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Plasticity Forum explores smarter plastics possibilities

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:57
Plasticity Forum explores smarter plastics possibilities

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

June 17, 2015

More than 80 people gathered in Cascais, Portugal to attend the Plasticity Forum, an annual event focused on upstream solutions to the environmental problems caused by plastics.

The forum, held June 8-9, was organized by the nonprofit organization Ocean Recovery Alliance.

The event aimed to highlight "solutions for a world where plastic is used but without its current footprint," Ocean Recovery Alliance and Plasticity founder Doug Woodring stated in a press release.

This year's forum focused on "Designing for Circularity, and Opportunities in Action that Now Need Scale."

Keynote addresses were delivered by Steve Russell, vice president of the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division; Andrew Morlet, CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation; and Mike Biddle, founder and president of MBA Polymers.

The forum was first launched in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro and has since been held in New York and Hong Kong.

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PetroChem Wire: Recycled PS pellet prices soften

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:57
PetroChem Wire: Recycled PS pellet prices soften

June 17, 2015

Prices for recycled high-impact polystyrene and general-purpose polystyrene pellets fell in early June in response to weaker prime polystyrene prices.

In mid-June, HIPS white pellet was offered at 71 cents per pound and sold at 70 cents per pound FOB East Coast. Black HIPS pellet was offered at 67 cents per pound, FOB East Coast. Both were down 2 cents per pound from the beginning of June.

GPPS clear pellets, meanwhile, were 52 to 53 cents per pound, with GPPS white pellets at 50 to 52 cents per pound, also 2 cents per pound lower than prices at the start of the month.

In the prime polystyrene market, prices have been lowered 3 to 5 cents per pound in June in response to falling benzene costs.

For a free trial to the Repro/Regrind Resin Report or to see sample issues of all PCW reports visit the PetroChem Wire website at www.petrochemwire.com. You can also contact Cindy Bryan at cindy@petrochemwire.com or (713) 385-1407.

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Wide world of plastics recycling

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:57
Wide world of plastics recycling

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

June 17, 2015

A PET recycling center has opened its doors in South Africa, and officials in a state in Australia are actively considering a ban on plastic grocery bags.

A PET recycling facility in South Africa has opened, making the country the first in Africa to use recycled PET in Coca-Cola beverage containers. According to Recycling International, the $6 million facility will aim to produce more than 15,000 tons of recovered material a year to make new containers.

As talk of a national container deposit program heats up, the Australian state of Queensland is also looking into banning plastics bags. According to proponents of the ban, such action would help reduce litter and marine debris, which is 40 percent higher in Queensland than in any other state.

The EcoWaste Coalition is urging customs officials in Manilla to reveal the contents of 48 containers recently seized for containing trash. The containers, which were supposed to contain plastic scraps, have been tied to a Canadian exporter previously accused of sending trash labeled as plastic scrap to the Philippines.

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Patent watch

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:57
Patent watch

June 17, 2015

Wojciech Najman, from Skarzysko-Kamienna, Poland, was awarded Patent No. 9,006,505, which describes a system for processing waste plastics to oil or fuel.

An optical sortation device is the subject of Patent No. 9,006,599, given to Hasselt, Belgium's Visys.

Patent No. 9,011,740, which describes a method of recycling synthetic turf into infill material, was awarded to Dalton, Ga.'s Textile Management Associates, Inc.

Barrie, Ontario's Busch Systems International, Inc. developed a novel recycling collection container and was given Patent No. D727,584.

A method of making a composite plastic from different types of scrap resins is the subject of Patent No. 9,022,306, given to Montrose, W.V.'s David D. B. Rice.

Another method of making composite plastic materials from scrap resins was developed by Global Recycle Solutions, Inc. from Mill Creek, Wash. and awarded Patent No. 9,028,731.

Escanaffles, Belgium's Futerro S.A. was given Patent No. 9,040,614, which also describes manufacturing composite plastics from recovered scrap plastics.

Patent No. 9,033,421 describes a chair made from recycled plastics and was given to Formway Furniture Limited, headquartered in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

Shiun Jiug Industrial Co., Ltd., from Changhua County, Taiwan, was awarded Patent No. 9,034,227, which describes manufacturing foamed plastic goods out of recovered scrap plastic materials.

For more information on these or any patents, please consult the U.S. Patent Office database at patft.uspto.gov.

