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Ambassador initiative connects students to e-scrap export market

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:31
Ambassador initiative connects students to e-scrap export market

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

A U.S. electronics recycling group recently launched an internship program for college students interested in traveling abroad to gain a better understanding of what's happening to the world's exported e-scrap.

"The Ambassador Program," spearheaded by the Fair Trade Recycling (FTR) group – formerly known as WR3A – will send students to Africa, Asia and Latin America to meet with buyers of overseas used electronics and "find out what's being dumped (if anything) and negotiate improvements (if necessary)," according to FTR's founder, Robin Ingenthron. Applications for the program are now being accepted.

U.S.-based companies can also become involved by nominating overseas buyers and reuse and recycling facilities for a visit by one of the ambassadors.

Ingenthron, who also runs Vermont-based Good Point Recycling, has been a longtime advocate for exports of reuse- and repair-ready electronics. He is currently leading a campaign to free Joseph Benson, a Nigerian man who had lived in England and was imprisoned for illegally exporting electronics to Africa.

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E-Scrap 2014 off to a lively start

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:30
E-Scrap 2014 off to a lively start

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

Extended trade show hours brought hundreds of attendees to the early opening of E-Scrap 2014, now under way at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.

The 12th annual E-Scrap Conference opened, as it has in years passed, with a bevy of workshops and informational activities, many of which were sold out and standing-room-only. The informational sessions were hosted by the conference and put on by the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC), e-Stewards, Greeneye Partners, ISRI's Electronics Recycling Education Program and SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International).

In the afternoon, the opening of the trade show found attendees walking a busy exhibition floor with over 120 exhibitors showing off their wares and services. The trade show hours were extended for this year's conference to give attendees and exhibitors more face-to-face time with current and potential partners and customers.

Also during the afternoon trade show opening, iFixit's Kyle Wiens and Scott Dingle did a live tear-down of a Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s outside the exhibit hall, demonstrating the "repair" of the three r's for crowds of e-scrappers.

Following the trade show opening, ISRI held its annual welcome reception, which saw hundreds of attendees rubbing elbows and enjoying the warm Orlando evening.

The sessions for E-Scrap 2014 begin this morning at 8:30 a.m. with an insightful view of the issues facing the electronics recycling industry from the perspective of the executives that head the leading firms of the business.

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BAN-backed Marketplace makes its debut

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:26
BAN-backed Marketplace makes its debut

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

The leaders of the e-Stewards certification today unveiled an online tool that aims to push more material through certified firms.

Going live today, e-Stewards Marketplace functions as a virtual exchange for e-scrap. Firms certified to the e-Stewards standard can use the tool to buy and sell e-scrap, with non-certified firms allowed to sell material as well.

The Marketplace website was developed through a partnership with Seattle-based tech firm Retrace and, according to BAN, companies such as LG Electronics and the data protection services firm Tabernus "have all expressed their intent to use the site for their electronic asset disposition and services."

The site could also help non-certified and small to mid-level firms seeking to use certified downstream companies and IT service companies.

The launch coincided with the opening of E-Scrap 2014, where Puckett will deliver a presentation, in part, about the Marketplace platform on Thursday. BAN also recently released an app, which allows users to track the measurable environmental impacts of sending electronics to e-Stewards firms for recycling or reuse.

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Documentary shows global scope of illegal e-scrap shipments

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:20
Documentary shows global scope of illegal e-scrap shipments

By Dan Leif and Dylan de Thomas, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

A documentary film exploring the complex underbelly of electronics recycling made its U.S. premiere last night during E-Scrap 2014.

"The E-Waste Tragedy," written and directed by filmmaker Cosima Dannoritzer, in many ways mirrors the angle of a well-known "60 Minutes" segment on illegal dumping of electronics that aired on CBS in 2008. Both depictions of the e-scrap sphere highlight instances of used devices flowing from the hands of unsuspecting consumers in developed nations to the feet of impoverished citizens of Ghana, China and other nations where material is ultimately dismantled in crude conditions.

However, while the "60 Minutes" look focused mainly on U.S.-generated material (and helped spark a public outcry over the electronics processing stream), Dannoritzer's film aims to cover the topic at a deeper, global level.

