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Arrow opens Singapore ITAD facility

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 09:21
Arrow opens Singapore ITAD facility

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

April 23, 2015

Arrow Electronics has announced the opening of its first IT asset disposition facility in Singapore.

In announcing the move, the publicly traded company said the Singapore outpost "aligns with our commitment to pursuing emerging and high-growth markets."

"Our capabilities and reach are growing with the global demand for IT asset disposition and reverse logistics services, and we believe we have the most robust set of capabilities and the global reach to serve our customers wherever they need us," Mark Majeske, president of Arrow's global reverse logistics business, said in a statement.

A recent study on global e-scrap generation by the United Nations University noted Singapore as one of the largest per-inhabitant generators of e-scrap. According to the study, the average Singaporean generated more than 43 pounds of e-scrap in 2014.

According to Arrow, the Singapore site has been designed to be in compliance with "local, national and international standards for data security and environmental regulations," including the R2 certification.

In February, Arrow announced the acquisition of RDC, a subsidiary of Computacenter UK, for a reported $84 million. The company has made numerous acquisitions of e-scrap firms in recent years and operates nine ITAD locations in the U.S.

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<i>E-Scrap 2015</i>: Booth space going fast

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 09:20
E-Scrap 2015: Booth space going fast

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

April 23, 2015

Want to be sure your company gets top-level exposure at North America's premier electronics recycling conference? Register now to exhibit.

The trade show hall at the E-Scrap Conference has sold out in recent years, so smart industry insiders know not to wait to reserve their space. Exhibiting is a prime opportunity for brokers, processors, equipment makers, trade groups, logistics pros and other stakeholders to get their goods and ideas out in front of the e-scrap industry's movers and shakers.

Don't be left out of the action. Full exhibitor information is available here.

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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OEMs fall short of Ontario e-scrap collection targets

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 09:17
OEMs fall short of Ontario e-scrap collection targets

By Jared Paben, E-Scrap News

April 23, 2015

Ontario's electronics stewardship organization fell 14 percent short of its e-scrap collection target for 2014, and it said smaller and lighter products were to blame.

Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), an industry-funded nonprofit organization, oversaw the collection of 78,284 tons of e-scrap last year, according to a report filed with provincial regulators.

That was short of the original goal of 90,941 tons. Set in 2009, that target was based on dated information and assumption on technology in the future, according to OES.

"The dramatic change in weights, types of devices and change in composition just wasn’t possible to predict back in 2009," the report states. "For example, in the past 10 years the weight of televisions has declined by as much as 57 percent, and multi-function devices by as much as 40 percent. Lightweighting, miniaturization and consolidation of products are beginning to occur at a rapid pace."

The 2014 collection was the largest per capita of any province in Canada, Waste Diversion Ontario spokeswoman Julie Kwiecinski said. Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) regulates e-scrap collection and approves program plans submitted by the manufacturers' group.

OES collected the equivalent of 11.5 pounds for each provincial resident in 2014. At more than 12.8 million people, the province is by far Canada's most populous.

"What's really important here is the accuracy of the collection target," Kwiecinski said. "OES's collection target is based on five-year-old data when ... tablets didn't even exist."

WDO has asked OES to present revised targets that address industry and recycling trends, including lightweighting and today's shorter product life cycles, according to Kwiecinski. Revised targets would give WDO a better understanding of OES's true performance, she noted.

OES said it calculated a revised target of 67,638 tons for 2014 to reflect new information on weights, product lifespan and volume, the report states.

WDO hasn't yet approved any revised targets, Kwiecinski noted. The 2015 target has yet to be set, she said, and if a new target isn't available, the 2014 one will be used.

OES also reported 96.5 percent of Ontario residents live within 6.2 miles of an OES e-scrap drop-off site or affiliated drop-off point. That's based on a study conducted by Environmental Design and Management, a firm it hired in November 2014. It also looked at drive time and determined 98.3 percent of the province's urban population is within a 15-minute drive of a drop-off location.

