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National refurb conference rebrands

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 22:45
National refurb conference rebrands

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Jan. 22, 2015

North America’s sole computer and electronics refurbishment conference has been given a new name that better reflects its attendees, goals and program.

The International Computer Refurbisher Summit will now be called the Electronics Reuse Conference.

"As the reuse market has grown and expanded over the last decade, refurbishers are now hard at work on a variety of electronic devices, not just computers," according to PC Rebuilders & Recyclers, organizer of the conference.

Founded in 2000, the Chicago-based company takes in old computers and other electronics, refurbishes them and sells them to individuals, nonprofit organizations, schools and other organizations. Parts that can’t be reused by the company are recycled.

This year’s Electronics Reuse Conference will take place Nov. 2-4, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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E-Waste Systems finds itself in more hot water

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 22:41
E-Waste Systems finds itself in more hot water

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 22, 2015

Publicly traded E-Waste Systems has been ruled in default in a lawsuit alleging the firm did not pay workers at its former Ohio processing location.

According to court documents reviewed by E-Scrap News, a total of nine employees have joined the suit, which was originally filed on Nov. 25 and alleges E-Waste Systems (EWSI) failed to pay them "and others similarly situated" for hours worked, including overtime, between Oct. 17 and Nov. 18 of 2014. The employees were then promptly laid off without warning or pay, court documents charge.

Judge Timothy S. Black ruled EWSI "in default" on Jan. 15, giving 21 days for representatives of the former EWSI employees, the national labor rights law firm Barkan Meizlish Handelman Goddin Derose Wentz, to "file a motion for final judgement" in the case. According to Black, EWSI "failed to plead or otherwise defend" itself in the case.

EWSI's CEO Martin Nielson and his lawyer, Gary Blum, did not return a request for comment on the case or the standing of the publicly traded company.

EWSI was evicted from the Springdale, Ohio location in question in December after failing to pay rent in September and October and "refusing to leave the premises" thereafter. At the time, the public relations department for the company stressed EWSI was "committed to make a comeback in the Cincinnati area" in addition to preserving its smaller Geneva, New York operation.

Bob DeRose, the lawyer representing the former employees of EWSI, told E-Scrap News there's reason to believe the company's actions in Ohio "was not an isolated event."

According to DeRose, all past employees, including those related to the company's Geneva and global operations, could also be brought into question by the current legal battle.

"We believe their conduct was company-wide," DeRose said. "We don't know how many people EWSI decided not to pay. [But] our lawsuit was worded in such a fashion that it would pick up any employees subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act, in whatever location, in whatever subsidiary, that fell under its umbrella."

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), according to the website of the Department of Labor, "establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State and local governments."

Founded in 2011, EWSI made a name for itself by announcing a slew of international mergers and acquisitions between 2012 and 2014, many of which were promoted as moves that would substantially boost revenues. Consequent financial filings, however, indicated those actions did little, if anything, to overcome continued annual operational losses and declining stock share price. The firm announced a reverse stock split late in 2014 to raise financing for future expansions and growth.

The annual salary of EWSI's Nielson, SEC filings show, is listed at $372,696. One other member of the executive management team, treasurer and vice president Susan Johnson, is listed with an annual salary. Hers was $86,000.

Johnson did not return a request for comment.

The company's online list of key employees includes 15 additional "senior management" officers and advisors.

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Recycling interests play small role in campaign funding

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 22:34
Recycling interests play small role in campaign funding

by Jerry Powell, E-Scrap News

Jan. 22, 2015

Recently elected Congressional members raised hundreds of millions of dollars from individuals and political action committees in the lead-up to voting last November. An analysis of campaign spending records indicates, however, that the recycling industry remains a relatively small player in campaign financing.

To take two examples touching the recycling industry, the political action committee managed by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries contributed $52,500 during this period to more than two dozen federal candidates from both parties and six other campaign committees. The Waste Management employee PAC contributed almost $55,000 to 32 federal candidates and over $37,000 to seven other campaign committees. Compared to the previous election cycle, when ISRI donated over $64,000 to candidates and the WM PAC contributed over $112,000.