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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NewsBits from Plastics Recycling Update

Plastics Recycling Update Magazine - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:56
NewsBits

June 17, 2015

The Packaging Consortium has released a study that suggests single-serve coffee pods "may be a better choice" than traditionally brewed coffee when it comes to the well-being of the environment. According to the study, which was conducted by Quantis Canada, traditionally brewed coffee ends up producing more waste and expends more energy despite the fact that coffee pods in use today are not recyclable.

Faced with lower-than-expected participation rates in Detroit's subscription-based curbside recycling program, a city organization has launched a program to help lower-income residents sign up. The group, Green Living Science, is gathering funds to cover the costs associated with starting service – $25 per household – and is hoping the effort will result in greater participation citywide.

An op-ed published by the Montreal Gazette takes aim at the city's proposal to ban plastic bags. According to the editorial, written by longtime industry member Terry Browitt, Montreal has no need for a ban. Browitt claims 82 percent "of the bags available for recycling" are being recycled while 87 percent of bags get reused by Montreal residents. Montreal's mayor, Denis Coderre, has come out in support of the ban as a way to reduce litter.

 

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Walmart's Kaplan joins Closed Loop Fund

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:15
Walmart's Kaplan joins Closed Loop Fund

By Bobby Elliott, Resource Recycling

June 16, 2015

Sustainability executive Rob Kaplan has left Walmart for the Closed Loop Fund, an organization the retail giant helped birth.

The move, announced last week by Kaplan, will make him managing director of the New York-based Closed Loop Fund. The Fund, which Walmart has helped launch and support, is aiming to offer zero-interest loans to support recycling efforts by communities and private companies.

Kaplan was director of product sustainability at Walmart. In a statement to Resource Recycling, he stressed the potential to drive recycling progress in the U.S. through his new employer.

"The Closed Loop Fund is at the forefront of driving business and societal value through the circular economy, impact investing, and environmental sustainability – all significant trends," said Kaplan. "If we are going to solve the challenges facing our society and future generations, we need to deliver innovation across all of them. I'm thrilled to be part of the team to help build this platform for change and can't wait to get started."

Backed by funding from Walmart and eight other large consumer product and packaging companies, the Fund was created in April 2014. It has been described as a push by the companies to increase supply of recycled content and combat "stagnant" recycling rates. The group says on its website it is aiming "to invest $100 million over the next five years" to jumpstart recycling systems across the U.S.

The Fund expects to announce the first of its projects this summer, CEO Ron Gonen stated at this month's Waste Expo conference.

During a four-year tenure at Walmart that eventually landed him as the company's sustainability director, Kaplan became a well-known industry member and recycling advocate. He spoke often of the company's goals to push recycled content usage and the broader value of recycling nationwide.

"We've turned our waste streams into profit centers," Kaplan said at Resource Recycling Conference 2014, "and cities can do that too."

Under Kaplan's watch, the company most recently launched a sustainable products section of its website, allowing shoppers to choose from a selection of "green" products, some of which contain recycled content.

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Aluminum can recycling rate reaches 56.7 percent

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:15
Aluminum can recycling rate reaches 56.7 percent

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

June 16, 2015

The recycling rate for aluminum cans reached its highest level in 17 years, although an estimated $800 million worth of the metal is still landfilled each year.

That's according to a report by The Aluminum Association and the Can Manufacturers Institute examining 2014 performance indicators for aluminum beverage container recycling.

The consumer recycling rate reached 56.7 percent in 2014, compared to the 54.9 percent rate in 2013. It was the highest rate since 1997.

An estimated 59.3 billion cans were recycled. At the same time, roughly 37.6 billion cans were landfilled, according to the report.

"These landfilled cans, which could otherwise have been recycled and made into new cans, have a significant negative impact on the environment through wasted energy and on the economy through lost jobs," the report states.

At the same time, the cans have an average higher percentage of recycled content than they did in the past. In 2014, a survey of association members showed an average recycled content of 70 percent. Of that, 43 percentage points are post-consumer scrap and 27 percentage points are post-industrial scrap, according to the report.

The Aluminum Association conducts a survey of recycled content every four or five years. Figures for 2007 showed average recycled content of 68 percent. The association surveyed five main producers of can sheet: Alcoa, Logan, Novelis, Tri-Arrows and Wise. Novelis, in particular, has made news with its high-recycled-content beverage container, Evercan, which boasts at least 90 percent recycled content.