"The E-Waste Tragedy" tags along on the efforts made by a number of individuals trying to uncover the perpetrators and factors pushing forward the illegal electronic scrap trade. Viewers learn about the reporting of a journalist from Ghana who finds material from the U.K. in one of the infamous dumps near Accra, Ghana and heads to the British offices where the computer parts were once used to try to find how they made their way to Africa.

Also given screen time (and sympathy): a group of Spanish activists who tag different types of WEEE and follow it through the nation's recycling system; a Chinese Greenpeace representative trying to untangle the movement of material through Hong Kong; and Jim Puckett, founder of the Basel Action Network, who voices a particularly strong criticism of the U.S. government's strategy to dispose of its own electronic material.

Through those perspectives and others, the film investigates the unscrupulous hands material from the U.S. and Europe can go through even after its been collected via government-sanctioned systems. It becomes clear to the viewer that part of the problem stems from a lack of funding for inspection and enforcement (in Hong Kong, Dannoritzer states, 36,000 e-scrap containers are imported annually while only 40 are deemed illegal and sent back).

Dannoritzer also directed the 2010 documentary "The Light Bulb Conspiracy," a critical history of planned obsolescence in the consumer electronics industry. And to industry professionals steeped in the nuances of the realities of global e-scrap, her latest effort may feel slightly loaded. For example, the issue of demand for used electronics in developing nations (and the refurb market's efforts to supply it) is touched on only briefly near the end of the movie.

The film also conveys a notion that most, if not all, end-of-life-electronics management in developing countries comes in the smoky, sludge-filled pits we've come to associate with the names Guyiu and Agbogbloshie. But a deepening pool of reporting over the past several years has begun to illustrate a more nuanced processing situation. Bloomberg's Adam Minter and others have described modern facilities with well-trained workers that are helping nations like China and India get a grip on their electronics recycling while also driving local economies forward.

Still, "The E-Waste Tragedy" makes it clear the crude dumping grounds continue to exist and some of the material in them comes from countries that say they have infrastructures in place to avoid improper disposal.

The movie ultimately traces the problem back to consumer culture itself. Roughly 50 million flat panel TVs were sold a year ago, Dannoritzer notes, and the mobile market continues to evolve and expand. Recycling efforts surely continue to develop in the U.S. and other wealthy nations, but according to the argument put forth in the movie, more steps also need to be taken to control the illegal trade that for decades has existed beside legitimate global shipments of electronic material.

The screening at the E-Scrap Conference was followed by a Q-and-A with Puckett, Kyle Wiens of online repair community iFixIt and Total Reclaim co-owner Craig Lorch. All three were featured in the film.

Many questions were raised by the audience following the screening, with a pair of comments coming from individuals with ties to developing nations.  Eric Prempeh, a Ghanan national studying at Georgia Tech, called on the media to offer a more nuanced look at the repair and reuse communities in his home country.  "In this film, I saw everything depicted as junk in Agbogbloshie, but I know that much of what comes into the country works when it gets there."

Two electronics recyclers from Egypt, Ehab and Omar Mostafa, called for increased investment and support for recyclers in the developing world, something that all on the panel – Lorch, Puckett and Wiens – agreed was necessary.

The 86-minute film, at press time, does not have wide U.S. distribution, but it is scheduled to appear Oct. 26 at the UNAFF International Film Festival in Palo Alto, California. It was inititally released in Germany in May.

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Logistics giant signs on as R2 Leader

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:12
Logistics giant signs on as R2 Leader

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

Transportation and logistics provider OneSource Freight has joined the R2 Leader program.

Tempe, Arizona-based OneSource is the 14th company or organization to join the initiative since the effort launched earlier this year. R2 Leaders effectively pledge to go through R2 firms whenever possible for downstream recycling services. The program also holds members responsible for playing an active role in developing and funding projects led by SERI, the group that administers the R2 standard.

"OneSource Freight has been a consistent supporter of the R2 Standard since its development in 2008, and provided guidance in the drafting of Provision 12 of the R2:2013 Standard, covering transport of recyclable electronics," a SERI press release stated. "One Source Freight has designed its reverse logistics and supply chain management solutions to prioritize adherence to the R2 Standard."

The other entities in the R2 Leader program are: DIRECTV, Goodwill Industries International, Greeneye Partners, Keep America Beautiful, Microsoft, Oracle, Panasonic, Recycle Across America, Reverse Logistics Sustainability Council, Sony America, SourceAmerica, Wistron Corporation and Xerox.