As another example, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) was re-elected and will remain the chairman of a key environment subcommittee where waste management and recycling issues may be debated. He raised $1.97 million for his re-election campaign.

Two percent of these monies came from groups and companies with an interest in recycling, such as the ISRI PAC, Waste Management and the Automotive Recyclers Association. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) is the ranking Democrat on this subcommittee and he raised no funds from recycling interests.

A total of $1.54 billion was spent in 2014 Congressional races. Over $1.7 billion was spent in the previous election cycle.


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E-Scrap 2015: Your Labor Day is safe

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 22:30
E-Scrap 2015: Your Labor Day is safe

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Jan. 22, 2015

E-Scrap 2015 is scheduled to take place earlier than in years past – Sept. 1-3, 2015. But fear not, beach goers and grill masters: You won't have to decide between maintaining Labor Day weekend traditions and attending the best networking event in electronics recycling.

In 2015, Labor Day is Sept. 7, the week after E-Scrap 2015. That means you can get to the conference, be home in time to share all you learned with colleagues and then have your usual Labor Day fun.

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

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Patent watch

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 22:26
Patent watch

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Jan. 22, 2015

Tokyo-based JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation was given Patent No. 8,911,533 for a method of recovering precious metals from scrap electronics.

Ricoh Company, Ltd., also of Tokyo, was awarded Patent No. 8,929,780 for a method of recycling toner-containing printer and copier cartridges.

Patent Application No. 20140311294, which describes a method of recovering rare earth elements, was given to The University of Houston System in Texas.

Fuel cell recycling is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140326809 given to Dresden, Germany's Adensis GmbH.

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

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


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Certification scorecard

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 22:12
Certification scorecard

Jan. 22, 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.

Asset Management & Disposal d/b/a RetirePC of Richardson, Texas achieved certification to the following standards: ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

Legal Shred Inc. of Gibsonton, Florida and The Paper Predator by DDC of Kentucky of Shelbyville, Kentucky 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, email 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

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 21:44
NewsBits

Jan. 22, 2015

Intel, the big computer chip producer, says PC prices may decline slightly in 2015. This will put continued competitive pressure on e-scrap processors that resell old PCs. With fast and capable laptops currently selling for under $200 each, resellers already confront tight margins, especially for those units requiring refurbishment. Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO, now says PC prices may dip a bit more in the coming months. One reason for the possible decline is that the average price of Intel chips fell three percent in the last quarter of 2014.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, National Football League and Verizon kicked off festivities early this year by hosting the second annual E-Waste Recycling Rally in Phoenix, Arizona. The event, which took place Jan. 20 and ran for the most of the day, allowed residents to bring in a wide range of electronics for free, including televisions, laptops and cellphones.

Good for the environment? Yes. But e-scrap recycling is also good for national security, according to this piece at Forbes.com. Electronics shipped overseas can later end up as counterfeit new parts in the U.S. defense supply chain, potentially compromising military equipment’s safety or reliability.

The global e-waste management market may experience a compound annual growth rate of nearly 24 percent through 2020, according to a new report by Allied Market Research. The report says the market may reach $49.4 billion by 2020. About 57.7 million tons of e-scrap were generated in 2013, according to the study.

Two bills that aim to increase e-scrap recycling have been introduced in the Texas Legislature: One requiring large retailers to accept electronics for recycling and another to make it illegal to throw e-scrap in the garbage. Both failed to advance through the legislature last session. Texas already has an extended producer responsibility program for some end-of-life electronics.

The Australian City of Port Augusta is investigating a series of e-scrap dumping grounds located throughout the coastal locale. All told, investigators have narrowed in on 20 sites where numerous electronics have been discarded illegally, and members of Port Augusta's City Council are examining ways to cut down on the practice and encourage recycling instead.