At the same time, aluminum stats continue to be affected by product lightweighting. More containers must be collected to yield the same weight of scrap recovered in years past. In 2014, the average can weighed 12.99 grams, a 38 percent weight reduction from 1971, when the Aluminum Association began reporting average weights.

The Aluminum Association's consumer recycling rate compares domestic can recycling to cans shipped in the U.S. Its industry recycling rate, which includes imported scrap and exported cans, was calculated at 66.5 percent in 2014.

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Resource Recycling Conference 2015: A networking hotbed

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:14
Resource Recycling Conference 2015: A networking hotbed

June 16, 2015

"This was the best networking conference I've ever attended." That was the feedback offered from one industry executive at the close of last year's Resource Recycling Conference, and the upcoming edition will offer the same opportunities for key connections.

The 2015 Resource Recycling Conference, taking place in Indianapolis in September, will be attracting top industry decision-makers for a full slate of education sessions as well as a number of co-located events, including the National Recycling Coalition's annual members meeting and workshops being produced by The Recycling Partnership. The array of programming geared to leading recycling executives and officials simply cannot be found at any other North American recycling gathering.

If you want your municipality or firm to be part of the conversations shaping the future of materials diversion and sustainability, mark your calendar now for Resource Recycling Conference 2015.

Resource Recycling Conference 2015 is scheduled for Sept. 28-30, 2015 at the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis. Head to rrconference.com for all the information on attending, exhibiting and sponsoring.

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And the Emmy goes to … bottle recycling?

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:14
And the Emmy goes to … bottle recycling?

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

June 16, 2015

A six-and-a-half-minute report walking viewers through plastic beverage container recycling has been nominated for a Los Angeles-area Emmy Award.

The feature is called "Bottle-to-Bottle: The Future of Recycling?" It walks viewers through how CarbonLITE Industries' Riverside, Calif. facility recycles PET beverage containers into food-grade pellets used to make new containers.

Leon Farahnik, co-founder and chairman of CarbonLITE, provided the tour of the $60 million facility, which processes more than 2 billion containers each year. Most containers come from deposit redemption centers.

Susan Collins, executive director of the Container Recycling Institute, also makes an appearance in the report, arguing that bottle bills improve the recovery of containers.

"The states that have the programs that cover the whole state … within a couple of years, they see recycling rates in the 80 percent range," Collins said.

The piece was created by SoCal Connected, a program on KCET.

The Television Academy announced on June 4 a total of 156 nominations in 46 categories for the 67th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. KCET snagged a total of 12 nominations.

The winners will be announced on July 25.

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Wide world of recycling

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:13
Wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

June 16, 2015

Waste management companies in the U.K. want local government to share in the financial risk of recycling, and a PET recycling plant in South Africa is the first in Africa producing recovered material for use in Coca-Cola containers.

Peru's relatively new national recycling program is being touted as a model for other South American countries to follow. The program's goal is to collect materials from 5 percent of homes in 250 districts in major cities. Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Bolivia are eyeing the program.

The U.K.'s waste management companies say they want local governments to assume more of the risk of low commodity values, according to letsrecycle.com. Historically, many contracts have had the companies pay the authorities to offset their collection costs and then companies would sell the commodities on the open market. But with the current low materials values, businesses are taking a hit when they try to sell the materials.

The European Commission is seeking public comment to inform its next legislative efforts to bolster waste reduction, reuse and recycling. The period to provide comment on for a new circular economy package ends Aug. 20. The commission aims to unveil its revamped circular economy package in late 2015.

A PET recycling facility in South Africa has opened, making the country the first in Africa to use recycled PET in Coca-Cola beverage containers. According to Recycling International, the $6 million facility will aim to produce more than 15,000 tons of recovered material a year to make new containers.

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NewsBits from Resource Recycling

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:12
NewsBits

June 16, 2015

Executives at Pratt Industries say the company remains on schedule to open its 450,000-ton-per-year recycled paperboard mill in Valparaiso, Ind. this October. The mill is adjacent to a company-owned box plant, which is the largest such facility in North America.

Chicago's inspector general has released a report pointing to widespread disposal of construction and demolition debris (C&D) at unpermitted disposal sites. First reported by the Chicago-Sun Times, the report notes the dumping practices "may extend to hazardous waste" and recommends improving city monitoring of C&D disposal practices.

