"First developed and introduced in 2004, Electronics Product Stewardship Canada's (EPSC) Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS) has been the basis for electronics recyclers in Canada seeking to demonstrate responsible, safe and environmentally sound recycling practices. Since that time, the ERS has been adopted by each of the industry-led provincial end-of-life electronics (EOLE) recycling programs (SWEEP, ESABC, ACES and OES), as the foundation for recycler assessments and approvals, and it has been revised on several occasions to ensure that it continues to meet the operational needs of the programs while staying current to address the processing developments of the recycling industry and the associated risks.
Most recently, the ERS went under an extensive, year long, review and revision process including public consultations, to refine the auditable criteria to better reflect the programs requirements for approved recyclers, but also to incorporate the ERS into a broader Recycler Qualification Program (RQP) which was designed to facilitate a more efficient and effective audit and approval process. In addition to updating the ERS, in April 2011, the Recycler Qualification Office (RQO) was established in cooperation with the industry-led provincial programs and EPSC to manage all recycler assessments and approvals on behalf of the programs. This national office is intended 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.
Sean DeVries, Environmental Recycling Standard (July 2011)