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PC market continues downward spell

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:13
PC market continues downward spell

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 15, 2015

Despite strong showings from top device makers, worldwide shipments of PCs failed to improve in 2014.

According to research firm IDC, global shipments of PCs during the year fell by 2.1 percent and totaled 308 million units. Those numbers are roughly in line with last week's projections by Gartner, which reported 318 million units shipped in 2014.

2014 marks the third consecutive year of declining volumes, IDC analysts say, with tablet and smartphone markets continuing to chip away at demand for PCs. Such trends indicate a future e-scrap stream dominated by mobile devices.

Four of the top five market leaders in the PC arena did see year-over-year growth. Lenovo, with close to 60 million units shipped in 2014, continued to lead the pack in overall shipments and saw a 10.1 percent boost during the year. HP, a close second to Lenovo in overall shipments, shipped almost 57 million units in 2014, good for an 8.9 percent growth rate. Dell, approaching 42 million units shipped, notched 10.3 percent growth.

Acer Group, representing the fourth most popular vendor in volume, was the only market leader to see volumes drop, shipping just over 24 million units in 2014, or 1.6 percent below 2013 totals. Rounding out the top five list, Apple saw the biggest gains of the year, with nearly 20 million units shipped, 15.7 percent higher than in 2013.

PC companies outside of the top five, IDC research shows, were hit hardest in 2014, accounting for a third of overall device shipments but 17.5 percent fewer than in 2013.

By region, the U.S. and Europe reported growth in 2014, IDC's report suggests, while Asian, Pacific and Japanese markets continued to see year-over-year declines.

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Washington may have reached peak in collection volumes

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 23:22
Washington may have reached peak in collection volumes

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 15, 2015

The preliminary numbers are in, and officials in Washington say it's a good thing lower volumes of electronics were recycled in 2014 than in 2013.

"This is not an indication of a good program in decline nor is it a surprise," E-Cycle Washington said in announcing the 2014 figures. "From the onset in 2009, the Washington State Department of Ecology expected at some point to reach a peak in annual collections knowing that consumers had a significant volume of unused electronics stored in their homes."

E-Cycle Washington reports approximately 44.4 million pounds of electronics were recycled in 2014 through the state's e-scrap program, which is funded by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For comparison, about 45.2 million pounds of e-scrap were diverted in 2013.

The main cause of the 1.8 percent decline appears to be falling computer monitor volumes and stabilizing TV totals. Just 5.1 million pounds of monitors were recycled in 2014 compared with 6.4 million pounds in 2013, while growth of TV recycling by weight was just 1.5 percent year-over-year after increasing by nearly 11 percent between 2012 and 2013.

Together, monitors and TVs still made up 93 percent of the weight collected through Washington's program during 2014.

Miles Kuntz, E-Cycle Washington's program manager, suspects soon-to-be-released numbers will indicate the program is taking in more flat panel devices and fewer of the heavy CRT products. In-depth figures showing collection totals by product type will be shared soon by the Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority (WMMFA), the group responsible for coordinating OEM recycling efforts.

"I think those estimates could be very interesting," Kuntz said. "If overall CRT poundage is falling and flat screen poundage is increasing – and I think that is the case – it will be a pretty good indicator that the backlog of consumer electronics coming out of storage has peaked."

WMMFA did not return a request for comment.

Since the program started in 2009, E-Cycle Washington efforts have led to the collection of nearly 52 million pounds of monitors and more than 180 million pounds of TVs. The vast majority of that volume has come in the form of CRT devices, the nemesis of most state programs due to the high cost and labor involved with getting them properly recycled.

Unlike most other state programs, Washington's program does not set individual recycling goals for manufacturers to meet each year. Instead, Washington's program requires OEMs, under the WMMFA, to fund the recycling of all electronics garnered through the program's drop-off sites and collection events.

According to Kuntz, WMMFA has remained active in promoting the program and boosting drop-off sites.