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EWSI reveals latest partner

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:10
EWSI reveals latest partner

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

After a relatively quiet summer, an e-scrap firm with a history of dealmaking has announced another partnership.

E-Waste Systems (EWSI), the publicly traded firm with U.S. operational hubs in California, Ohio and New York, announced on Oct. 10 that a "teaming agreement" had been reached with the U.K. firm S2S Electronics. Details of the partnership remain vague, but EWSI says the move will allow the firms to "collaborate jointly on reverse logistic operations in the U.K. and all of Europe."

"This is going to be another milestone in our business plan, giving EWSI a footprint in Europe and expanding our branded operations," EWSI CEO Martin Nielson stated in a release.

The announcement comes after a summer during which EWSI's share price plummeted to record lows. In January, shares of EWSI climbed above 5 cents soon after the company made claims that 2013 revenues would exceed $12 million. Revenues for the year, consequent filings with the SEC showed, totaled less than $1 million, and the stock has fallen steeply – the current share price of EWSI is one one-hundredth of a penny ($0.0001).

This past June, E-Scrap News ran an in-depth look at the company and its financial performance to date. Read it here.

The company has authorized a total of 6 billion shares, with 1.5 billion added Sept. 29 and another 3 billion added Oct. 3. About 426 million of those shares are outstanding.

EWSI's new partner, S2S, is based in Rothertham and has been a registered corporation since 1987. S2S' CEO Alan Dukinfield did not return a request for comment.

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Certification scorecard

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:09
Certification scorecard

Oct. 22, 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.

Seattle's 3R Technology is now certified to ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

All Green Recycling, Inc. of New Brunswick, New Jersey is now certified to the R2:2013 and RIOS standards.

All Points Mobile Shredding of Stuart, Florida; Best Shredding (Div/Best Service Pros) of Calgary, Alberta; DeCycleIt! Inc. of St. Louis; Professional Records & Info Management of San Juan, Puerto Rico; RecordsPro / Shredmonkey of Indianapolis; and Secure Document Solutions of Independence, Missouri have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, LifeSpan International Inc. of Denver; LifeSpan International Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska and LifeSpan International Inc. of Tampa, Florida have 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 at www.tinyurl.com/Certified-E-scrap.

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E-Scrap 2015 Save the Date

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:37
E-Scrap 2015: Save the Date

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

The premier gathering for North America's e-scrap collectors, processors and recycling firms is set for Sept. 1-3 in Orlando, Florida.

The conference, which this year set a record with more than 1,300 attendees, will again bring together the who's who of the electronics recycling industry under one roof. Whether you're new to the industry or at the helm of an operation, E-Scrap 2015 will offer unsurpassed business opportunities.

E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 at Omni ChampionsGate. Check in at e-scrapconference.com for the latest on attending, sponsoring and exhibiting.


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Shipping group suggests rate hikes for exports to Asia

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:55
Shipping group suggests rate hikes for exports to Asia

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Oct. 16, 2014

A group of major container shipping companies recently recommended rate increases for shipping recyclables — including scrap electronics — and other low-margin materials to Asia.

The move from firms in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) Westbound group was announced Oct. 8, and it comes in response to price trends that carriers say were not sustainable.

"Many base cargo rates in the westbound transpacific market are approaching levels that do not justify carriage, especially when you take into account offsetting destination costs such as equipment cleaning and repair and local delivery," Brian Conrad, TSA-Westbound executive administrator, said in a press release announcing the recommended rate increases.

TSA-Westbound is advising minimum rates of $300 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Los Angeles/Long Beach, and $750 per FEU for all-water U.S. East and Gulf Coast shipments. The new rates go into effect Nov. 1 and are recommended by the group for shipments of recovered paper, hay, and metal and plastic scrap to China base ports.

TSA-Westbound's announcement noted more increases are expected in December "and beyond,"and they come roughly a year after TSA-Westbound announced a similar rate increase recommendation.

According to a TSA spokesperson, the group has never before recommended minimum price levels.

For a number of years, companies exporting scrap materials to Asia have been able to secure cheap shipping on vessels that had brought goods from China and other Asian nations to the U.S. and were searching for cargo to haul on their return voyages. Shipping companies say soft demand and rising costs in recent years have forced them to set new minimum rates. In essence, they are saying it is more cost effective to send back empty containers to Asia than it is to haul low-margin materials at current rates.

