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A Higher Standard for the Industry

What if you could improve your company's bottom line, increase revenue, reduce business risk and boost your competitive advantage-- all at the same time. The Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS&™), the recycling industry’s management system standard for quality, environment and health & safety (QEH&S) does exactly that.

Specifically designed for the recycling industry, RIOS™; integrates the key operational elements of a robust management system, bringing quality, environmental and health and safety together into one streamlined system.

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Work with a RIOS™ Certified Facility

RIOS™ offers the guidance and necessary tools to comply with industry requirements and federal regulations allowing a recycling facility to stay ahead of market changes. Working with a RIOS™ certified facility means your partners:
  • Meet the highest recycling benchmarks
  • Promote environmentally-sound facility management
  • Enhance corporate responsibility

Connect With Us



    Jun 19, 2018
    Over the past week I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the ISRI Safety and Environmental Council meeting in St. Louis, as well as the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries in Niagara Falls.
  • Not All Material is Created Equal- Why Health & Safety and Environmental Sustainability Matter in Recycling

    Oct 07, 2016
    On National Manufacturing Day, it is important to remember that manufacturing and recycling are a perfect match.
  • RIOS™ at ISRI2016

    Mar 31, 2016
    As the ISRI Convention and Exhibition approaches, RIOS™ staff are busy preparing to ensure that RIOS™ has its biggest presence to date. In addition to a wide range of RIOS™-focused sessions, and some ISRI2016Register.jpgexciting announcements, you will see RIOS™ throughout the entire event.
  • Changing of the Guard on the RIOS™ Board of Directors

    Mar 30, 2016
    I try to avoid writing newsletters in the first person, but this is one of those moments that will be the exception to that rule. When I began at RIOS™ nearly three years ago, one of the first calls that I took was from RIOS™Chairman Rike Sandlin.
  • Facing Challenging Times: How RIOS™ Can Help

    Mar 29, 2016
    By now, there is no one associated with the recycling industry that hasn't been negatively affected by low commodity prices, or the unpredictability associated with those prices. From facilities, to equipment providers, everyone shares the burden
  • Raising the Bar: Why the Standard is Being Revised

    Mar 28, 2016
    By now you have seen many references to the RIOS™ revision. We have sought your feedback, and now we are beginning to provide educational programming so that you, the implementers, are prepared for what's coming.
  • E- Scrap 2015 Review

    Mar 25, 2016
    The E-Scrap 2015 convention in Orlando kicked off on September 1, with more than 1,200 attendees and exhibitors from 39 countries.