CHICAGO, April 18, 2013 – PC Rebuilders & Recyclers (PCRR), a leading electronics refurbisher, announces it has achieved RIOS™ certification, now making it an R2/RIOS™ certified electronics recycler. R2/RIOS™, a mark of excellence for electronics recyclers, demonstrates a facility’s commitment to operating at the highest industry standards for quality production, environmental protections, health and safety.
PCRR is an electronics recycler that primarily focuses on the reuse of used computing
equipment. As a Microsoft® Authorized Refurbisher based in Chicago, PCRR is the largest
computer refurbisher in Illinois and one of the largest in the country. PCRR achieved RIOS™ certification in February 2013, and has been R2 certified since January 2012. PCRR sought RIOS™ certification after realizing the additional value in a comprehensive quality, environment, health and safety management system.
“We implemented the RIOS™ management system because it is the right thing to do for our employees, customers and the environment,” said 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.”
“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,” said Jim Lynch, Electronics Recycling/Reuse director at TechSoup Global. “We
absolutely need our refurbished IT equipment to be as dependable as new PCs.” 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
across the U.S.
RIOS™ is a robust management system that improves 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,” said Robin Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), who administers the RIOS™ program. “R2/RIOS™ certification proves that a facility is committed to the highest standard of responsible business practices.”
R2/RIOS™ certified recycling facilities have experienced significant positive results, including new business opportunities, improved employee retention and increased bottom line. For additional information on R2/RIOS™ certification, visit CertifyMe.
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R2/RIOS™ certification is a combination of the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS™) and the Responsible Recycling (R2) practices – two industry-specific standards that provide electronics recyclers an efficient operations management system that also meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Safe and responsible handling of electronics is emphasized through the “reuse and recycle” methodology. Additionally, R2/RIOS™ ensures consumer safety and protection from identity theft by requiring thorough data destruction and a documented sourcing chain.
About PC Rebuilders & Recyclers
Founded in 2000, PC Rebuilders & Recyclers (PCRR) has a two-fold purpose of bridging the digital divide and supporting environmental responsibility through the refreshment of prematurely retired computer systems. PCRR refurbishes and upgrades equipment with genuine Microsoft® software, keeping current with technology standards. As a Microsoft® Authorized Refurbisher (MAR), PCRR offers a complete refurbished computer system as a cost-effective alternative to new equipment. For more information, visit www.pcrr.com, or call (800) 939-6000.