"The number of collection sites actually increased very slightly from 2013 to 2014," Kuntz said. "The WMMFA has done a good job of advertising the program over the years through a variety of methods."

If state officials are accurate in their analysis of annual data, Washington's e-scrap program could be one of the first in the nation to have worked through its backlog of CRT devices. While estimates vary on the remaining tonnages throughout the country, the Consumer Electronics Association last year suggested 3.5 million tons of CRT devices still need to be recycled.

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Nulife announces second US facility

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 23:17
Nulife announces second US facility

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 15, 2015

Nulife Glass is investing close to $6 million to build a CRT glass processing facility in Virginia.

The $5.9 million deal was announced by Virginia's governor, Terry McAuliffe, and promoted as a big jobs lift for the City of Bristol, where Nulife will set up shop in a former food processing facility.

"I am thrilled to announce this new project for the City of Bristol, which will create new jobs in a region that has experienced challenging economic headwinds," Gov. McAuliffe said. "In order to build a new Virginia economy, we must continue to recruit innovative companies like Nulife Glass to locate in the commonwealth."

Nulife, which is currently installing a furnace to process CRT glass at its facility in Dunkirk, New York, expects to hire 46 employees in Bristol, located in the relatively sparsely populated southwest section of Virginia near the Tennessee border. Nulife is based in the U.K.

Simon Greer, the company's president and CEO, told E-Scrap News the company will begin accepting CRT glass as soon as next month, with plans to install a furnace once Nulife gets proper air permits. Greer expects that process could take up to 8 months.

"We’re excited to be opening this new operation in Bristol," Greer said of the new site.

In addition to receiving glass and intact CRT tubes, which the company will demanufacture, the Bristol site will also serve as a manufacturing hub, using recycled, "de-leaded" glass in a variety of "building products," Greer noted.

Nulife's approach to recycling CRT glass differs somewhat from traditional smelters, which are only able to recover the lead from the leaded glass. According to the company, Nulife manages to recover both the lead and the glass for sale and use in future products by using a proprietary "pyrochemical process."

As part of the company's own $5.9 investment in the operation, Nulife also received $110,000 in grant funding from the Governor's Opportunity Fund and $190,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

According to Greer, the Bristol furnace will have a lifespan of about eight years, handling an estimated 5,000 tons of CRT glass annually. The company expects to continue to build similar, strategically placed operations throughout the U.S.

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ERI, Wharton School forge learning partnership

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 21:46
ERI, Wharton School forge learning partnership

By Jared Paben, E-Scrap News

Jan. 15, 2015

A partnership between one of the nation’s top business schools and one of the largest e-scrap companies aims to yield real-world solutions to electronics recycling problems.

The Wharton School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) has partnered with Electronic Recyclers International (ERI). The Wharton School is part of the University of Pennsylvania.

“To me, what greater opportunity and honor could there be than this?” John Shegerian, ERI chairman and CEO, said in an interview. “The next generation of sustainability leaders are at great educational institutions like Wharton. So there’s no greater opportunity than for me to have a role there and have a chance to further evangelize [about] e-waste recycling and all the benefits when it comes to energy, resource management and resource retention and cyber security and corporate responsibility.”

The goal isn’t just to inspire the next generation of sustainability leaders, but to hire some of them when they graduate, according to Shegerian.

“The next generation is so on fire for sustainability and what that means for making the world a better place,” he said.

Through the partnership, the organizations will share information with each other, as well as analyze ERI’s innovations. ERI plans to invite students to tour a facility. The only monetary exchange will be ERI’s plans to hire professors to help produce white papers, according to Shegerian.

Shegerian has also been given a seat on the IGEL Advisory Board.

Partnerships with industry leaders are essential to IGEL’s research, teaching and thought-leadership efforts, Joanne Spigonardo, senior associate director of business development at IGEL, stated in a press release.

“This collaboration can yield practical real-world results and cutting edge solutions for problems ranging from curbing the glut of e-waste entering our waste stream to digital security to electronic recycling best practices in general,” she said.

