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New Pricing Structure Announced for the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS)

New pricing model offers greater accessibility for small businesses and nonprofit organizations seeking responsible recycling certification

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Recycling facilities, including non-profit organizations, are now able to become Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™) members at a reduced cost under a more streamlined price model. For the first time, RIOS™ membership is available for a flat annual fee. Beginning immediately, all facilities are eligible for this new cost structure.

These changes are permanent and reflect an ongoing effort to improve industry-wide recycling practices through responsible recycling certification.    RIOS™ certification is a globally accepted quality, environmental, health and safety (QEH&S) management system designed for recyclers, by recyclers.

As the premiere certification for all scrap recyclers, RIOS™ provides assurance that a facility’s operations meet the highest standards in the industry. Additionally, RIOS™ meets the requirement in the R2:2013 Standard for an approved EH&S management system.   

“With the changes to the R2 Standard, this is an ideal time for facilities to enroll in the RIOS™ program to comply with R2:2013 provision,” said RIOS™ Director Darrell Kendall.

“The pricing initiative further raises awareness of the RIOS™ certification while offering recycling facilities of all sizes access to the best standard in the industry.”  

The annual pricing structure follows:
The Discounted Rate for ISRI Members is $1,250 and $1,200 for each additional facility. Non-Profit and Governmental rates are $1,000 and $1,350 for each additional facility. The Standard RIOS™ Rate is $4,200 for the first facility, $3,500 for each additional facility.

The announcement of the new pricing model was made at an educational certification session hosted by ISRI at the annual E-Scrap Conference in Orlando, Fl. RIOS™ will be promoted on the trade show floor at booth #709 during the conference. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the RIOS™ booth to meet the new RIOS™ Director, Darrell Kendall, to spin the RIOS™ trivia wheel and to learn about the “RIOS™ Golden Ticket.”  

To learn more, or to become a RIOS™ member, contact Darrell Kendall at [email protected] or 202-662-8528 or visit  

The Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™) is the recycling industry’s management system standard for quality, environment, health and safety (QEH&S). Specifically designed for the recycling industry, RIOS™ integrates key operational elements found in other standards, such as ISO 9001 (Q), ISO 14001 (E), and OHSAS 18001 (H&S) in one streamlined management system.   

R2/RIOS™ is solely for electronics recyclers to demonstrate to customers that electronics equipment is being recycled with the highest standards for environmental control, data security and worker health and safety. R2/RIOS™ is a combination of the Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices and the Recycling Industry Operating Standards™ (RIOS™). R2 was developed by a broad-based cooperative of electronics recycling stakeholders that included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state governments, manufacturers, recyclers, trade groups and non-governmental organizations.  

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) through the ISRI Services Corporation (ISC), a subsidiary of ISRI, administers the voluntary, fee-based RIOS™ Program. ISC works with the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to develop and maintain credible third-party auditing. ISC provides ongoing support for companies in the RIOS™ and R2/RIOS™ programs.    

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