R2: 2013 Focus Materials

Focus Materials
“Focus Materials”, also referred to as “FMs”, are materials in end-of-life electronic equipment that warrant greater care during recycling, refurbishing, materials recovery, energy recovery, incineration, and/or disposal due to their toxicity or other potential adverse worker health and safety, public health, or environmental effects that can arise if the materials are managed without appropriate safeguards.

Focus Materials contain:

  1. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), or
  2. Mercury
  3. CRT glass, except for glass with lead content less than 5 parts per million, and clean of phosphors,CRT fines, coatings, and frit, or
  4. Batteries, or
  5. Whole or shredded circuit boards, except for whole and shredded circuit boards that do not
    contain lead solder, and have undergone safe and effective mechanical processing, or manual
    dismantling, to remove mercury and batteries. Equipment, components, or materials (whole or shredded) that have undergone safe and effective mechanical processing or manual dismantling to remove FMs, yet still retain de minimus amounts of FMs, are not subject to the R2:2013 requirements that are triggered by the presence of FMs.