TSA-Westbound is made up of the following firms: APL, Ltd.; China Shipping Container Lines; CMA-CGM; COSCO Container Lines, Ltd.; Evergreen Line; Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd.; Hapag Lloyd AG; Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd.; Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line); Maersk Line; Mediterranean Shipping Co.; Nippon Yusen Kaisha (N.Y.K. Line); Orient Overseas Container Line, Ltd.; Yangming Marine Transport Corp.; and Zim Integrated Shipping Services.

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E-Scrap 2014: Form factor in focus

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:52
E-Scrap 2014: Form factor in focus

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 16, 2014

As gadgets have transitioned from our desks to our laps to our hands, processors and refurbishers have had to deal with new challenges to effectively dismantle or repair.
At next week's E-Scrap 2014, an intriguing session will help attendees better understand how form factor changes are having an impact on the used electronics sector. Presenters will also offer potential solutions in product design and repairability.

This form factor discussion is just one of many opportunities available at E-Scrap 2014 to better understand where our industry is headed and how to most effectively navigate a landscape full of challenges and opportunities. Book your spot today and ensure your firm’s long-term competitive edge.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Orlando's Rosen Shingle Creek. The 2013 edition saw more than 1,300 attendees and 125 exhibiting companies. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.


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PC shipments continue to beat odds

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:40
PC shipments continue to beat odds

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Oct. 16, 2014

While not quite the year of the PC, 2014 has continued to see global shipments outperform expectations in that arena.

New data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) shows PC shipments during the third quarter of 2014 were down by 1.7 percent compared to shipments during 2013's Q3. Experts, however, had pegged shipments to be down 4.1 percent.

The major driver of the better-than-expected numbers comes down to shipments from the top 5 PC firms. Global shipments from Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer Group and Apple were up an average of 9.3 percent year-over-year, according IDC. Acer Group saw shipments grow the most — by 11.4 percent — while all firms posted at least 5 percent growth during the quarter.

On the year, IDC now expects PC shipments to be down 3.7 percent compared to 2013 after originally expecting a 6 percent drop. The anticipated drop is due to rapidly growing shipments of tablets, phablets and smartphones, devices that are beginning to mirror and duplicate many of the functions once thought to be PC-specific.

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App aims to highlight e-Stewards impact

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:38
App aims to highlight e-Stewards impact

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 16, 2014

The e-Stewards certification has released a smartphone app to help make the case for using their certified firms.

The "e-Stewards Global Impact Calculator," currently available for free on Apple devices and coming soon to the Android platform, measures the environmental benefits of opting to go through e-Stewards certified recycling firms.

Jim Puckett, executive director at e-Stewards administration body Basel Action Network (BAN), says certified firms "now have an easy tool to show their business customers the demonstrable impacts they are making towards a safer, greener, more just world, simply by utilizing e-Stewards refurbishers or recyclers."

Those "demonstrable impacts" are measured by estimating the amount of greenhouse gases avoided by recycling or reuse as well as the amount of "toxic metals diverted from landfill or global dumping" and, conversely, the amount of "valuable and precious metals recovered."

Since launching in 2010, the e-Stewards standard has developed an additional Enterprise level certification, which has thus far garnered the support of more than 60 cities and companies who've pledged to work with 70-plus certified recycling operations across the country.


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International Computer Refurbisher Summit heads to Denver

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:36
International Computer Refurbisher Summit heads to Denver

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 16, 2014

The Mile High City will play host to the 11th annual International Computer Refurbisher Summit next month.

Taking place Nov. 11-12 at the Westin Denver Downtown, the Summit will bring together leaders from the global computer refurbishment and recycling space to address the most pressing issues facing the industry today. A Microsoft Imaging Training Class will headline pre-conference events on Nov. 10, a day that will also feature a Right to Repair group meet up and an R2/RIOS crash course in getting certified, while International Computer Refurbisher Summit (ICRS) presentations will cover the full gamut of topics, challenges and opportunities facing the refurb space.

To find out more, head on over to the ICRS website.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:34
Certification scorecard

Oct. 16, 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.