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Wide world of e-scrap

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 09:15
Wide world of e-scrap

April 23, 2015

The United Nations University says just about 16 percent of the world's e-scrap was recycled in 2014, while a new report sheds light on Australia's e-scrap recycling infrastructure.

A report from the United Nations University suggests 46.1 million tons of e-scrap and appliances entered the global waste stream in 2014. Of that total, just 7.2 million tons were collected through formal take-back channels, the report states. Stay tuned as E-Scrap News develops more coverage on the data, including figures for U.S. generation and recovery of end-of-life electronics.

The Canadian wing of office supply chain Staples has released its 2014 Sustainability Report, including data on in-store e-scrap collection. According to the report, Staples Canada collected about 8.7 million pounds of electronics, surpassing a goal of collecting 7.9 million pounds.

The U.K.'s BBC recently published a report looking at startups and nonprofit groups in different pockets of the globe that have taken unique approaches to recovering old electronics. One featured entity is BinBag, based in India: The company serves as an online portal connecting consumers with e-scrap in their homes and companies that want to process the material.

A group called Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform has issued a report stating Australia's e-scrap recycling network is severely lagging the recycling efforts occurring in the U.S. and other countries across the world.

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Certification scorecard

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 09:14
Certification scorecard

April 23, 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.

Affordable Shred of Buffalo, Ill.; Best Shredding (Div/Best Service Pros) of Langley, B.C.; and Shred Confidential Incorporated of Anaheim, Calif. have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, Dynamic Recycling TN LLC of Nashville, Tenn.; EPC’s E-Scrap Processing Center of Earth City, Mo.; ER2-Electronic Responsible Recyclers of Mesa, Ariz.; and IT Renew of Newark, Calif. have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Computer Hard Drive Sanitization and 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

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 09:13
NewsBits

April 23, 2015

The Consumer Electronics Association has teamed up with educational materials company Young Minds Inspired to help kids learn about the importance of recycling e-scrap. They've created educational materials for students in English and Spanish about recycling electronics.

A survey commissioned by Call2Recycle shows that 34 percent of U.S. respondents experience "green guilt," the feeling they could or should be doing more to help preserve the environment. That's up from 29 percent who indicated such feelings during a 2012 survey.

Apple said it collected 44,529 tons of e-scrap through its take-back program in 2014, more than 75 percent of the total weight of products the company sold seven years earlier. Materials recovered included 13,007 tons of steel, 6,575 tons of plastic, 6,337 tons of CRT glass, 2,040 tons of aluminum and 1,430 tons of copper, among other materials.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has honored LG Electronics for designing electronics with recycling in mind. LG will receive a 2015 Design for Recycling Award for television products that emphasize recycling during every lifecycle phase.

An e-scrap collection event held in Joliet, Illinois was so well-attended organizers had to turn residents away, Shaw Media reports. The event, which drew more than 1,000 people, saw mostly old CRT televisions and computers dropped off for recycling. A bill working its way through the House would increase recycling opportunities for residents throughout the state by upping recycling obligations for manufacturers and loosening regulations surrounding downstream outlets for CRT glass.

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New York state considers electronics 'right to repair' bill

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:57
New York state considers electronics 'right to repair' bill

By Jared Paben, E-Scrap News

April 16, 2015

A "right-to-repair" bill in the New York legislature would require electronics manufacturers to provide repair and recycling information, parts and tools to independent e-scrap recycling entities.

The bill, S3998 in the state's Senate and A6068 in the Assembly, would require manufacturers to provide the same information, parts and tools to independent shops and individual consumers that they provide to authorized repair centers.

A similar bill has been introduced in Minnesota.

One repair advocate said the recent legislative movement could open significant profit avenues in the electronics recycling and refurbishment industry.

"This is the single biggest revenue-generating opportunity that’s come along for the recycling industry in a long time," said Kyle Wiens, founder of online electronics repair resource iFixit.org. "This is the best chance to offset the reduction in weight from new product design."

However, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which represents original equipment manufacturers, has raised concerns about wording in the legislation.

"Ironically, these bills could have the unintended result of actually reducing the amount of product repair that manufacturers can support," states a CEA document summarizing association members’ concerns. "This could happen if it became so burdensome for manufacturers to address all the requests for information, code updates, repair and test fixtures … that manufacturers may be forced to reduce the scope and timeline for supporting products in general."

Groups in support of the Minnesota and New York bills – many of which recently fought and won the right for consumers to "unlock" mobile phones – say the bill would support local repair jobs and protect the environment. More than 1,600 letters have been sent from New York residents and businesses to legislators through the website of the bill supporter Digital Right to Repair Coalition.

Wiens said the New York bill would do for the electronics repair industry what a Massachusetts law – and a subsequent industry agreement – did for the auto repair industry. Massachusetts voters in 2012 approved overwhelmingly a measure requiring automakers to turn over repair information to independent repair shops.

CEA hasn’t taken an official position on the current electronics legislation, but some of its members have expressed concerns about various aspects of the proposed laws, said Walter Alcorn, vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability for CEA.

Whereas automobiles involve a long history of component assembly, electronics are moving toward smaller and more integrated systems, so consumers’ repair expectations are different, Alcorn said. Some manufacturers also have concerns about unqualified repair personnel failing to properly repair products that still have the original manufacturer’s logo on them, he said.

The bill is also much broader than the one for auto repair, which CEA supported, he said. It would affect not just consumer electronics but also industrial equipment, servers, robotic equipment and toys.

"This basically would apply to any piece of equipment that has a board,"" he said.

Wiens described the legislation as “very common sense" and added "it’s not requiring anything that the manufacturers don’t already have."

In addition to hampering reuse, a lack of repair information can make recycling e-scrap difficult and even dangerous, particularly when it comes to removing batteries, he said.

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E-Scrap 2015: A big-picture look

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:56
E-Scrap 2015: A big-picture look

April 16, 2015

We all know the major trends that are quickly re-shaping the e-scrap industry. Think processor consolidation, CRT glass struggles and the changing nature of the electronics recycling stream.

Understanding exactly how those developments intertwine and shape market opportunities can be a bit of a mind boggle. Fortunately, E-Scrap 2015 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 industry's leading conference this September. The education 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 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 – the week before Labor Day – at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. Last year's conference brought together more than 1,300 attendees from 35 countries and similar numbers are expected for the upcoming iteration. Check in at e-scrapconference.com for the latest on attending, sponsoring and exhibiting.

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Minnesota e-scrap firm fined over CRT glass

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:55
Minnesota e-scrap firm fined over CRT glass

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

April 16, 2015

Minnesota-based Materials Processing LLC has been fined $125,000 for storing 2,500 tons of CRT glass in more than 100 semi-trailers around the Twin Cities. The company also recently closed its dual-certified Philadelphia facility, E-Scrap News has learned.

According to a press release from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, "crushed" leaded glass belonging to Materials Processing LLC (MPC) was found in 128 semi-trailers in the St. Paul-Minneapolis metro area. As part of an enforcement action brought against MPC by state regulators, the company has paid for the material, totaling 2,500 tons, to be moved to "a permitted hazardous waste facility."

No improper storage of CRT glass was cited at the company's Mendota Heights, Minnesota headquarters. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency provided E-Scrap News with a copy of the stipulation agreement between the agency and MPC, and that document indicates the trailers were located at four other sites, one in Minneapolis and three in local suburbs Roseville and Forest Lake.

The stipulation agreement also shows Minnesota regulators were alerted to the situation through a complaint in August 2013. Regulators initiated dialogue with MPC soon after, and the company provided a list of trailers containing CRT glass. In late 2013 and early 2014, Pollution Control Agency officials inspected the sites. MPC told the agency the glass in question was moved to a Peoria, Illinois landfill before June 1, 2014, according to the stipulation agreement.