According to Shegerian, the partnership began not from the top down, but from the bottom up. A year ago, he was in a business meeting with a potential client, who brought along three interns, all from Wharton. He started talking with them, and they followed up with him after the meeting. They introduced him to Spigonardo and urged a partnership with the school.


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PC market continues downward spell

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 21:43
PC market continues downward spell

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 15, 2015

Despite strong showings from top device makers, worldwide shipments of PCs failed to improve in 2014.

According to research firm IDC, global shipments of PCs during the year fell by 2.1 percent and totaled 308 million units. Those numbers are roughly in line with last week's projections by Gartner, which reported 318 million units shipped in 2014.

2014 marks the third consecutive year of declining volumes, IDC analysts say, with tablet and smartphone markets continuing to chip away at demand for PCs. Such trends indicate a future e-scrap stream dominated by mobile devices.

Four of the top five market leaders in the PC arena did see year-over-year growth. Lenovo, with close to 60 million units shipped in 2014, continued to lead the pack in overall shipments and saw a 10.1 percent boost during the year. HP, a close second to Lenovo in overall shipments, shipped almost 57 million units in 2014, good for an 8.9 percent growth rate. Dell, approaching 42 million units shipped, notched 10.3 percent growth.

Acer Group, representing the fourth most popular vendor in volume, was the only market leader to see volumes drop, shipping just over 24 million units in 2014, or 1.6 percent below 2013 totals. Rounding out the top five list, Apple saw the biggest gains of the year, with nearly 20 million units shipped, 15.7 percent higher than in 2013.

PC companies outside of the top five, IDC research shows, were hit hardest in 2014, accounting for a third of overall device shipments but 17.5 percent fewer than in 2013.

By region, the U.S. and Europe reported growth in 2014, IDC's report suggests, while Asian, Pacific and Japanese markets continued to see year-over-year declines.


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Certification scorecard

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 21:35
Certification scorecard

Jan. 15, 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.

Access in Jacksonville, Florida; Access in Kona, Hawaii; Commercial Records Center of El Paso, Texas; Document and Network Technologies of Fenton, Missouri; and UltraShred Technologies, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, Materials Processing Corporation in Mendota Heights, Minnesota has earned its NAID Certification 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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NewsBits

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 21:31
NewsBits

Jan. 15, 2015

Increased recycling of rare earth minerals is threatening China’s monopoly on production of the elements, which are used in everything from smartphones to fishing reels. Other factors quickly reshaping the rare earth sector include the opening of new mines as well as the use of alternative materials and smuggling operations, according to a story by Adam Minter of Bloombergview.com.

A new study found that a majority of counties in Illinois are harmed by the expense of recycling CRTs, according to Pantagraph.com. Of the counties that responded to a survey, nearly one-quarter said they absorbed the additional costs of recycling CRTs in their budgets, and nearly one-third reduced collection locations and events to compensate. Meanwhile, a change to state law has been proposed that would require electronics manufacturers to pay 100 percent – up from the 70 percent – of an electronics recycling goal.

At least one New York recycling company is enjoying a recently enacted law that makes it illegal to throw electronics into the trash. Maven Technologies reported that it is seeing an increase in people recycling electronics since the law went into effect at the beginning of the year. Last year, the company recycled more than 20 million pounds of electronics.

Electronics recycling company 3S International in March will begin operations out of a 68,000-square-foot property in the Detroit, Michigan area. The company uses a recycling technology called Blubox to shred complex electronics, remove toxins and separate materials for resale. 3S International representatives said Blubox, which it developed along with MBT Recycling, was born from the growing volume of flat panel displays and lamps containing mercury entering the waste stream. The company plans to begin operating out of the facility in March.

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Dlubak says Arizona glass piles will be moved

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:37
Dlubak says Arizona glass piles will be moved

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 9, 2015

Dlubak Glass has informed its customers that glass piles outside a closed Arizona CRT processing operation will wind up moving to end markets. The site has drawn regulatory scrutiny of late.

