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The Recycler Qualification Office (RQO) was established in cooperation with EPSC and the industry-led provincial end-of-life electronics (EOLE) programs to manage all recycler assessments and approvals on behalf of the programs.
This national office was designed to provide a streamlined application and approval process for perspective primary recyclers, while undertaking recycler assessments in a timely manner, with detailed, thorough, and objective results.
RECYCLER QUALIFICATION OFFICE
THE RECYCLER QUALIFICATION PROGRAM (RQP)
The RQP is an eight part publication that defines the minimum requirements for recyclers of EOLE materials as well as the process for assessing and approving recyclers to ensure that material is handled in an environmentally sound and socially acceptable manner that protects the environment and safeguards worker health and safety.
A complete copy of the Recycler Qualification Program 2010, including the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS) is available for download:
Recyclers seeking to be approved for use under any of the industry-led provincial electronics programs can initiate an assessment under the RQP by completing the Recycler Application Form and submitting to the RQO. Prior to submitting an application to the RQO, it is recommended that the recycler complete a gap analysis to the RQP 2010, to ensure that all requirements have been appropriately addressed. An Audit Checklist has been prepared to assist recyclers in this process.
The RQP is comprised of the following parts:
Part A Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS):
Defines the minimum requirements for handling EOLE and materials for the Primary and all Downstream Recyclers until each material reaches the point of final disposition. The ERS includes environmental, occupational health and safety, and material handling requirements that are the auditable criteria that Recycler assessments and approvals are based upon. Recyclers are responsible for maintaining objective evidence of conformance to all requirements of the ERS.
Part B Implementation Guide:
Supplements the ERS by providing guidance to both Recyclers and ERS Auditors on the application of the elements of the ERS and also provides resources on some of the key environmental, health and safety issues associated with handling and processing EOLE. Not all examples provided in the Implementation Guide will be applicable to all organizations. However, where applicable, the Implementation Guide defines the minimum best practices required. If a Recycler chooses to implement an element other than defined in the Implementation Guide, the Recycler must demonstrate that the alternative measures provide an equivalent level of control.
Part C Recycler Assessment and Approval Process:
Defines the steps for initiating and conducting Recycler assessments under the RQP and also outlines the communication protocols between the Stewardship Program, ERS Auditor, Primary and Downstream Recyclers.
Part D Ongoing Recycler Surveillance and Re-verification:
Defines the processes for the ongoing monitoring and surveillance of approved Recyclers to ensure their continuing ability to meet the requirements of the ERS, and includes: the steps to request changes to an approved process; Recycler reporting and spot audit requirements; and the re-verification process to maintain recognition under the RQP following the initial approval phase.
Part E Audit Protocols:
Defines the criteria for classifying audit findings, and communicating audit results to the auditee and the Stewardship Program.
Part F Approved Recycler Recognition:
Defines the framework for recognizing Recyclers that are audited and approved for use under the Stewardship Program.
Part G Terms and Definitions:
A glossary of acronyms and key terminology.
Part H Forms:
• Recycler Application Form
• Audit Report Form