The company was fined $125,000 for mismanagement of hazardous waste and failure to permit the four locations containing trailers.

MPC did not return several requests for comment.

The company was formerly known as Materials Processing Corporation but changed its name to Materials Processing LLC on Jan. 28, 2014, the stipulation agreement states. The company is listed as a registered recycling entity under Minnesota's manufacturer-backed electronics recycling program.

Founded in 1983, MPC is e-Stewards-certified at its Minnesota headquarters and also held an R2 certification there until September 2014. At that point, the company did not renew its annual licensing agreement, said John Lingelbach, the executive director of R2 administration organization SERI.

The company's Philadelphia location, which apparently shuttered in the last six months after the processor was sued for back-rent by its landlord there, was certified to both e-Stewards and R2:2013 at the time of its closing.

The Philadelphia location had been open since 2011 and spanned more than 110,000 square feet. At its peak, the facility employed 100 workers and processed 4.5 million pounds of material per month, according to an official company response to the lawsuit from the Philadelphia landlord. 

Jim Puckett, executive director at e-Stewards creator Basel Action Network, said the Minnesota glass management issue at MPC came as a surprise to him. "We are in discussions about whether their actions and the situation triggers our Critical Non-Conformity Policy and if so, were there extenuating circumstances," Puckett wrote in an email to E-Scrap News.

The non-conformity policy was last brought into play by Georgia's Diversified Recycling and resulted in the processor being hit with a two-year suspension from applying to the e-Stewards standard.

MPC was also one of four registered recycling partners of the Minneapolis-based Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Group (MRM), which administers state-mandated recycling services on behalf of equipment manufacturers Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp and Toshiba.

In a statement, MRM's president, David Thompson, said the group "ended its relationship with MPC from the middle of last year."

"MRM continually reviews its business relationships with a view to increasing relationships with recyclers who offer the greatest technological potential for maximizing use of materials from electronic products collected for recycling while also maintaining strict environmental performance standards, providing excellent customer service and cost competitiveness," Thompson stated. "Last year MRM made a business decision, based on a number of factors, not to work with MPC any longer."

MPC is being sued by its landlord in Philadelphia, Drummond Decatur and State Properties, for back-rent in excess of $100,000, rent for the remainder of the lease, which ends in Nov. 2018, and costs associated with repairing, altering and/or preparing the site to be leased to another party. Drummond Decatur did not return a request for comment.

In court documents reviewed by E-Scrap News, MPC claims multiple repairs left untended at the facility gave it no choice to shutter the operation.

The phone number associated with the plant is no longer in service.

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CRT glass processor opens Virginia plant

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:53
CRT glass processor opens Virginia site

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

April 16, 2015

Nulife Glass has officially opened its second U.S. facility and says it will take a year for the Virginia operation to start smelting leaded glass.

Replete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a video message delivered by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Nulife's Bristol, Virginia location marked its first day of business on April 9. It is the U.K.-based company's second U.S. outpost, joining Nulife's Dunkirk, New York facility.

Nulife CEO Simon Greer said at the Virginia event it will be "about a year" before the Bristol site gains full approval from state and federal environmental officials to operate a glass-smelting furnace. Once approved, Greer estimates the furnace, which will mirror the one being assembled in New York, can be built in six weeks.

"We'll have hot lead a year from now," Greer told E-Scrap News. "We're very happy with how things have gone."

Greer noted the company has begun receiving glass already at the site. He noted its smelter in New York is "on track" to start running in June of this year.

Nulife, which has thus far hired one employee in Bristol, expects to hire 46 workers at the plant, a goal that has gained the support of the leader of the state's government.

"The addition of 46 new jobs in a region that has experienced challenging economic headwinds is tremendous news," Gov. McAuliffe said in the video aired at the opening.

As part of a reported $5.9 million investment by Nulife to open the Bristol site, the company received $300,000 in grants, including $110,000 from the Governor's Opportunity Fund.

