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Wide world of plastics recycling

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:54
Wide world of plastics recycling

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

July 10, 2014

According to one plastics recycling industry official in China, the country's scrap plastics imports fell by 11.2 percent last year. That development and others are in our global roundup.

According to a member of the China Scrap Plastics Association, the Asian nation saw its volume of plastics imports fall 11.2 percent in 2013, a year that was defined by the Operation Green Fence customs crackdown. In 2012, the trade association says, China imported around 8.8 million metric tons of scrap plastics, and that number dropped to roughly 7.89 million metric tons last year.

Government officials in the European Union last week proposed raising the recycling rate goal for all member countries to 70 percent by 2030 — with a special 80 percent recycling rate goal for packaging. Leaders have also mentioned a landfill ban on recyclables materials by 2025.

In conjunction with the Frank PR firm, the U.K.'s National Plastics Recycling Initiative is developing a campaign called Umbrella, which aims to offer toolkits retailers and municipalities to help them boost recovery of recyclable plastics. The National Plastics Recycling Coalition is backed by Recoup, Coca-Cola, Nestle Waters and others.

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Patent watch

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:51
Patent watch

July 10, 2014

Patent No. 8,763,941, which describes a plastic beverage container shredder housed in a bottle-shaped housing, was awarded to Lawrence V. Beck, Jr. from Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

A team of Japanese researchers, led by Tatsuya Hase from Yokkaichi, were given Patent No. 8,765,879 for a method of making molded products from a recycled polyester resin.

The Procter & Gamble Company, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded Patent No. 8,766,032 for a method of recycling superabsorbent polymer articles.

Encell Composites, LLC, from Naples, Florida, was given Patent Application No. 20140175185, which describes a method for making thermoset composite materials from recycled rubber.

Patent Application No. 20140175198 was awarded to Pasadena, California's Avery Dennison Corporation for a method of recycling materials that have a label and/or adhesive attached.

A method for removing labels from plastic containers for recycling is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140183078, given to Tim and Connie Newton from Lamoni, Iowa.

For more information on these or any patents, please consult the U.S. Patent Office database online.

Copies of patents can be ordered by number for $3 each from the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA, 22313-1450.

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Philly recycling initiatives yield results

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:48
Philly recycling initiatives yield results

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

July 10, 2014

The City of Brotherly Love has over the past five years seen significant progress in its push to send fewer plastics and other recyclable materials to landfills.

The municipality's waste diversion rate, one of 14 targets in Philadelphia's Greenworks initiative, has increased from 53 percent in 2008 to 73 percent in 2012, a new progress report shows. In 2012, the latest year for which complete data is available, the city surpassed a 2015 goal of reaching a 70 percent diversion rate. It's the second straight year the city has achieved that feat.

Philadelphia's overall recycling rate, which includes both residential and commercial sources, reached 50 percent in 2012. At the same time, 23 percent of the city's refuse went to waste-to-energy facilities — those two percentages together create the 73 percent waste diversion figure.

Still, the city's residential recycling rate for 2012 came in at 21 percent.

When it comes to construction and demolition debris, however, Philadelphia's recycling and reuse rate is 80 percent, according to the progress report.

The city has been active in promoting recycling. In 2010, Philadelphia began accepting plastics Nos. 1-7, and in 2013 more than 60,000 new recycling bins were provided by the Philadelphia Streets Department. In addition, a total of 2,000 desk-side recycling bins have been distributed to local businesses. And the city recently renewed its partnership with the Recyclebank recycling incentive program.

Note: An earlier version of this story compared Phildelphia's curbside recycling rate (21 percent) with the national recycling rate (about 34 percent).  This comparison is not wholly appropriate as the national recycling rate includes composting totals.

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NewsBits

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:44
NewsBits

July 10, 2014

Supermarket chain Kroger has released its eighth annual sustainability report and plastics appears to be a primary focus of the companyas it aims to earn "zero waste" distinction. A total of 57 million reusable plastic containers," or RPCs, were shipped by the company in 2013. In addition, 5 million pounds of grocery and dry cleaning bags were collected and 8 million reusable bags were sold or handed out during the year.