A deep-pocketed Quebec nonprofit organization has decided to invest $40 million in upgrading the Canadian province's glass recycling plants. The group, Éco Entreprises Québec, says the funds will go toward improving sortation systems to increase recovery of glass containers and bottles.

As part of a contract with hauler Progressive Waste Solutions, the city of Baton Rouge, La. will no longer allow residents to include glass in their recycling bins and carts. The change is the latest in a string of instances of cities opting to remove glass from curbside programs.

Faced with lower-than-expected participation rates in Detroit's subscription-based curbside recycling program, a city organization has launched a program to help lower-income residents sign up. The group, Green Living Science, is gathering funds to cover the costs associated with starting service – $25 per household – and is hoping the effort will result in greater participation citywide.

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Industry and supplier news

Resource Recycling Magazine - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:11
Industry and supplier news

June 16, 2015

AMUT has partnered with Italy's University of Pisa to work on researching plastic materials processing. The aim is to develop and test new polymers that are produced from renewable sources and recycled materials. For more, click here.

On-board truck scale maker Creative Microsystems has launched a LoadMan website that's optimized for mobile phones and includes an online store for parts and accessories as well as other features. For more, click here.

Fibertech has opened a 45,000-square-foot expansion of its Elberfeld, Ind. location. The company makes industrial containers and carts for materials storage. It also recycles a variety of industrial plastic products into new products. For more, click here.

Industrial Magnetics has announced plans to build a 16,000-square-foot addition to the Boyne City, Mich. company's headquarters. The company makes magnetic products for separating and moving metal materials. For more, click here.

SUEZ Environnement North America has opened a corporate office in Paramus, N.J. Among other services, the company collects and processes 55,000 tons of recyclable materials each year. For more, click here.

XeroWaste Solutions is now an accredited reseller of GMT CLEAR waste management software, which aims to help increase efficiencies for recycling and other waste-management functions. XeroWaste Solutions is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more, click here.

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Illinois set to boost e-scrap targets

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:35
Illinois set to boost e-scrap targets

By Jared Paben, E-Scrap News

June 11, 2015

Illinois is set to put a legislative Band-Aid on the state's e-scrap program, requiring electronics manufacturers to collect and recycle more material in coming years.

Passed unanimously by both the state House of Representatives and Senate, HB 1455 would require manufacturers to collect and recycle a combined 23,300 tons of e-scrap in 2015 and 24,800 tons in 2016 and 2017.

That's up from the 21,102 tons they were required to manage in 2014. The 2014 target decreased from the year before, and, without the legislation, the number would drop again this year, to 18,426 tons. Such decreases have occurred because the targets are based on the weight of new electronics sold into the market, and the lightweighting trend in consumer electronics has led to lower overall tonnages in that space.

"We specifically recognized a crisis situation. We wanted to do something to address the crisis, but – we all know this – we need a long-term solution," said Marta Keane, recycling specialist for Will County and past president of the Illinois Recycling Association.

According to Jerry Peck, associate director of government affairs for the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA), the updated targets came from input from municipal waste agencies. "They said, 'This is what we think we need to keep the doors open over the next two years,'" Peck explained.

Peck and Keane both said they see the legislation as a short-term fix to the overarching problems in the state's e-scrap infrastructure.

Keane said the new targets still aren't ideal, but she noted stakeholders expect less e-scrap to be collected in 2015 because programs closed or reduced drop-off locations or collection events.

Another segment of the bill explicitly allows CRT glass deposited into retrievable storage cells to count toward manufacturers' weight targets. E-Scrap News previously covered that part of the legislation.

As a whole, the bill aims to address the industry-wide issue of manufacturers hitting their targets before the end of the year and halting payments for e-scrap recycling. That phenomenon has forced municipalities in many states to deal with accumulated material on their own.

