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Prince Edward Island residents recover 3,300 tons of e-scrap

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:15
Prince Edward Island residents recover 3,300 tons of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 23, 2015

Residents of Prince Edward Island, one of Canada's smallest provinces, recovered more than 3,300 tons of e-scrap over the past five years.

Islanders turned in an average of nearly 10 pounds of e-scrap per year, one of the highest rates in the country, according to Electronic Product Recycling Association (EPRA), an industry-funded stewardship group.

EPRA officials joined with others in Charlottetown on July 21 to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the province's electronics collection and recycling program. The anniversary comes as nearby New Brunswick province moves forward with its own stewardship program for e-scrap.

Prince Edward Island, which has a population of 146,000, launched its program in July 2010. At 2,185 square miles, Prince Edward Island is the smallest Canadian province by land area. It also has the lowest cost per metric ton of material, at $985, according to a 2014 EPRA report.

"Islanders can and should be proud of what's been achieved here over the last five years," Robert Mitchell, provincial minister of Communities, Land and Environment, stated in a press release. "This level of commitment to responsibly recycling electronics is a true reflection of their belief in being responsible stewards of our beautiful province."

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E-Scrap 2015: Act now to save on hotel rates

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:14
E-Scrap 2015: Act now to save on hotel rates

July 23, 2015

Between pre- and post-conference workshops, early morning sessions, networking opportunities and evening receptions, E-Scrap 2015 will feature hours of potentially business-boosting activity. All events will be held exclusively at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. To get the most out of your conference experience, we recommend you stay at the host hotel, where thousands of recycling professionals will be an open door away.

Your room reservation at the conference host hotel also ensures lower registration rates for current and future conferences.

To receive the conference discount room rate of $175 plus taxes for single/double occupancy, hotel reservations must be made by Aug. 11. The discount rate is available for the dates of Aug. 31 - Sept. 3.

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E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 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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Processors say Illinois law ignores CRT recycling options

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:14
Processors say Illinois law ignores CRT recycling options

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 23, 2015

An industry group has criticized a recently signed bill modifying the e-scrap law in Illinois, saying the state failed to account for existing recycling outlets for CRT glass.

In a letter sent to the Illinois EPA on July 20, a group consisting of 13 electronics recycling companies, including some of the industry's most prominent, argues House Bill 1455 assumes "CRT glass is not recyclable."

Information from regional glass processors shows "this is not the case," the group said.

The following companies signed onto the letter: AVA Recycling, Cascade Asset Management, CJD E-Cycling, Com2 Recycling Solutions, Comprenew, ECS Refining, Electronic Recyclers International, E-Scrap Technologies, Genesis Electronics Recycling, Global Environmental Services, Novotec, Sims Recycling Solutions and Supply-Chain Services.

The bill in question was signed into law by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on July 10. In addition to increasing manufacturer recycling obligations under the state program, HB 1455 explicitly allows recycling companies in Illinois to "place glass in a retrievable storage cell, in a manner that allows it to be retrieved in the future, at a e-waste disposal site."

The bill had been framed by its supporters as a way to help alleviate the challenges local communities face in handling and recycling old CRT devices.

The storage approach, which is now being offered by Kuusakoski Recycling at a Peoria, Ill. landfill, is approved by the Illinois EPA. The letter from processors does not specifically mention the retrievable storage concept. However, it states that "allowing a landfilling provision under the guise of recycling deceives the citizens of Illinois and dishonors their best intentions to recycle."

According to the group, CRT glass recycling outlets exist in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky and have the annual capacity to recover more than 90,000 tons per year of the material. The letter points out the Illinois' e-scrap program in 2014 generated 10,325 tons of it in 2014.

"Illinois has one the best recycling markets in the U.S.," the letter states.

Illinois EPA spokesperson Kim Biggs this week told E-Scrap News HB 1455 was created as a stopgap.

"In late 2014, stakeholders expressed several concerns regarding the current issues facing the electronic recycling program," Biggs stated. "As a result of those concerns and others, HB 1455 was created to address these problems as a short-term solution."

Biggs added a long-term strategy will "hopefully" emerge as a result of planned discussions with stakeholders later this year. The goal would be to produce a report spelling out "any necessary modifications" sent to Gov. Rauner in early 2016.

The group behind this week's letter says it will make its viewpoints heard during a July 29 public hearing regarding the state program.

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California e-scrap firm pursues its first refinery

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:14
California e-scrap firm pursues its first refinery

By Jared Paben, E-Scrap News

July 23, 2015

California e-scrap processing firm Arrow Recovery received an approval to build what would be its first metals refining operation.

