The Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS)

A RIOS Management System is tailored specifically for recyclers with the pursuit improvement to quality, and strive for positive environmental results, and promotion of worker health and safety.  This Management System encourages recyclers to systematically manage risks and pursue opportunities as well as compliance with stakeholder and legal requirements.


The RIOS standard was developed by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in collaboration with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It integrates elements of quality management systems (ISO 9001), environmental management systems (ISO 14001), health and safety management systems (ISO 45001), and regulatory compliance requirements specific to the recycling industry.

The goal of RIOS is to help recycling facilities improve their overall operations and performance by implementing best practices in areas such as environmental stewardship, worker health and safety, regulatory compliance, risk management, and continuous improvement.



By adopting RIOS, recyclers can enhance their management processes, mitigate risks, increase efficiency, and demonstrate their commitment to responsible recycling practices. RIOS certification is achieved through a third-party audit process that verifies compliance with the standard’s requirements.


Overall, RIOS provides a comprehensive framework for recyclers to operate sustainably, comply with regulations, and continuously improve their environmental and safety performance while ensuring the quality of their recycling processes.


A RIOS Management System is also a currently acceptable Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Standards to for Electronic Waste Recyclers to meet the requirements of R2v3. At Berkeley Court we integrate your RIOS (or other Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Management System) into your R2v3 Management System for efficiency in system maintenance and auditing.

Contact Berkeley Court for both stand-alone or integrated RIOS Management System Consulting and auditing.

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