Iowa is going from bags to benches through its grocery store-led "Build with Bags" program. With cooperation from various groups, including Keep Iowa Beautiful, a coalition of in-state grocers is making park benches and other public space staples out of thousands upon thousands of plastic bags collected through residential and in-store bag programs.

The Carpet America Recovery Effort has issued a request for proposals for the group's University PET Project. The project will look to provide $500,000 in funding to a university research project able to come up with viable and legitimate end-uses for PET recovered from recycled carpets. Applicants have until Sept. 30 to apply and the winning project will commence work by 2016.


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NCER again wins Oregon e-scrap contractor bid

E-Scrap News Magazine - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:53
NCER again wins Oregon e-scrap contractor bid

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 9, 2014

The National Center for Electronics Recycling will continue to manage collection for the state-run segment of Oregon's e-scrap program.

State officials last month announced their decision to stay with West Virginia-based NCER through 2018. Since 2008, the nonprofit organization has managed and maintained the state contractor program, which caters primarily to smaller manufacturers that choose not to cover collection quotas on their own or alongside other OEMs. The state contractor program is sometimes referred to as the fallback option.

"NCER is very excited to continue working with Oregon DEQ," Jason Linnell, NCER's executive director, said. "For the past six years, the NCER-managed contractor program has provided convenient electronics collection for Oregonians with rigorous environmental standards for recycling, all while providing a cost-effective solution for manufacturers."

In its management role in Oregon, NCER coordinates collection, transportation and recycling services for end-of-life TVs, monitors and computers. Starting in 2015, keyboards and other "computer peripherals" will also be included in the program.

Oregon's e-scrap law mandates free and convenient electronics recycling options for households as well as businesses and nonprofit groups that have 10 or fewer employees.

Aside from leading the Oregon state contractor law, NCER is involved in a number of data collection and research projects focused on e-scrap management.

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E-Scrap 2014: A big-picture look

E-Scrap News Magazine - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:51
E-Scrap 2014: A big-picture look

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 9, 2014

We all know the major trends that are quickly re-shaping the e-scrap industry. Think processor consolidation, CRT glass struggles and the possibility of material export regulations.

But understanding exactly how those developments intertwine and shape market opportunities can be a bit mind-boggling. E-Scrap 2014 will be bringing the top minds in the sector together to explore the issues and offer attendees an illuminating big-picture look at electronics recycling.

Make your plans now to head to the one-of-a-kind conference this October. The educational sessions, networking events, bustling trade show and collection of ancillary meetings will give you a textured understanding of how the industry is developing — and where your business fits in.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Orlando's Rosen Shingle Creek. The 2013 conference saw more than 1,300 attendees and 125 exhibiting companies, so plan now to secure your spot at this fall's conference. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.

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Tablets aren't yet completely replacing PCs

E-Scrap News Magazine - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:45
Tablets aren't yet completely replacing PCs

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 9, 2014

The global PC market still faces an overall decline in shipments for 2014, but things are looking brighter than they did at the beginning of the year.

The latest PC shipment data released by technology market research firm Gartner shows overall PC shipments in 2014 are on pace to come in at almost 309 million units. While down from last year's total of roughly 318 million units, the decline this year has been less severe than expected, contracting just 2.9 percent. For comparison, shipments during 2013 were down 9.5 percent from 2012.

"2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe."

Tracking PC and electronics shipments helps provide a broad picture of what future e-scrap streams will look like — recent statistics suggest it will be increasingly populated by the personal computer's biggest challenger, the tablet, but the tablet transition doesn't seem to be unfolding as quickly as some analysts had predicted.

Tablet shipments are expecting to experience growth in 2014, Gartner says, though not as rapid as initially expected. Almost 207 million units were shipped in 2013; 256 million are expected to ship in 2014.

Tablet shipments aren't expected to overtake overall PC shipments until next year. Almost 321 million tablets will be shipped in 2015, estimates suggest, while just over 316 million PCs will ship during the year.

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Motorola regresses on collection, recycling

E-Scrap News Magazine - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:38
Motorola regresses on collection, recycling

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 9, 2014

The maker of the world's first razor-thin phone appears to have hit a wall when it comes to increasing e-scrap collection tonnages.