Document Shredding & Storage of Lubbock, Texas; Hill's Shred Express of Ocala, Florida; Kodiak Information Management of Lynchburg, Virginia; Proshred Security of Fishers, Indiana; Proshred of Georgia of Norcross, Georgia; ReadyOne Industries of El Paso, Texas; Sound Shredding & Recycling of Bellingham, Washington; Super Shred of Greenville, North Carolina and Xpresshred, LLC of Englewood, Colorado 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 at www.tinyurl.com/Certified-E-scrap.

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E-Scrap 2014: See the premiere of "The E-Waste Tragedy"

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:31
E-Scrap 2014: See the premiere of "The E-Waste Tragedy"

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 16, 2014

The contentious issue of scrap electronics exports is looked at by a new documentary from filmmaker Cosima Dannoritzer, and attendees of next week's E-Scrap Conference will have the chance to participate in a dialogue with industry leaders after the screening.

Dannoritzer's "The E-Waste Tragedy" will be making its U.S. premiere at the conference. The screening is set for 7 p.m. at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel in Orlando, Florida. The 86-minute film will be followed by an open discussion that all attendees are encouraged to take part in.

To see the trailer for "The E-Waste Tragedy," click here.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Orlando's Rosen Shingle Creek. To register and get all the latest conference information, head to e-scrapconference.com.

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NewsBits

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:25
NewsBits

Oct. 16, 2014

Wisconsin's Chippewa County is ceasing its free drop-off program for end-of-life electronics collection. A county recycling official said the move comes as a response to "recent changes in the state's recycling program."

The U.S. EPA has awarded a $52,000 grant to nonprofit organization Fundación Hélice to collect e-scrap along the U.S.-Mexico border. The funding is part of a larger water pollution prevention initiative.

Vietnam is set to implement a national electronics recycling initiative that will require equipment manufacturers and product importers to establish collection sites for e-scrap. The mandate goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

With a new version of Apple's iPad expected to be announced this week, ecoATM undertook a survey to find out which features on an updated device would most likely spur consumers to trade in their existing tablets and purchase the latest technology. Faster processing capability was the deciding factor most often cited, but the study also found 58 percent of respondents are satisfied with current models and will not be upgrading in the immediate future.

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Family ties threaten Creative Recycling equipment deal

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:41
Family ties threaten Creative Recycling equipment deal

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Oct. 9, 2014

The counsel for fallen processor Creative Recycling Systems has raised questions about familial connections between Creative and the firm slated to buy $700,000 worth of equipment from it.

In a court document dated Oct. 6, Creative's legal representative, Jay Verona, writes that "additional facts" have surfaced regarding the relationship between Creative and 3S International, the firm interested in purchasing Creative's Bluebox technology. Tampa, Florida-based Creative filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August, and a Florida judge approved the Bluebox deal on Sept. 30.

3S International's minority owner, Verona's subsequent research has found, is Joe Yob, the former senior vice president of Creative and the brother of Creative founder Jon Yob. Another family member formerly employed by Creative — Gina Yob, a cousin of Joe and Jon Yob — also works for 3S as vice president of sales and marketing.

Jon Yob served as president at Creative for 18 years before selling the company to an investor group in 2012.

According to Verona, the Yob family connections were not known prior to the Bluebox sales agreement but could raise questions surrounding original claims that Michigan-based 3S was "neither an 'insider' nor an 'affiliate' of CRS."

Verona said 3S' lawyer, Michael Watkins, "stated that Jon Yob is not affiliated with 3S" when Verona inquired on the possible business connection.

Verona added the family connections do not make the deal illegal or void. "It’s just one of many factors that the bankruptcy court would consider in determining whether the sale is in the best interests of the bankruptcy estate," he said.

Originally, Creative had requested and gained approval from the Florida judge to sell the company's Bluebox equipment to 3S for $700,000.

In a court document, Creative stated the $700,000 price tag "is fair and adequate," adding that "it is unlikely that a higher sale price for the Bluebox would be achieved through a competitive bidding process and/or individual sales."

The acquisition would make 3S the sole owner of the two Bluebox machines in operation in the U.S. The machine crushes and separates flat panel display devices as well as fluorescent lamps and tubes.

Creative, meanwhile, is in the throes of an $18.7 million lawsuit and recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company's court-appointed receiver, Robert Swett, is currently attempting to salvage and sell off company assets.