The company plans to erect two buildings totaling nearly 72,000 square feet in the Los Angeles-area city of Fontana. Arrow Recovery, headquartered in the Bay Area, purchased the property in October 2014, according to county property records.

The company is different from Arrow Value Recovery, a more prominent industry company that is part of publicly traded Arrow Electronics.

The Fontana Planning Commission on July 21 voted 3-0 to approve Arrow Recovery's permits for land development. The company must still obtain several permits and approvals from other government agencies.

One building would house the e-scrap receiving and sorting operations, and the other would house the refining functions, which include using various hazardous chemicals to extract valuable metals from e-scrap.

Dan Boronkay, a project manager at Arrow, told the Fontana commission the effort would be the company's first precious-metals refinery. He estimated the operation would employ 20 people to start.

Construction could begin in the fall and is estimated to take six months, according to a staff report from city planners.

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Wide world of e-scrap

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:13
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 23, 2015

A video takes a look at e-scrap in western Africa, and Vietnam begins to tackle its rising e-scrap stream.

Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has put together a video on the challenges and opportunities e-scrap presents in west Africa. It highlights a company in the Ivory Coast that collects locally generated cellphones and sends them to France for processing. To view the video, click here.

Vietnam's domestic e-scrap generation is growing 25 percent every year, according to a report in Thanh Nien News. While informal scrap dealers are active and popular in the country, little formal infrastructure exists to handle the stream, which last year produced almost 125,000 tons of end-of-life devices.

Nairobi, Kenya-based sculptor Cyrus Kabiru has begun making a creative line of eyeglasses using e-scrap. On using e-scrap in his "C-Stunners" eyewear line, Kabiru says, "I really love trash." Check out his tumblr page here.

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The Academy is in session at E-Scrap 2015

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:13
The Academy is in session at E-Scrap 2015

July 23, 2015

The upcoming E-Scrap Conference will again feature the E-Scrap Academy, a lineup of expert speakers who will help industry professionals of all experience levels get fully up to speed on the practical processing matters that affect business bottom lines right now.

This year, the E-Scrap Academy will be offered as its own track throughout the conference, giving attendees a chance to take in sessions on the topics most prevalent to their own operations and abilities. Need guidance finding the right industry partners, ushering in certification, designing facility layout or negotiating deals? All that and more will be covered by industry leaders who have been profiting in e-scrap for years.

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

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Certification scorecard

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:13
Certification scorecard

July 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.

ARCOA of Waukegan, Ill. is now certified to the OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 standards.

TechWaste Recycling LLC of Santa Ana, Calif. achieved ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 certification.

KATANA SA of Geneva, Switzerland; Quality Shredding of Deer Park, N.Y.; Shredall Scotland of Glasgow, Scotland; and UNISHRED, Inc. of Oakland Park, Fla. have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

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

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NewsBits from E-Scrap News

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:12
NewsBits

July 23, 2015

A wide-ranging bill that would do away with North Carolina's manufacturer-funded recycling program has failed to make it through the state's House of Representatives. After passing the Senate by a vote of 31-17 earlier this month, the bill was unanimously shot down by the House on Wednesday. Members of the House and Senate are being assembled to come up with a potential compromise bill.

The reuse- and recycling-friendly Fairphone 2 smartphone is officially available for pre-order. The modular phones, which run on an Android operating system, cost under $600 (at current exchange rates) and are expected to ship sometime in November. Fairphone will present on its process at the upcoming E-Scrap Conference in Orlando.

An article on take-home lead contamination risks from e-scrap processing has been published by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Based on research conducted by NIOSH in 2012 at an Ohio CRT glass processing facility, the article points to the importance of mitigating exposure to leaded dust to prevent take-home contamination.

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Industry and supplier news

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:11
Industry and supplier news

July 23, 2015

Electronic Recyclers International has named Rich Calzada the company's first chief technology officer. For more, click here.

Publicly traded Arrow Electronics has announced it will expand its Dallas, Texas operations to handle more mobile devices. For more, click here.

Sims Recycling Solutions has been certified to the CESG Assured Service Sanitisation program in the U.K. For more, click here.

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Global markets examined at E-Scrap 2015

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:06
Global markets examined at E-Scrap 2015

July 16, 2015

The U.S. electronics recycling sector is increasingly influenced by e-scrap developments in other areas of the world, and at the upcoming E-Scrap 2015 conference the international sphere will be fully covered.

One highly anticipated session will feature noted journalist Adam Minter, Basel Action Network chief Jim Puckett and Latin American market expert Ramzy Kahhat. What nations are producing the highest volumes of end-of-life material and where are processing opportunities developing? Those topics and more will be debated and discussed by the diverse trio of experts.