The bill also makes other notable changes to the state's e-scrap law:

  • It requires, beginning in 2016, all recycling facilities used to meet the law's requirements must be certified as meeting R2 or e-Stewards standards (or an equivalent certification program recognized by the U.S. EPA). Currently, those certifications prohibit the use of retrievable storage as an approved recycling outlet for CRTs.
  • It specifies that recycling firms can't charge local governments to take their collected e-scrap, or vice versa.
  • It offers credits to manufacturers exceeding their target. They can roll over 25 percent of the weight over their target to a future year, or sell that credit to another company. For example, if a company needs to collect 50 tons but ends up collecting 54 tons, it could roll 1 ton of credits over to the next year.
  • It allows the weight of treated CRT glass deposited into retrievable storage cells at a landfill to count toward the manufacturers' weight targets.
  • It changes penalties for electronics manufacturers' that fail to meet their targets. For previous years, the law said if a manufacturer came in with less than 70 percent of its target, it would be charged 70 cents for each uncollected pound. The new law says that, starting this year, they'll be charged 45 cents per pound if they collect less than 50 percent of their target or 35 cents per pound if they collect between 50 percent and 90 percent of their target. If they fall just short, collecting 91 percent to 99 percent, they won't be penalized.

The Illinois EPA is already conducting a comprehensive study of the state's e-scrap program and is scheduled to deliver a final report in February 2016, Peck said. He envisions stakeholders will use the report to inform negotiations over a bill to provide a more-permanent fix to the program, he said.

Keane said she expects the stakeholders will be back at the table discussing a long-term fix by the end of summer.

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E-Scrap 2015: Connect with all the key vendors

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:33
E-Scrap 2015: Connect with all the key vendors

June 11, 2015

The bustling trade show hall at E-Scrap 2015 will feature more than 100 leading industry companies that can take your business to new levels. And by connecting with potential partners and suppliers in one spot, you save valuable time and resources.

Exhibiting companies include electronics scrap processors, buyers and brokers, equipment manufacturers, waste haulers, industry trade associations and other sector specialists. More than 1,300 attendees from 35 countries were on hand at last year's conference, and a similar turnout is expected this September.

Don't delay. Make arrangements now to ensure your firm is at the center of the deal-making and networking action.

E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 (that's the week before Labor Day) at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. Check in at e-scrapconference.com for all the latest information on exhibiting, sponsoring and attending.

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E-World chief tangled in trafficking case

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:33
E-World chief tangled in trafficking case

By Bobby Elliott and Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

June 11, 2015

The leader of California e-scrap recycling company E-World Recyclers has been indicted in a federal court on charges of trafficking government-seized counterfeit material and altering contract documents. The case, first publicized by watchdog group Basel Action Network, has a number of industry touchpoints and is loaded with complications, including the very plea the executive gave before the court when he was charged last winter.

E-World CEO Robert Erie, 51, was indicted in San Diego on Dec. 18, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on five criminal charges, including conspiracy and trafficking of counterfeit goods. Erie's next court date is scheduled for June 29, court records show. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

The indictment charges Erie with trafficking government-seized counterfeit watches, pens and headphones E-World was subcontracted to destroy. In an interview with E-Scrap News, Erie maintained his innocence and suggested the company's contract explicitly permitted E-World to re-market and recycle components of the items.

Clerical error on plea

The Basel Action Network (BAN) broke the news last week regarding Erie's indictment and reported he pleaded guilty to the charges. BAN pointed out to E-Scrap News the guilty plea was noted in an official case docket report.

In his interview with E-Scrap News, Erie maintained he had actually pleaded not guilty and stated the guilty plea appearing in the record was the result of a "clerical error." That plea error was confirmed with E-Scrap News by Rebecca Kanter, the U.S. district attorney handling prosecution of the case. The docket report now indicates a not guilty plea.

The docket report and other case details are available online via public document clearinghouse PACER.

Acting as a subcontractor

As to the charges themselves, the indictment alleges illegal activity took place between at least September 2009 and September 2011.

Prosecutors say E-World acted as a subcontractor for New Jersey-based disposal company Cycle Chem to destroy counterfeit luxury watches, pens and headphones seized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Instead of destroying the items, the indictment alleges, Erie "knowingly and willfully conspired … to commit an offense against the United States – that is, to intentionally traffic in counterfeit goods and knowingly use a counterfeit mark on and in connection with such goods."

The indictment also claims Erie instructed E-World employees to sign U.S. government documents confirming destruction of the material and then "altered records and correspondences to give the false impression that the conspirators' illegal actions had been approved by companies working with DHS and CBP."

Court documents show Erie was arrested on Dec. 22, 2014 in San Diego. He was released from jail Dec. 24 on $50,000 bond.

Validity of 'destruction process'

In the interview with E-Scrap News, Erie called the government's allegations "completely and utterly untrue." He also noted federal prosecutors have acted in an overly aggressive manner in pursuing the case against him.

