On October 10, 2012, R2 Solutions made available for comment its Draft 2013 R2 Standard (“R2:2013”). If adopted, R2:2013 would specify the requirements with which an electronics recycler would have to comply in order to receive certification from R2 Solutions after the effective date of that standard.
While the adoption of R2:2013 might appear to advance the overarching goals of reuse and re-cycling of used and end-of-life electronic equipment, upon closer examination the opposite may be true. As will be discussed, electronics recyclers will have to do more and most certainly spend more to obtain certification from R2 Solutions under R2:2013. If the costs are too great, the result may be fewer, rather than more electronics recyclers seeking certification from R2 Solutions. The further result, unfortunately and ironically, may be abandonment, illegal disposal or illegal export of used or end-of-life equipment rather than reuse and recycling.
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