Another conference session will parse out realities on the ground in one of the world's most discussed e-scrap hotspots: Agbogbloshie, Ghana. This captivating panel will feature views from those that are familiar with the scrap yards in Agbogbloshie as well as experts who have extensively researched e-scrap flows.

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

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Foul play suspected in Boston CRT warehouse blaze

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:06
Foul play suspected in Boston CRT warehouse blaze

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 16, 2015

A warehouse full of CRT TVs and monitors in Massachusetts has burned down in a suspected case of arson.

The warehouse, located in Brockton, Mass. and operated by CRT Recycling, Inc. (CRTR), went up in flames July 11, requiring fire crews to work for several hours to put out the fire.

The Massachusetts State Fire Department has determined the fire "was intentionally set," according to a report from Boston TV news station WCVB. No one was believed to be injured as a result of the four-alarm blaze, but the 24,000-square-foot warehouse and its contents, including thousands of televisions and computer monitors, were irreparably damaged, according to the report.

The Basel Action Network (BAN) has raised concerns about the environmental and human health risks posed by the fire.

"The fire blew a wide plume of pollutants over nearby residential areas and a shopping center," BAN stated in a press release. "The burning of TVs and monitors creates very toxic and carcinogenic smoke and fumes containing brominated dioxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons."

In 2009, BAN reported CRTR was found to be illegally shipping CRTs to Indonesia and China.

CRTR's owner Peter Kopcych did not provide a comment by press time.

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CORRECTION: North Carolina bill aims to dismantle e-scrap program

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:05
CORRECTION: North Carolina bill aims to dismantle e-scrap program

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

July 16, 2015

A bill that's passed through North Carolina's Senate would repeal the state's electronics recycling program.

House Bill 765, which passed North Carolina's Senate by a vote of 31-17 last week and aims to cut a number of regulatory provisions beyond those dealing with e-scrap, now sits in the House Committee for the Environment. The 23-member committee is expected to meet July 21 to discuss the legislation and hear public comment.

Counties with e-scrap recycling programs already in place are fearful the bill, which calls for an end of the state's manufacturer-funded electronics recycling structure, will lead to six-figure collection costs for local governments and a possible cutting back of services.

"Rough cost estimates can be greater than $100,000 each year based on our current tonnage," Eric Gerringer, the recycling programs manager for Orange County, North Carolina, told E-Scrap News. "Whether or not we reduce services is something we would need to review."

Orange County is located in the Raleigh-Durham area and includes the municipality of Chapel Hill.

Lisa Rider, the assistant director of coastal Onslow County's solid waste department, says while she's committed to continuing to provide recycling services, annual costs could exceed $150,000 to do so.

"It's going to be up to us to figure out how we're going to cover that expense," Rider said.

North Carolina's current e-scrap program requires manufacturers of computers and televisions to pay annual program fees of up to $17,500 to help fund community-based collection and recycling programs and events for end-of-life electronics. TV manufacturers also pay the full recycling cost for tonnages of material based on national market share.

Those fees and quotas have allowed counties in the state to receive free or low-cost recycling services from a number of local and national processors.

If the bill were to become law, manufacturer fees and recycling requirements would be eliminated. Rider of Onslow County said a trailer-load of materials would cost the county $5,000 to $6,000 to handle "where before, it was free."

Molly Diggins, the director of the North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club, said the e-scrap program, in place since July 2010, "has been a resounding success."

"It's convenient, it's free for consumers, it's available for all 100 counties in North Carolina and it has addressed an important environmental need," Diggins said. "From talking to members in the House, we know they're hearing a fair amount about this bill from local governments that are very concerned, and they're hearing from recycling companies themselves."

Diggins said the "House is perhaps not seeing why we need to make this change – that doesn't mean they won't, but they at least think the question should be asked."

Introduced in April as a one-page bill regarding restrictions for load-bearing vehicles on state highways, the nearly 60-page bill now known as the Regulatory Reform Act of 2015 has undergone a sizable makeover since its initial introduction.  The bill calls for a number of cuts to "unnecessary or outdated statutes or regulations," among them the state's electronics recycling program.

North Carolina's landfill ban on electronics would not be repealed under the legislation, which was introduced by Rep. Pat McElrath, a Republican who represents a district near North Carolina's northern coast.

McElrath did not return a request for comment.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) was opposed to the N.C. legislation.  It should be noted that ERI has never commented on its position.  E-Scrap News regrets the error.

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NYC apartment program covers 1 million residents

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:05
NYC apartment program covers 1 million residents

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 16, 2015

More than 1 million residents of the Big Apple are now signed up for an apartment-based e-scrap recycling program.

