RIOS:2016 to be released in November

The Global Recycling Standards Organization, the home of RIOS (Recycling Industry Operating Standard), has released RIOS:2016 as of 1 November 2016.

Designed specifically for the recycling industry, RIOS:2016 integrates best practices in quality, environment and health and safety management systems into one single certification program. The new standard includes updated terminology, stronger requirements around health and safety and greater focus on the needs of the global recycling industry, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, the association that developed the standard.

In conjunction with the release of RIOS:2016, the Global Recycling Standards Organization also has announced a change to its membership dues that it says will make RIOS more accessible to the entire recycling industry. The new pricing structure decreases the standard membership rate by nearly 40% and provides greater incentive to companies to implement and pursue certification at all of their locations, according to the Global Recycling Standards Organization. The new pricing structure ranges from the standard rate of $2,500 for the first facility certified ($1,250 for the first affiliated association, nonprofit and governmental facility certified) to $1,000 ($500) per facility if 11 or more are certified by the same organisation.

“Recyclers all over the world are dedicated to providing their employees with safe workplaces and being environmentally responsible members of the community,” says Darrell Kendall, executive director of RIOS. “RIOS:2016, through its requirements and the changes that it will foster in facilities all over the world, is the tool that can help the industry take the next step.”

Licensed copies of the RIOS:2016 Standard were sent to all active RIOS members 1 November.

The updated membership pricing takes effect immediately for new members of RIOS and will be reflected in the 2017 membership renewal process for current members.