In 2013, Motorola Solutions collected less than 700 tons, equal to 2012's total. In 2011, however, the company managed to collect almost twice as much — 1,160 tons — through mandated, voluntary and internal collection efforts. The latest figures were noted in the company's 2013 sustainability report, issued last week.

In addition, Motorola admits it is falling short when it comes to increasing recycling of waste generated at its manufacturing facilities and office spaces. The company has a goal of achieving a 90 percent recycling rate by 2015 and readily acknowledges it may not be reached.

"We are currently not on track to reach our 2015 recycling rate goal. … We will continue to implement measures to improve recycling and recovery rates across all our facilities in an effort to reach out target," the report reads.

After recycling 75 percent of its manufacturing and office waste in 2011, the company recycled 71 percent in 2012 and just 68 percent in 2013.

Waste generation has, however, decreased since 2011. In 2011, the company produced more than 9,600 tons of waste, a total that was cut substantially in 2013, when just under 6,300 tons of waste was produced.

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Certification scorecard

E-Scrap News Magazine - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:35
Certification scorecard

July 9, 2014

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a roundup of the firms announcing certification this past week.

Goodwill Industries of Denver is now certified to the ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 standards.

E-Scrap News has added OHSAS 18001 and NAID AAA into its certification directory, as well as moved the directory online. If your firm recently completed these certifications, a CHWMEG audit or an ISO 9001, ISO 14001, R2, RIOS or e-Stewards certification, e-mail dleif@resource-recycling.com to be included in this section and in E-Scrap News' directory. The full directory is available at www.tinyurl.com/Certified-E-scrap.

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NewsBits

E-Scrap News Magazine - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:33
NewsBits

July 9, 2014

California startup BlueOak Resources is the subject of a feature-length article on the Fortune magazine website. With $35 million in investments and support from Al Gore, BlueOak is in the process of building an "urban mining" refinery in the small town of Osceola, Arkansas. The operation is the first of what the company hopes will be multiple "mini-refineries" that recover valuable metals from end-of-life electronics.

Apple has lowered the maximum trade-in payout offered for the latest iPhone to $225. The company had been offering up to $270 for mint condition iPhone 5S' as part of its U.S. and Canadian "Reuse and Recycling Program" and did not provide a reasoning for the move to a lower sum. For comparison, Gazelle, the Boston-based trade-in, reuse and recycling firm, offers up to $360 for a 64 GB iPhone 5S.

Dell's director of compliance, Jean Cox Kearns, recently participated in a Q-and-A with The Guardian and explained a bit about the hardware manufacturer's philosophy when it comes to developing e-scrap processing capabilities in developing nations. Among the topics discussed were the economic repercussions that can come from national policies to refuse to accept exported e-scrap and the nuances of bringing safer practices into informal processing sectors.

The latest e-scrap collection figures out of Washington point to increasing tonnages after a somewhat slow start to the year. The month of June brought in 4.39 million pounds of electronics and increased year-to-date totals to 21.92 million pounds. That's just slightly lower than the total volume collected through the first half of 2013.

E-scrap has been a focus of waste management plans in the City of Brotherly Love, a recently released sustainability report indicates. Philadelphia hosted eight collection events in 2013 to complement three permanent drop-off sites — those initiatives helped the city increase e-scrap collection tonnages by 32 percent in 2013.

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EU leaders float 70 percent recycling rate goal

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:23
EU leaders float 70 percent recycling rate goal

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 8, 2014

The European Union may be set to raise the bar when it comes to its already ambitious recycling targets.

Government representatives last week proposed raising the recycling rate goal for all member countries to 70 percent by 2030 — with a special 80 percent recycling rate goal for packaging. Leaders have also mentioned a landfill ban on recyclables materials by 2025.

At present, EU member countries are aiming to each recycle 50 percent of waste annually by 2020. The closest any country has come to that mark is Germany, with a 47 percent recycling rate in 2012. At the other end of the spectrum, Romania reported landfilling 99 percent of its municipal solid waste in 2012.

Collectively, EU member countries recycled 27 percent of overall waste in 2012, recent statistics show.

In addition, about 15 percent of EU member country waste is composted. The rest is either incinerated (24 percent) or landfilled (34 percent).