In a Dec. 5 letter, a company executive stated, "Dlubak has been finalizing transportation to various end customers."

According to Dlubak's director, Herb Schall, glass stored at the Yuma, Arizona site is "processed, furnace-ready soda lime glass, of which roughly 2,000 tons contain lead oxide."

Soda lime glass is a common type of glass found in windowpanes, containers and bottles.

From Schall's description, it is unclear whether the glass in Arizona is all CRT glass, including 2,000 tons of leaded funnel glass, or whether the glass stored there is mixed glass.

Schall did not return a request for comment.

According to the company website, the Yuma site in question is a former CRT glass processing plant. It closed in early 2014 and the company has received pressure from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to properly manage the glass stored there and correct a series of environmental infractions.

At press time, ADEQ has not responded to a request for comment.

A quiet but substantial presence in the CRT recycling landscape, Dlubak's processing business supplies recycled leaded glass cullet to a variety of markets. The company continues processing CRT glass at its Upper Sandusky, Ohio location.

Ohio EPA documents obtained by E-Scrap News show the agency is in the process of reviewing annual data from Dlubak to determine whether it has met its yearly obligation to recycle 75 percent of its glass inventory in Ohio. According to Ohio EPA spokesperson Dina Pierce, more information has been requested from Dlubak "before making a determination whether they have met the 75 percent rule."

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Plastics Recycling 2015: All about e-plastics

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:35
Plastics Recycling 2015: All about e-plastics

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Jan. 9, 2015

North America's largest plastics recycling conference will offer some useful knowledge to e-scrap players.

Plastics Recycling 2015, set for next month in Dallas, will offer an exclusive first look at In-depth research on the plastics recovered from scrap electronics. This original data-compiling project investigates where e-plastic discards are being generated and where they’re going once they are processed.

A critical analysis of e-plastics consumption, recovery and recycling will be offered, and it will be accompanied by strategies that firms can employ to overcome e-plastic profitability challenges.

Plastics Recycling 2015 is taking place Feb. 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas. Head to plasticsrecycling.com for all the information on attending, exhibiting and sponsoring.


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EPA: States decide whether CRT-to-ADC is recycling

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:33
EPA: States decide whether CRT-to-ADC is recycling

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 9, 2015

Pressed to take a stance on whether treated CRT glass used as alternative daily cover can be considered recycling, the U.S. EPA left it to individual states to make the call.

In a letter sent to certification body e-Stewards, U.S. EPA states, "The decision whether use of treated CRT glass as ADC does or does not constitute recycling is a decision best left up to individual states based on a consideration of specific circumstances."

EPA received a formal request on Oct. 31 from e-Stewards to make the judgement. EPA had previously issued a statement that called the ADC option disposal, and the October request by e-Stewards appears to have been an effort to further clarify the decision.

Jim Puckett, e-Stewards' executive director, did not return a request for comment on EPA's response.

Kuusakoski U.S. has been using treated CRT funnel glass as ADC at a landfill in Peoria, Illinois since 2013. The approach has generated widespread industry debate about whether the process should be considered recycling or disposal. With few domestic recycling outlets for CRT glass, environmental officials in Illinois and Vermont have decided to count collected pounds bound for ADC as recycling. Several other states have deemed the method disposal, meaning original equipment manufacturers cannot count any tonnages sent to ADC toward their collection quotas in those states.

The practice has been permitted by e-Stewards only as a last resort among its members, and if the option is exercised, the pounds are considered disposal (not recycling) in the eyes of the certificaiton body.

Administrators of the R2 standard, meanwhile, have banned the approach altogether.

Last year Kuusakoski announced an alternative plan. Instead of using treated glass as ADC, the company is looking into storing the material in a mineable cell for future recovery.

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Three more years of Videocon CRT demand?

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:31
Three more years of Videocon CRT demand?

