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“Green” is now a wholly identifiable descriptor to our way of life, our product quality, and our business goal setting. We all strive for the best and the most when it comes to “green” concepts and processes. Recycling is no exception to this. As a concept that has been engrained in the societal mainstream for years, recycling is integral in distinguishing one firm from the next in today’s day and age. As such, a revolutionary new standard aimed specifically at scrap recycling corporations is the latest player in providing the best quality, environmental, and health & safety management systems.

Introduced by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), RIOS, or Recycling Industry Operating Standard, integrates Quality, Environmental, and Health & Safety Management systems into one, specifically catering to the scrap recycling industry. As the first of its kind, and most relevant to the recycling industry, RIOS can help scrap recyclers establish successful QEH&S performance, consistently. Without implementing single standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 separately, RIOS creates a simplified, standardized, and consolidated guideline for scrap recyclers. RIOS implementation can generally improve: environmental performance within companies, thus controlling or lowering environmental expenses; quality and thus, consistency of production; as well as safety performance, which can ultimately reduce high costs of insurance and operation.

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