According to Erie, the company's agreement with Cycle Chem allowed E-World to pursue a number of recovery options for the counterfeit goods, including parts harvesting.

"The agreement was not to re-market or resell that material in its original condition," Erie said. "The email trails and the signed document allowed for parts harvesting."

What complicated matters, Erie said, was the existence of government-issued order-to-destroy (OTD) documents. Erie confirmed E-World representatives signed and returned those documents, as the indictment states, but he added the agreement didn't mean the government-seized watches, headphones and pens needed to be shredded and disposed of.

"The agreed upon destruction process was to utilize resourceful methods of recycling all of this material and to achieve destruction through demanufacturing, de-branding and parts harvesting, and to make sure we didn't put it out on the open market as is," Erie said. "The agreement with the contractor called for the effective recycling of a variety of items from watches to battery-operated children's toys."

As for the government's charge that Erie altered the contract with Cycle Chem after agreeing to destroy the material, the executive stated, "There's no truth to that whatsoever."

Cycle Chem did not respond to a request for comment from E-Scrap News.

Erie has been a player in the U.S. electronics recycling industry for over a decade. He was a co-founder of Computer Recyclers of America, a company that under different leadership became Electronic Recyclers International. Erie launched Vista, Calif.-based E-World Recyclers in 2006. The company processes electronics and offers asset management services. It also has a division called E-World Online, which offers original equipment manufacturers and retailers software and other resources to help them manage electronics take-back programs.

The next step in the trafficking case against Erie is the hearing on June 29, which will consist of a "motion hearing and trial setting," said Kanter, the federal prosecutor.

'Weeding out bad actors'

At recent recycling conferences in Oregon and Indiana, which were attended by an E-Scrap News reporter, a handful of e-scrap executives raised questions about BAN's decision to break the Erie indictment story, one that does not involve traditional obsolete electronics. BAN, which is closely tied to the e-Stewards certification, is known for its focus on the illegal export of hazardous waste. In recent years, the group has also exposed the stockpiling of CRT glass.

BAN's executive director, Jim Puckett, explained to E-Scrap News a part of its mission is to improve the nature of e-scrap recycling in the U.S.

"Very quickly we agreed that this particular story has a very direct bearing on BAN's work to clean up the electronics recycling industry," Puckett wrote in an email, "and promote the responsible, ethical and legal recycling of electronics by weeding out the numerous bad actors and continually promoting the ethical ones."

E-World Recyclers is not certified to e-Stewards. It is certified to R2, the other industry environmental standard.

In the coming weeks, E-Scrap News will continue to follow this developing story. Please contact news@resource-recycling to share additional information or provide commentary.

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Washington sees slight bump in CRT collections

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:31
Washington sees slight bump in CRT collections

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 11, 2015

E-scrap firms processed slightly more CRT glass from Washington state in 2014 than they did the year before, according to a report.

Processors handled 10,666 tons of CRT glass in 2014, up 1.3 percent from the CRT weight processed in 2013, according to the annual report by the Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority (WMMFA), the electronics manufacturer-funded group coordinating collections and recycling under Washington's E-Cycle program.

The year-over-year CRT tonnages in Washington and other states are being closely watched within the industry as observers try to determine when collection programs will reach the tipping point at which CRT take-back numbers start to fall. Such decreases would be an indication those programs may be close to finishing handling the backlog of CRT material that has accumulated in homes and businesses over the past several decades.

Overall, about 22,181 tons of e-scrap were recycled through E-Cycle in 2014, down almost 2 percent from the year before. Numbers previously released by the Washington Department of Ecology, which oversees the e-scrap program, showed the collected weight of TVs continues to increase, while monitors and computers continue to decrease.

In 2014, seven e-scrap recycling firms managed material from Washington, and the report indicates much of the leaded glass they received moved through Mexico en route to India, where it's recycled into new CRTs.

More than 98 percent of the material received by the processors was recycled in 2014, and only about 1.5 percent -- mostly wood from TV cabinets -- went to landfill, according to the report. The weight of wood sent to landfill increased nearly 20 percent over the year before.

At the same time, the weight of wood recycled increased about 4 percent.

In 2014, roughly 550 tons of electronics were resold and reused, the vast majority of which were resold by the collectors and were never sent to e-scrap processors, according to WMMFA. That estimate is a rough estimate based on both objective and subjective information received from collectors. Nonprofit collectors, in particular, tend to focus on resale and see recycling as a secondary option, according to the report.

