SERI announces deadline for ISO 14001:2015 certification

SERI, the Boulder, Colorado-based housing body for the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) Standard, says certified locations must transition to the ISO 14001:2015 standard by Sept. 15, 2018.

In its April 2018 “R2 Update” e-newsletter, SERI writes: “R2 certified companies that are satisfying Provision 1 requirements with certification to ISO 14001 must upgrade to the new version prior to the transition deadline to keep their R2 certification active and in good standing.”

SERI advises recyclers to consult their certifying bodies’ transition plans to ensure they are meeting scheduling deadlines.

“R2 certified companies that do not successfully upgrade prior to the deadline will be out of conformance with Provision 1 and subject to suspension by their certifying body until they have obtained certification to the 14001:2015 standard,” SERI says. “Recyclers that do not get recertified to the 14001:2015 standard within the suspension period face revocation of their R2 certificate.”

More information on ISO 14001:2015 is at

Padnos facility earns R2/RIOS certification

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Padnos, a full-service recycling company headquartered in Holland, Michigan, has announced that it has achieved the R2:2013 (Responsible Recycling Practices) and RIOS:2016 (Recycling Industry Operating Standard) certifications for its electronics recycling facility in Wyoming, Michigan. The combined certifications govern environmental responsibility, employee health and safety and data security.

Companies can use RIOS certification to meet Provision 1 of the R2 Standard, which calls for “an environmental, health and safety management system (EHSMS) to plan and monitor its environmental, health and safety practices, including the activities it undertakes to conform to each requirement of the R2:2013 Standard. This EHSMS shall be certified to an accredited management system standard.”

RIOS was developed by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), based in Washington.

SERI, Boulder, Colorado, is the housing body and American National Standards Institute-accredited standards development organization for the R2 Standard.

“Achieving R2/RIOS certification confirms Padnos’ commitment to provide creative recycling solutions to organizations and individuals,” says the company’s Sam Padnos. “People want to know that their obsolete electronics are being properly handled and their data is being destroyed without compromise. This certification documents that we have taken the initiative to develop a program with environmentally sound practices, downstream auditing and complete data security.”

Founded in 1905, Padnos is a family-owned and operated business managing scrap products for industrial and commercial accounts. The company has more than 20 locations, primarily in Michigan, where it recycles paper, plastics, ferrous and nonferrous metals and electronics.