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ISRI releases mobile app

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:51
ISRI releases mobile app

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

April 16, 2015

Networking with peers, accessing safety information and reading industry news can be done on the go with a recently released mobile app from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

ISRI Mobile, available for both Apple and Android devices, includes tools for ISRI members and other stakeholders.

ISRI members get access to a member directory, which is searchable by commodities handled and location. They also get access to the latest newsletters, Scrap magazine and advocacy tools.

The app includes information on ISRI’s annual convention, occurring next week in Vancouver, British Columbia, including schedules, speakers and exhibitor information.

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Certification scorecard

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:49
Certification scorecard

April 16, 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.

All-Shred, Inc. of Frederick, Maryland; Goodwill Easter Seals Of The Gulf Coast, Inc. of Mobile, Alabama; Quality Shredding of Deer Park, New York; Securis of Chantilly, Virginia; Shredder's, Inc. of Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Shred-Ex LLC of Colchester, Vermont 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

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:47
NewsBits

April 16, 2015

The Nevada attorney general’s office is investigating Sparks, Nevada-based Laptop & Desktop Repair, after complaints the company was offering consumers more for their electronics than it was actually paying them. Through its websites, which include cashforlaptops.com, cashforsmartphones.com and others, the company was allegedly initially offering more than it was paying. Consumers could turn down the actual offer via phone, but the company’s phone system was set up such that people found it difficult or impossible to reach a person.

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, an Illinois-based e-scrap recycling company will attempt to break the world record for the most electronics collected over one week at multiple sites, the company announced. Advanced Recycling Technology will hold collection events at its six facilities in five states. The current Guinness World Record, achieved by TechCollect/ANZRP of Australia in May 2013, is 523 tons.

Best Buy aims to make its large e-scrap collection and recycling program a “break-even operation,” according to a Minnesota Public Radio report examining issues of e-scrap recycling. The company collects 60,000 tons per year of electronics for recycling.

 

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Stone Castle glass causing headaches in Utah

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:12
Stone Castle glass causing headaches in Utah

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

April 10, 2015

Millions of pounds of CRT devices abandoned by Utah's Stone Castle Recycling continue to plague local communities.

According to a pair of articles appearing April 5 in the Salt Lake Tribune, six former locations of Stone Castle remain piled high with CRT devices. Company CEO Anthony Stoddard "has not paid for any of his defunct recycling centers or their cleanup," the newspaper states.

Stone Castle closed in 2014 following a string of fires that were examined as potential cases of arson.

A year ago the Basel Action Network issued a blistering report on the state of Stone Castle.

According to Andy Renfro, the owner of a warehouse space leased to Stone Castle in Clearfield, Utah, approximately "3.5 million pounds of television glass" remains stored there. The cost to get the material recycled, Renfro told the paper, is likely $500,000.

Thus far, only one Stone Castle site, located in Parowan, has been cleaned out. EPA Region 8 federal on-scene coordinator Steven Merritt confirmed with E-Scrap News "all the disposal of all treated wastes was finished in January." According to Merritt, the rest of the sites are currently being handled by Utah's Department of Environmental Quality.

And who will pay for cleaning out the sites? "There is no simple answer," Scott Anderson, the director of the Utah Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste, told the Salt Lake Tribune.

"I don't have a pot of emergency-response money," Anderson stated. "That's not how I'm budgeted."

One of Stone Castle's largest upstream suppliers of glass, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its Deseret Industries thrift store chain, has stated Stone Castle "guaranteed the material would be recycled properly" and thus far has resisted calls by BAN to help fund the cleanup process.

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Keystone State locked up on e-scrap

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:10
Keystone State locked up on e-scrap

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

April 10, 2015

Environmental officials in Pennsylvania say manufacturers aren't paying enough to ensure collected electronics are getting recycled.

"The issue here is that the reimbursements being provided by manufacturers are not aligning with the actual costs to recycle the items," Amanda Whitman, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), told E-Scrap News.