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Wide world of e-scrap

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:30
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 11, 2015

An estimated 76 percent of e-scrap workers in India suffer respiratory ailments, and leaders in the Philippines may soon consider an extended producer responsibility law for electronics.

A mobile service and Internet provider in Bahrain has announced the launch of an e-scrap collection campaign in the small Middle Eastern country. Zain Bahrain, working with government officials, will place drop-off bins at various locations, including schools and malls. Zain Bahrain has contracted with Enviroserve to handle reuse and recycling.

With growing volumes of e-scrap and a largely informal recycling sector, e-scrap workers in India are suffering physically, a report says. The report by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India states 76 percent of e-scrap workers suffer from respiratory ailments. With rising incomes, India is seeing more e-scrap, but the vast majority is processed in urban slums by untrained workers without proper protective equipment, the report states.

Philippines government officials and environmental activists plan to submit a proposal for extended producer responsibility to the Congress of the Philippines for consideration, according to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. The groups, led by the EcoWaste Coalition, support strong regulations to promote the environmentally sound management of scrap electronics and appliances.

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Patent watch

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:28
Patent watch

June 11, 2015

Patent No. 8,979,974 was awarded to Tokyo's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology for a method of recovering rare earth elements from scrap materials.

Kaohsiung, Taiwan's Hong Jing Environment Company also developed a rare earth element recovery system and was given Patent No. 8,986,425.

A device for optically sorting scrap plastics is the subject of Patent No. 9,000,318, given to International Business Machines Corp. from Armonk, N.Y.

Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd., from Osaka, Japan, was awarded Patent No. 9,024,224, for a method of identifying and recycling scrap plastics containing brominated flame retardants.

Patent No. 9,039,806, given to International PGM Technologies from Delta, British Columbia, describes a method of recovering precious metals from scrap materials.

A method of recovering rare earth elements from scrap materials is the subject of Patent Application No. 20150047469, given to Tokyo's JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corp.

Danbury, Conn.-based Entegris, Inc. was awarded Patent Application No. 20150050199 for a method of leaching lead from solid materials, such as lead-containing CRT glass.

Erdmann GmbH & Co., headquartered in Menden, Germany, has developed a shredding device and has been given Patent Application No. 20150060583.

Patent Application No. 20150066677, which describes a pre-acquisition auction for recovered electronic devices, was given to San Diego's ecoATM, Inc.

A group of Newark, Delaware-based researchers led by Miha Zakotnik was awarded Patent Application Nos. 20150068030 and 20150069677 for two methods of recycling magnets recovered from scrap hard drives.

For more information on these or any patents, please consult the U.S. Patent Office database at http://patft.uspto.gov/.

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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Certification scorecard

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:27
Certification scorecard

June 11, 2015

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.

B & K Technology Solutions d/b/a Advanced Technology Recycling of Tonawanda, N.Y. is now certified to ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

Information Systems Resources of Dearborn, Mich. is now certified to the following standards: e-Stewards, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

In Confidence P/L of North Melbourne, Australia; Jayhawk File Express LLC of Topeka, Kan.; Lemay Mobile Shredding of Vancouver, Wash; Lincoln Archives of Buffalo, N.Y.; Loss Protection & Investigations, Inc. of Fresno, Calif.; MARS LLC of Olympia, Wash.; Piranha Paper Shredding LLC of New Berlin, Wis.; and Tiger Shredding and Recycling LLC of Baton Rouge, La. have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

 

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 here.

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NewsBits from E-Scrap News

E-Scrap News Magazine - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:26
NewsBits

June 11, 2015

Researchers have developed a technique that allows e-scrap to dissolve. The material is in effect eaten away by acid escaping from wax. By heating the wax, the microscopic drops of acid are released and dissolve components of the material. The research was conducted by experts at the University of Illinois.

IT asset disposition, once considered a cost to large businesses, is now being considered a possible profit center for those corporations, writes an expert on supply chain business site EBNonline.com. In addition to being the environmentally right thing to do, having certified e-scrap firms handle businesses' old electronics also ensures data security and, through refurbishment and resale, a return on investment.

North Carolina Public Radio takes a look at one e-scrap firm that turns a profit, albeit a small one, from refurbishing and reselling e-scrap cast off by local organizations. Durham-based Triangle Ecycling relies on interns from local high schools to help with much of the refurbishing.

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