Such hyper-local collection service is key in a city where more than half of inhabitants don't own cars.

“That we now regularly provide responsible, effective recycling for more than a million New Yorkers’ electronic waste is a huge accomplishment," John Shegerian, chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), stated in a press release.

The e-cycleNYC program is a partnership between ERI and the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY). It is funded by electronics manufacturers. Through the program, buildings with 10 or more units can store e-scrap in a secure, enclosed area and schedule pick-ups. Buildings with 50 or more units can receive a locked bin in which to store the material, and those with 250 or more apartments can work with the program to schedule outdoor e-scrap collection events.

Officials celebrated the program's million-person mark at a press event on July 15 in New York City. The program did its first collection at North Shore Towers in Queens less than two years ago.

“The e-cycleNYC program represents the most innovative and comprehensive electronics recycling service offered in the nation,” DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia stated in the press release. “The program is a true partnership with support from manufacturers as well as both labor and property owners. We’re proud to have set an example for the entire nation and look forward to the continued success of this important initiative.”

During the 2014 fiscal year, the program collected an average of 400 pounds per day of e-scrap, or roughly 73 tons over the course of a year, according to city statistics.

In New York, the vast majority of e-scrap is still collected through other means, including through city-run collection events, the city's internal collection program and take-backs from nonprofit organizations and retailers. Those other methods collected an average of 8 tons per day in 2014, or more than 2,900 tons over the course of the year.

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EU resolution encourages support for product repair

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:05
EU resolution encourages support for product repair

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 16, 2015

Members of the European Parliament have signaled their belief that repairing and refurbishing products, including electronics, will prove key to Europe's circular economy aspirations.

A committee of the European Parliament approved a resolution asking for a mandatory 70 percent recycling target for all European Union countries by 2030. The request was made to the EU's executive branch, the European Commission, which is tasked with proposing and enforcing legislation.

In addition to overall recycling rate targets, the resolution includes various statements pertinent to the e-scrap recycling sector. It urges the commission to do the following:

  • Consider lower taxes on repair services and higher taxes on non-recyclable, single-use products
  • Develop measures against planned obsolescence and to develop product standards that facilitate dismantling, refurbishment and repair
  • Take steps to ensure "parts containing hazardous substances are clearly identified in product manuals to facilitate separation of those parts prior to recycling"
  • Require information from manufacturers on what resources a product contains
  • Propose requirements that public agencies give purchasing preference to reused, repaired, refurbished or otherwise sustainable products

The resolution, called "On Resource Efficiency: Moving Towards a Sustainable Economy," comes as the European Commission reviews comments and develops its circular economy proposal late in 2015. The new strategy will include a proposed law on waste and recycling targets.

In 2014, the commission approved recommended targets but withdrew the package this year so it could work on a more ambitious strategy, according to the commission's environment department.



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Certification scorecard

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:04
Certification scorecard

July 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.

Powerhouse Recycling of Salisbury, N.C. is now certified to the e-Stewards standard.

Citadel Information Management of Westmont, Ill. has achieved NAID Certification for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

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

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NewsBits from E-Scrap News

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:04
NewsBits

July 16, 2015

A recently released smartphone app helps St. Petersburg, Fla. residents connect with services to accept their e-scrap for reuse or recycling. Called St. Pete Collects, the desktop and mobile app provides users with drop-off locations and a phone number they can call to schedule a curbside pickup of e-scrap. The city is paying $14,000 per year for the app, which was developed by ReCollect Systems, Inc.

The Illinois governor has signed an e-scrap bill boosting collection and recycling targets over the next few years. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill July 10, and the bill became effective that day. It previously passed unanimously out of both chambers but its signing was delayed by a standoff between the Republican governor and the Democratic Party-controlled General Assembly over the state budget.

Al Jazeera has published an interactive essay focused on the issues of e-scrap, particularly how it affects Agbogbloshie, an area in Accra, Ghana. In video, text and photos, the feature, "E-Waste Republic," explores the international movement of scrap, the local reuse market and the detrimental health effects some practices, such as burning, have on locals.

The state of Virginia has awarded a statewide contract to erase data and recycle electronics to C2 Management. The Berryville, Va. company was one of three to receive contracts to handle used electronics from state agencies.

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Industry and supplier news

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:03
Industry and supplier news

July 16, 2015

Global Experience Specialists (GES) has achieved level two certification under APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards, being the first general service contractor to be certified to an international sustainability standard for the meeting and event industry. GES is the general service contractor for trade show logistics at conferences produced by Resource Recycling, Inc., including the E-Scrap Conference. For more, click here.