Under Pennsylvania's e-scrap program, which went into full effect in 2012 and covers computers, computer peripherals and TVs, manufacturers are required to pay "for recycling the amount of covered devices that have an equivalent weight to what they sold two years prior," Whitman explained.

Recently, the amount of collected material has exceeded those goals and the DEP has had to "work with recyclers and manufacturers to ensure the excess material was appropriately managed."

Several other states have experienced similar challenges in over-collection of materials, including New Jersey and Wisconsin.

In some instances, Whitman says manufacturers in Pennsylvania are "selecting to exclude CRTs in their collections and rely on other materials that have positive value to meet their required weight goal under the act."

Whitman told E-Scrap News "manufacturers should include all covered devices in their plan."

A story featured in the Chambersburg, Pennsylvania newspaper Public Opinion highlighted some of the challenges faced by collectors and intermediary recycling firms stuck with CRTs to recycle and no manufacturer funds to cover the costs.

Doug Smith, Sony's director of Corporate, Environment Safety and Health, told E-Scrap News, "Sony operates a compliant system in Pennsylvania."

"Sony operated a CRT recycling facility in conjunction with its TV manufacturing plant just outside of Pittsburgh for years and has put considerable effort into continuing proper recycling of CRTs through strategic contracts," Smith said in a statement.

According to Smith, "the problems described in the [Public Opinion] article are very common in many of the states with take-back laws with the exception of California."

California is the only state electronics recycling program to be funded through point-of-sale consumer fees for new products. All other state programs, including Pennsylvania's, are funded directly by manufacturers of covered products.

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Minnesota bill would amend state e-scrap program

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:06
Minnesota bill would amend state e-scrap program

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

April 10, 2015

Minnesota is the latest state to consider updating its e-scrap recycling law.

On March 4, a bill was introduced to state lawmakers, proposing to amend the structure used to determine e-scrap collection requirements for equipment manufacturers. Manufacturers are currently mandated to finance the state's electronics recycling program, and each company's requirement is determined by the volume of equipment they sell into the state annually.

The Product Stewardship Institute included a brief analysis of the proposed legislation in an email update this week, characterizing the change to the manufacturer requirements in the following way: "The new bill would ... change the state's reuse and recycling goals every year in response to changing weights and quantities of electronic products sold and recycled. [Minnesota Pollution Control Agency] will publish a new recycling goal each year based on the sum of the average weight of the electronic devices collected for recycling in the preceding two years."

A number of states, including New Jersey and Illinois, have in recent months made similar moves to update their own e-scrap legislation. Many state bills were passed nearly a decade ago, and they didn't fully anticipate the glut of CRT devices and corresponding cost crunch that have hindered the electronics recycling landscape of late.

Minnesota's e-scrap legislation was passed in 2007 and amended in 2009.

The bill introduced this month also proposes to broaden the scope of state's electronics disposal ban. Currently, CRT devices are prohibited from entering the municipal solid waste stream. The bill would add a variety of products to that ban, including cellphones, video game consoles and computers and computer peripherals.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Frank Hornstein, who represents a district in Minneapolis and is a member of the Democratic-Farm-Labor party. It has been referred to the House of Representatives' committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finances.

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Concerns over federal order excluding EPEAT

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:04
Concerns voiced over federal order excluding EPEAT

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

April 10, 2015

An industry advocacy group says President Obama’s recent executive order on federal government sustainability could spell the end of the green electronics standard EPEAT.

The Oakland, California-based Electronics TakeBack Coalition is urging the White House to change its executive order, issued March 19, so that it includes EPEAT.

As written, the order is “the Grim Reaper for EPEAT,” Barbara Kyle, national coordinator of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, wrote on the group's website.

“We are surprised that Obama administration would want to be known (among other things) as the administration that killed the EPEAT program,” Kyle wrote. “What a shame, after so many years of time and effort by so many people to help the government use its purchasing power to promote sustainability.”