Some stakeholders in the U.K. recently suggested current recycling goals won't be met, despite industry efforts. SITA UK CEO David Palmer-Jones told Resource Recycling in late May that green fatigue had begun to set in throughout the U.K., making 2020 goals largely out of reach.

"In the past year the rate has leveled off and the analysis we have carried out shows that there is a strong possibility that this trend will continue and we won't make the 50 percent recycling target for 2020 that has been set by Europe," Palmer-Jones stated.

Before any new goals are cemented, the European Parliament and governments throughout the EU will have to approve the new standards.

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Resource Recycling Conference 2014: The Closed Loop Fund

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:20
Resource Recycling Conference 2014: The Closed Loop Fund

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 8, 2014

Backed by Walmart and other corporate heavyweights, the groundbreaking Closed Loop Fund aims to invest $100 million in recycling infrastructure projects and spur private and public funding for transforming the recycling system in the United States.

Recyclebank founder Ron Gonen is leaving his role as New York City's recycling czar to serve as co-founder and CEO of the Fund, and he's coming to the Resource Recycling Conference to talk about the Fund's big plans. Gonen will elaborate on how the Fund will drive recycling to the next level through innovative financing models, explain why infrastructure and scale are necessary to make projects economically feasible, and explore in-depth the link between demand, markets, recycled content and consumer behavior.

Resource Recycling Conference 2014 is taking place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Sept. 15-17. Head to rrconference.com for more information on attending, sponsoring and exhibiting.

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Massachusetts bottle bill "battle lines" drawn

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:17
Massachusetts bottle bill "battle lines" drawn

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 8, 2014

As expected, Massachusetts residents are going to have the final word on whether to expand the state's 33-year old bottle bill, and that may mean a public row between environmentalists and the beverage industry.

A legislative subcommittee had until June 30 to reach a compromise that would appease both proponents and opponents of a bottle bill expansion. Supporters of the expansion wanted the bill to include non-carbonated beverages including water and juices, while opponents wanted the bottle bill scrapped altogether. Neither side budged.

"I’m disappointed we couldn’t get the sides together, but the battle lines are now drawn," said Rep. Randy Hunt to the Boston Globe, one of the members of the subcommittee.

Supporters of expansion have recently finalized efforts to bring the required number of signatures to state officials in an attempt to bring the issue to voters Nov. 4. Approximately 19,000 signatures were presented to the Secretary of State, William Galvin, on July 2, according to a blog post by the Massachusetts Sierra Club.

"The people of Massachusetts have spoken loud and clear, over a number of years, that they want less litter and more recycling," Janet Domenitz, executive director of MASSPIRG, is quoted as saying in the post. "They want the updated bottle bill. In the World Cup of legislation, our elected officials let this goal go right through their legs. We did our best to work through Beacon Hill, now it’s up to the voters."

For the measure to make it to the Nov. 4 ballot, Galvin's office will have to first verify the signatures to the petition. Once accomplished, groups from both sides of the argument are expected to begin a costly public courting period leading up to the vote.

In 2011, expansion advocates cut short a push to put the issue to Massachusetts voters, choosing to try the legislative path instead of engaging in a battle for public support with bottle bill opponents.

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Philly recycling initiatives yield results

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:14
Philly recycling initiatives yield results

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 8, 2014

The City of Brotherly Love has over the past five years seen significant progress in its push to send less material to landfills.

The municipality's waste diversion rate, one of 14 targets in Philadelphia's Greenworks initiative, has increased from 53 percent in 2008 to 73 percent in 2012, a new progress report shows. In 2012, the latest year for which complete data is available, the city surpassed a 2015 goal of reaching a 70 percent diversion rate. It's the second straight year the city has achieved that feat.

Philadelphia's overall recycling rate, which includes both residential and commercial sources, reached 50 percent in 2012. At the same time, 23 percent of the city's refuse went to waste-to-energy facilities — those two percentages together create the 73 percent waste diversion figure.

Still, the city's curbside recycling rate for 2012 came in at 21 percent.

When it comes to construction and demolition debris, however, Philadelphia's recycling and reuse rate is 80 percent, according to the progress report.

