and to continuing to lead the effort
to identify, report, and prevent materials theft.
2.4 To Our Communities
We value our role as critical partners in finding sustainable economic and
environmental solutions, to operating as good corporate citizens, and to supporting
the social welfare and economic development of the communities in which we live and work.
3.0 Business Conduct
3.1 Business Practices
Members are committed to conducting business honestly, ensuring that their
weighing and buying practices are fair and accurate, and ensuring that materials
shipped conform to agreed-upon contract specifications. In addition, Members are
encouraged to consider further measures to continually assess and improve their
business practices, such as by participating in ISRI-sponsored programs or attending
other business training and certification programs.
Members are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for their
employees and the public. In addition, Members are encouraged to consider further
measures to continually assess and improve safety practices in their workplace,
such as by participating in ISRI’s Scrap Safety Blueprint Action Plan or similar
safety training and certification programs.
3.3 Materials Theft
Members are committed to cooperating with local, state, and federal law
enforcement to identify, report, and prevent materials theft. In addition,
Members are encouraged to consider further measures to train employees on how
to identify suspicious transactions, how to respond when stolen or suspicious
materials are offered for sale, and how to utilize metals theft notification
programs, such as ISRI’s Metals Theft Alert System and similar local or regional
materials theft notification programs.
3.4 Compliance with Applicable Laws
Members are committed to complying with all local, state, and federals laws
and regulations applicable to their businesses and facilities. In addition,
Members are encouraged to consider further measures to continually assess and
improve their practices to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations,
such as by participating in ISRI-sponsored programs or similar programs addressing
laws and regulations relating to the scrap recycling industry.
3.5 Further Measures
In addition to these standards, Members are encouraged to consider further
measures to manage quality, environmental, and health and safety issues in their
operations, such as by adopting ISRI’s Recycling Industry Operating Standard
(RIOS) or similar ISO standards and certification programs.