The new order, which does not mention EPEAT, replaced a 2009 order that ensured the federal government gives purchasing preference to electronics registered to EPEAT standards. EPEAT addresses product longevity and recycling by encouraging design that allows for cost-effective reuse and recycling.

The EPEAT program, managed by the Green Electronics Council (GEC), was formed in 2005 as a global rating system for a wide range of electronics. Companies that seek to have their products registered to EPEAT have to hit standards in a wide range of areas, including repairability, end-of-life management and use of recycled content.

“There continues to be head-scratching among the green electronics community about this step by the Obama Administration," GEC's CEO Robert Frisbee commented in a statement sent to E-Scrap News. "The EPEAT Registry has been a very successful part of their environmental initiatives. This move injects uncertainty into purchasing and manufacturing alike. If the U.S. steps out of its leadership role in green electronics, who will step into this fast growing space?"

Kyle wrote a letter calling for changes to the order to Kate Brandt, the federal environmental executive in the White House.

The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality said in a statement to E-Scrap News the order avoids endorsing any non-federal label.

According to the GEC, eight national governments, including the U.S., and hundreds of private and public purchasers around the world use EPEAT ratings in their purchasing decisions.

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E-Scrap 2015: Plug into practical solutions

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 07:01
E-Scrap 2015: Plug into practical solutions

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

April 10, 2015

Start planning now to be sure you and your company are represented at the North American e-scrap industry's biggest business-building and networking conference.

E-Scrap 2015 will offer well-curated sessions covering the topics that matter to electronics processors. Experts will analyze EH&S issues, innovative technologies, refurb hot topics and much more.

E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 (the week before Labor Day) at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. Last year's conference brought together more than 1,300 attendees from 35 countries and similar numbers are expected for the upcoming iteration. Check in at e-scrapconference.com for all the latest information on exhibiting, sponsoring and attending.


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Certification Scorecard

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 06:58
Certification scorecard

April 10, 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.

TBS Industries of Philadelphia is now certified to the following standards: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

3N Document Destruction, Inc. of Clifton Park, New York; AAA Certified Confidential Security Corp. of Peoria, Illinois; American Document Destruction of St. Louis; American Document Securities of Carrollton, Georgia; AmeriTex of Houston; A Shred 2 Pieces of Irving, Texas; Commonwealth Document Management, Inc. of Danville, Virginia; DocuGuard of Enid, Oklahoma; Document Shredding & Storage of Amarillo, Texas; EnTrust Records Management of Richmond, Virginia; Pioneer SecureShred of Minneapolis; Shred Ace of Durham, North Carolina; The DocuTeam LLC of San Luis Obispo; Time Shred Services (Shred Services, Inc.) of Hillside, New Jersey; Vanish Document Shredding of Houston; Viking Shred of West Sacramento, California; and Wiggins Shredding, Inc. of West Chester, Pennsylvania 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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Fri, 04/10/2015 - 06:57
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April 10, 2015

Cascade Asset Management has earned accolades from the Indiana state government for its workplace safety and health efforts. The Indianapolis-based e-scrap company picked up certification in the state’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. The company collects between 300 and 400 tons of e-scrap per month from sites across North America.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone gets only a 3 out of 10 for repairability, according to iFixit.com. The tech repair site did a tear-down of the new phone to determine whether its design allows for easy reuse of old phones. In comparison, Apple’s iPhone 6 scored a 7 out of 10.

The e-scrap industry is too quick to send reuseable electronics to the shredder for recycling, the CEO of Sage Sustainable Electronics wrote at Environmental Leader. Doing more to ensure repair and reuse is better for the environment and for businesses’ bottom lines, Bob Houghton wrote.

Manufacturers selling electronics and appliances in the U.K. met their target for recycling e-scrap in 2014 after all, new government data shows. Early signs had hinted manufacturers would fall short of the poundages they need to collect and recycle. But after the late submissions of recycling reports, the government now says about 545,000 tons were collected, about 1 percent over the target.

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