PC Rebuilders & Recyclers Certifies to RIOS

Electronics refurbisher already certified to R2 Standard.

April 30, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

PC Rebuilders & Recyclers (PCRR), based in Chicago, has achieved RIOS certification, now making it an R2/RIOS certified electronics recycler. R2/RIOS (Responsible Recycling Practices/Recycling Industry Operating Standard) is designed to demonstrate a facility’s commitment to operating to quality production, environmental protections, health and safety standards. The company received its RIOS certification in Februart 2013, and has been R2 certified since January 2012.

PCRR is an electronics recycler that primarily focuses on the reuse of used computing equipment. The company, a Microsoft authorized refurbisher, says it is the largest computer refurbisher in Illinois.

“We implemented the RIOS management system because it is the right thing to do for our employees, customers and the environment,” says Willie Cade, founder and CEO of PCRR. “Adding RIOS to our R2 certification reaffirms PCRR’s commitment to providing quality refurbished electronic equipment in an environmentally responsible way.”

San Francisco-based TechSoup recently selected PCRR to become its newest refurbishment partner for the Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI), which supplies low-cost warrantee PCs to charities and libraries.

“PCRR's R2/RIOS certification gives us the assurances we need to deliver the best refurbished equipment possible and provide environmentally responsible recycling to our members,” says Jim Lynch, electronics recycling/reuse director at TechSoup Global. “We absolutely need our refurbished IT equipment to be as dependable as new PCs.”

RIOS is a management system designed to improve the productivity and efficiency of operations and serves as an alternative to the combination of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. To earn RIOS certification, PCRR underwent a third-party audit to verify compliance with quality, environmental, health and safety standards.

“As an industry leader in computer refurbishing, PCRR’s RIOS certification showcases the importance of certification for all electronics recyclers, including those focused on refurbishment,” says Robin Wiener, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI), administer of the RIOS program. “R2/RIOS certification proves that a facility is committed to the highest standard of responsible business practices.”