The city has been active in promoting recycling. In 2010, Philadelphia began accepting plastics Nos. 1-7, and in 2013 more than 60,000 new recycling bins were provided by the Philadelphia Streets Department. In addition, a total of 2,000 desk-side recycling bins have been distributed to local businesses. And the city recently renewed its partnership with the Recyclebank recycling incentive program.

E-scrap has also been a focus of waste management plans, with the city hosting eight collection events per year and providing three permanent drop-off sites. The progress report included 2013 data for e-scrap collection, and it showed volumes in that realm grew by 32 percent last year.

Note: An earlier version of this story compared Phildelphia's curbside recycling rate (21 percent) with the national recycling rate (about 34 percent).  This comparison is not wholly appropriate as the national recycling rate includes composting totals. 

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Recycled paperboard giant created through purchase

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:11
Recycled paperboard giant created through purchase

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 8, 2014

Caraustar Industries has agreed to buy The Newark Group, thus creating a recycled paperboard firm with 13 mills and 21 recovered paper sorting and packing plants in the U.S.

The combined company will have the capacity to make about 950,000 tons per year of recycled paperboard products. In addition, the new firm will be a major player in the recovered paper trading sector. Caraustar is owned by H.I.G. Capital.

According to RISI, the combined firm will be the second largest producer of uncoated recycled paperboard, just behind Sonoco with a combined market share of 68 percent. Caraustar and The Newark Group each handle about 2 million tons per year of recovered fiber at company-owned packing plants and brokerage offices.

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RISI predicts more declines in recovered paper exports to China

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:09
RISI predicts more declines in recovered paper exports to China

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 8, 2014

A widely recognized expert in Chinese paper recycling trends has concluded that shipments of recovered fiber to that country will gradually decline over the next five years.

Imports by Chinese mills fell about 1.1 million tons last year. Now Hannah Zhao, a senior economist at RISI, concludes that slowing economic growth in China, weakening demand for Chinese paper and paperboard, new governmental regulations and tight recovered paper supplies in Europe, Japan and North America will cause continued sluggishness in the Chinese paper recycling market. This is the principal finding of a new RISI study (subscription required).

An additional reason for predicting that recyclable paper imports by Chinese buyers will fall is that paper collections continue to rise in that vast country. Zhao notes that rising Chinese demand and improved pricing “have stimulated China’s recovered paper collection efforts.” She estimates that Chinese collectors presently bale about 50 million tons per year of recovered paper.


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Wide world of recycling

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:05
Wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

July 8, 2014

A disposable coffee cup that's easily recyclable with other paper materials? A product designer in the U.K. has developed a prototype and hopes to see it rolled out on a widespread scale this year. We detail that story in our global look at the recycling industry.

The "world's first fully recyclable paper cup" is set to hit stores in the U.K. by the end of the year. Up until now, most paper cups used for coffee and other beverages have been made with a plastic laminate that has been notoriously tough to remove during fiber pulping processing — meaning more than 27,000 tons of paper cups head to U.K. landfills each year. The new cup solves that issue by including a thin film liner that can be easily removed, according to its engineer, Martin Myerscough.

Nigeria is set to open what's being called the first fluorescent lamp recycling center in West Africa. A partnership between Go Green Nigeria, Light Up Nigeria and Technical Consumer Products, an American lighting company, the bulb recycling will collect and recycle fluorescent bulbs throughout Nigeria.

A new survey by the European Commission points to growing support among Europeans for pay-as-you-throw recycling programs. More than 40 percent of survey respondents said they are in favor of the tactic, which charges residents based on the volume of material placed at the curb. Feedback from more than 26,000 respondents was used to draw survey conclusions.

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NewsBits

Resource Recycling Magazine - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:03
NewsBits

July 8, 2014

Fort Collins, Colorado reported 64.6 percent of commercial and residential waste was either recycled or composted in 2013. That's a record diversion rate for the city, and officials say it is a result of a municipal program aimed at diverting more waste generated during industrial projects as well as a recent ban on putting cardboard in the trash.

In part to put more of a focus on aluminum recycling efforts, Novelis has sold its foil products business to Reynolds Consumer Products for $33.75 million.