Battery stewardship organization Call2Recycle has hired Tim Michaels as its managing director of operations. He has more than 15 years of experience and is known for expertise in logistics, process improvement and operations management. For more, click here.

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PACE group prepares to reopen battery talks

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:21
PACE group prepares to reopen battery talks

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

July 9, 2015

A working group of the Basel Convention has set a preliminary timetable for advancing the discussion surrounding the potential usability of laptop batteries currently deemed non-working under the international trade agreement.

At present, the Convention requires a laptop battery to hold at least an hour of battery life for it to be considered a working and reusable component of a computer. Any battery unable to meet that minimum run-time requirement, however, is automatically deemed non-working, often along with the device it powers, and unfit for further reuse and resale.

While the U.S. has not ratified the Convention, the 183 countries that have are in theory restricted in what they can and cannot accept for reuse from U.S. recycling firms and refurbishers. Lowering the battery run-time requirements, advocates say, could enhance reuse and help free up working computers, including those in the U.S., with less-than-perfect batteries.

"It's become very clear that the one-hour limit is an impediment to reuse," Willie Cade, a subcommittee chair on the Convention working group PACE (Partnership on Computing Equipment), told E-Scrap News. "It's just not working."

PACE, which was formed in 2008 in part to recommend amendments and changes to the Convention's computing equipment guidelines, is aiming to jumpstart talks on those battery requirements. A document circulating around the industry suggests a four-step process to garner consensus on a change -- or keeping things as-is -- is expected to be employed over the next 18 months.

First, PACE members will compose a discussion paper and questionnaire covering the issues surrounding battery lifespans and current Convention rules. Once approved, PACE will send the paper and questionnaire to all Convention parties.

Once countries have responded to the questionnaire, PACE will review the findings as the third step in the process and potentially conduct further research into the issue. Once that is completed, the group will make a "recommendation based on discussions and results" as the fourth and final step in the process.

If all goes smoothly, PACE expects a decision to be made in less than two years. While Cade said it would be "premature" to discuss the chances of a change, or a recommended battery life minimum, he said laptops rely on batteries just 2 percent of the time, while the rest of the time they remain plugged in.

The Basel Action Network, which is part of PACE, said in November of 2014 it would be open to a "more liberal interpretation" of battery requirements under the trade agreement.

Battery requirements under the Convention were last reviewed and upheld by PACE in 2012.

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Intercon suit against BAN moves forward

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:21
Intercon suit against BAN moves forward

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

July 9, 2015

An appeals court has let a long-simmering lawsuit against the Basel Action Network go forward.

In a decision reached on June 29, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago affirmed an earlier ruling in granting Intercon Solutions the right to have its defamation case against the watchdog group heard by a state court. BAN had been hoping to have that ruling overturned based on an anti-SLAPP law in Washington, where the group is based, but appeals judges cited a recent case there that found the statute unconstitutional and therefore "unenforceable" under Illinois law.

Anti-SLAPP laws are intended to protect parties from defamation lawsuits brought forth "not to prevail, but to impose on the speaker the costs of defense, which can be substantial," the ruling explains.

While Illinois has its own anti-SLAPP law in place, BAN's legal team chose to invoke Washington's statute in the appeals court to challenge Intercon's case, which alleges the group knowingly made false statements to the media, public and its competitors in denying the firm's certification in 2011.

According to BAN, Intercon was found to be illegally exporting hazardous waste, including CRT devices, to Hong Kong. The company has denied those allegations.

BAN's executive director Jim Puckett said in a statement the suit was "designed to harass BAN in order to make us fearful of telling the truth about unscrupulous industry behavior."

"Now that the law we based our appeal upon has been repealed, we look forward to presenting our evidence to a court of law and defending ourselves and our First Amendment rights to tell the truth," Puckett said.

Intercon did not return a request for comment.

The case will now head back to its originating state court, the Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois, where the trial will be heard by judge Virginia Kendall.

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Flat panel display recycling the next crisis? Find out at E-Scrap 2015

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:21
Flat panel display recycling the next crisis? Find out at E-Scrap 2015

July 9, 2015

With end-of-life CRT devices continuing to cause headaches nationwide, industry insiders are beginning to wonder whether we'll be facing a similar challenge when substantial volumes of flat panel display devices start to enter the e-scrap stream.

At this year's E-Scrap Conference in Orlando, E-Scrap News reporter Bobby Elliott will take up that concern head-on. Generation numbers will be detailed, processing technologies will be assessed and keys to handling the mercury-laden devices will be explored. Will stockpiling occur? Has it already? Do you have a chance to avoid a crisis altogether? Find out how to stay on top of those pressing questions and more at E-Scrap 2015.

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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