Jon Yob, who served as president of the firm for 18 years, had faced a separate lawsuit in which he was accused of misrepresenting the value of the company when it was sold in 2012. That suit, however, was recently dismissed.

Creative continues to operate out of locations in Florida and North Carolina, but has shut down numerous other sites, most along the East Coast.

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E-Scrap 2014: A global get-together

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:37
E-Scrap 2014: A global get-together

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 9, 2014

This month's E-Scrap Conference will be a great representation of the increasingly international nature of electronics recycling.

With two weeks left before the conference kicks off, attendees have registered from 46 states, six Canadian provinces and 34 other countries. In addition, the conference sessions will feature presentations on the transboundary flows of scrap electronic material and also touch on policies and collection programs being implemented in different nations around the world.

Be sure to head to E-Scrap 2014 to connect yourself to the global e-scrap trade and better understand how the market is developing both here and abroad.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Orlando's Rosen Shingle Creek. The 2013 edition saw more than 1,300 attendees and 125 exhibiting companies. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.


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Illinois firm to use CRT glass to manufacture ceramic tiles

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:32
Illinois firm to use CRT glass to manufacture ceramic tiles

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Oct. 9, 2014

Com2 Recycling Solutions says a new production line has been installed at its expanded Carol Stream, Illinois headquarters to use both panel and funnel CRT glass as a flux and lead oxide to make ceramic tiles.

"With glass-to-glass and smelting options shrinking, we knew we had to figure out a way to economically recover the glass ourselves," Com2's CEO Saheem Baloch said in a release earlier this month.

The company, which has processed e-scrap for a number of years, says its CRT pricing "is expected to be quite competitive with other options" and claims it will be able to process 15,000 tons of CRT glass each year. Production will start either in late October or early November, said the company's vice president of sales and marketing, Mark Medic. Testing has shown the tiles "pass the hazardous waste test for all substances," according to the company.

Medic noted that there are "serious limitations" when it comes to current outlets for U.S. glass, a situation that is expected to worsen if Videocon, the lone glass-to-glass recycling option, discontinues processing glass as some in the industry have speculated.

Com2 had been sending glass downstream to Videocon, but began developing its own process once it became clear the firm "wasn't going to be in the CRT business much longer," Medic said.

The announcement comes on the heels of the U.S. EPA's approval of the tile manufacture process, which is also being employed in Spain through Camacho Recycling, as "legitimate recycling." While noting that states had the authority to issue more stringent policies, the federal stance is expected to trickle down to local governments attempting to handle the CRT-dominant consumer electronics waste stream.

Coms's Carol Stream facility is certified to the R2:2008 standard, according to the certification website. The company's Mississauga, Ontario facility is certified to both R2 and e-Stewards.

Com2's emergence in the CRT recycling field comes as the space continues to expand. Com2's Illinois competitor Kuusakoski U.S. is working with a landfill to turn glass into alternative daily cover – a process the federal EPA, many states and both certification standards deem disposal, not recycling – while Nulife Glass and Closed Loop Refining and Recovery are taking on glass feedstock in preparation to run CRT glass smelting operations. Another company, newcomer Recovered Energy, has plans to process glass using plasma processing at sites in Idaho and Florida.

Com2 says it was able to secure financing from a bank for the $1.2 million to $1.5 million project.


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Wide world of e-scrap

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:29
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 9, 2014

Australian authorities have recently uncovered a number of export containers holding old electronics without proper permits, and a short film available online attaches a human face to the Ghana e-scrap issue.

The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported authorities in Australia have over the past five years intercepted 21 containers holding used electronics that were being shipped from the nation to ports in Africa and Asia without proper hazardous waste permits. Australian officials have not prosecuted any individuals or firms in connection with the attempted shipments, however.

A nine-minute documentary about the daily activities of a group of teenage boys surviving in an infamous e-scrap dumping ground in Ghana has been moving across the Web recently. The film is called "Regolith" and was created by Image Fiction Films.

A story in the U.K.-based Guardian recently delved into the range of technologies being developed by researchers and companies around the globe to try to make the valuable components inside of mobile devices more easily recoverable once the gadgets reach end-of-life. The story details modular phone concepts from Google as well as a group called Clever in the U.K. Another intriguing development is the EU's Associated European Research and Technology Organisations (AERTOs) project, which is developing systems to separate mobile device components using water, chlorine and even mushrooms.

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