Tampa, Florida-based Accurate Paper Recycling was recently acquired by Atlas Paper Mills, a Miami-based manufacturer of tissue products. Accurate provides recycling services to commercial printers, manufacturing facilities, office buildings and record retention centers.

ReCommunity Recycling has closed a deal that brings the firm its fifth processing operation in New Jersey. North Carolina-based ReCommunity acquired the assets of JFD Associates and assumes control of a facility in Farmingdale, New Jersey.

As it continues a shift in focus from recycled newsprint to recycled cardboard at its mills, paper producer SP Fiber Technologies announced a procurement partnership with GP Harmon (subscription required).

StewardChoice has released a draft plan for a new producer-funded stewardship program for printed paper and packaging in British Columbia. The plan, which is going through a public consultation period before making its way to the province's Ministry of Environment, will start out by providing recycling services to multi-family units currently not serviced by British Columbia's current program, Multi-Material BC.

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What's shaping the certification landscape

E-Scrap News Magazine - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:46
What's shaping the certification landscape

By Jerry Powell, E-Scrap News

July 2, 2014

E-Scrap News maintains the largest database on North American electronics recycling operations. We recently used this resource to analyze the number and types of U.S. facilities that are certified under either the R2 or e-Stewards environmental health and safety standards, and we reached some notable research conclusions.

Widening in scope. A growing number of firms that hold these certifications are companies that focus primarily on logistics or collection, not electronics demanufacturing. These entities fall into categories such as nonprofit organizations; refiners; smelters; office headquarters; equipment liquidators who ship obsolete electronics to others; online phone resellers who do no processing; IT management services that send scrap items to others; toner cartridge reclaimers; battery firms; and trucking companies.

In number, certification does not dominate. When narrowing the review to only those firms that actually process material, we concluded slightly more than 1,500 e-scrap processing facilities are operating in the U.S., and about 37 percent of these sites are certified (24 percent are solely R2 certified, 4 percent are solely e-Stewards compliant and 9 percent hold both certificates).

However, in volume, certification prevails. Our database contains extensive data on many operations, such as annual sales, processing volumes, employment levels and plant size. Using this data subset, we found that the e-scrap processing market is becoming two-tiered when considering certification. Many small processors remain reluctant to spend money on certification. On the other hand, nearly every major processing plant in the U.S. is certified, and a large majority of the volume handled in this country is now moving through certified facilities.

Certification can be highly concentrated geographically. It appears competitive pressures have resulted in numerous processors in specific states becoming certified. For example, certification predominates among processors in both North Carolina and Texas.

Dual certification is a trend. When looking at which plants were certified in 2013 and this year, a large number of sites picked up their second certificate. Industry leaders point out that the cost of attaining the second certification is far cheaper than securing the first certification. Our analysis also shows that many of America’s largest facilities are dual certified.

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Colorado faces tide of old and costly CRTs

E-Scrap News Magazine - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:32
Colorado faces tide of old and costly CRTs

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 2, 2014

With an e-scrap landfill ban in place, Colorado is having trouble redirecting old computers and televisions downstream.

Part of the challenge lies in the state's unique law. Instead of passing extended producer responsibility legislation, Colorado moved to simply ban the practice of bringing old and unwanted electronics to the dump. That has left consumers, not device makers or local communities, responsible for finding recycling outlets.

And when it comes to old cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and computers, consumers are also being asked to shell out as much as a dollar per diagonal inch just to convince recycling firms to take on the material.

"We joke around here that they're the hot potato," Rob Ashcraft of Precision Metals Recovery told the Glenwood Springs Post Independent last week. "At the end of its life, they have to be recycled."

Colorado does not have any CRT final processing operations to rely on in-state, meaning recycling firms send material out of state for final processing. Many thrift stores have started to turn back consumers hoping to drop off CRT computers and televisions and some recycling firms have decided to cut their losses and do the same, according to the Post Independent article.

If televisions and computers are found to be illegally dumped, residents face a maximum potential fine of $1,000 and up to a year in jail.

While no immediate solution appears to be on the horizon, a provision in the disposal ban permits communities "in limited situations" to opt out of the ban, the state website reads.

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