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 9, 2015

An industry executive with ties to the lone remaining glass-to-glass CRT recycling operation says the company, Videocon, will be continuing to manufacture CRT TVs and monitors for at least another three years.

If accurate, such a time frame would provide breathing room for U.S. companies needing to move collected glass downstream.

"The CRT market is likely to exist for three years, if not more," Albino Bessa, president of Videocon glass supplier Technologies Displays Americas, told E-Scrap News.

Bessa said global demand for the Videocon's line of CRT TVs is compensating for a shrinking Indian market.

"Videocon is not aiming at the Indian market only," Bessa said. "Its glass production caters to the global market. And the global market is being served accordingly."

Bessa would not say the degree to which Videocon's current CRT business is supported by non-Indian buyers, but he noted that "combined volumes are high."

Videocon is the only company in the world that still recycles old CRTs to make new ones, operating the glass-to-glass process at its facility in Bharuch, India. It has become a much-used CRT recycling outlet for U.S. e-scrap companies in recent years, and the question of how long the company would continue to show demand for CRT glass has lingered over the industry.

A November article in The Hindu Business Line noted Videocon's chief operating officer, CM Singh, said the CRT market in India would last at least another year. The statement sparked a post on the blog of e-scrap consultant and research firm Transparent Planet .

The Hindu Business Line also mentioned Videocon's possible growing interest in manufacturing flat-panel display televisions. Bessa challenged that notion.

"As far as I know, Videocon is not planning to produce flat panels yet ," he said, adding that most of India is still unable to afford the higher price tag of the sleeker models.

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Tablets expected to experience slow growth in 2015

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:29
Tablets expected to experience slow growth in 2015

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Jan. 9, 2015

Research firm Gartner is anticipating demand for tablets to slow in 2015 while the global PC market could see its first signs of growth in years.

In a Jan. 5 update to previous expectations for 2015 tablet, PC and device markets, Gartner writes that shipments of tablets in 2015 will grow by 8 percent, while PC shipments will increase by 1 percent.

According to the U.K.-based firm, 233 million tablets will be shipped during the year compared to the 216 million that shipped in 2014.

Ranjit Atwal, Gartner research director, says the years of double-digit percentage point increases for tablet shipments have been put to rest for several reasons.

"One is that the lifetime of tablets is being extended — they are shared out amongst family members and software upgrades, especially for iOS devices, keep the tablets current," Atwal stated in a press release. "Another factor includes the lack of innovation in hardware which refrains consumers from upgrading."

PC shipments, on the other hand, are predicted to climb to 321 million units in 2015 after coming in at 318 million units in 2014.

Looking at the entire device stream, a category that includes tablets, PCs and smartphones, Gartner says 2.5 billion units will be shipped in 2015. That represents a 4 percent increase from 2014 figures and continues to point to a future e-scrap stream that will be forced to handle growing numbers of individual units.



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Certification scorecard

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:27
Certification scorecard

Jan. 9, 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.

Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is now certified to R2:2013 and RIOS.

Global Electronic Recycling is now certified to the following standards at its Memphis, Tennessee facility: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, R2:2013 and RIOS.

A1 Datashred, LLC of Tewksbury, Massachusetts; ALLMOVE Mobile Shredding of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Citadel Information Management in Westmont, Illinois; DataLock (Div of 3GS, LLC) of Mount Vernon, Illinois; DFW Shredding, Inc. of Plano, Texas; Docu-Depot Inc. of Lasalle, Quebec; Info Dog Security of Spencer, Iowa; Jayhawk File Express, L.L.C. of Topeka, Kansas; Lone Star Shredding & Document Storage (Div of 3GS, LLC) of Mercedes, Texas; Phoenix Recycling Inc. of Winnipeg, Manitoba; SAFESHRED of Commerce, California; Sentry Data Management, LLC of Blackshear, Georgia; Vital Records Control of Florida, LLC of Melbourne, Florida; and Without A Trace Mobile Shredding of Scarborough, Maine 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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