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Spain implements targets for e-scrap reuse

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:43
Spain implements targets for e-scrap reuse

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 26, 2015

The Spanish government will require electronics manufacturers to hit annual targets for the reuse of electronics, in addition to recycling.

Spain is the first European country to require that certain types of electronics be prepared for reuse.

Spain’s Royal Decree 110/2015 requires producers to meet annual weight targets for processing based on their sales. But, starting in January 2017, it also requires them to prepare 2 percent of white goods and 3 percent of other electronics for reuse. Those requirements increase to 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively, starting Aug. 15, 2018.

Repair and reuse is preferable to recycling, the decree preamble states.

The decree is intended to implement specifics laid out in a 2012 European Union directive on managing e-scrap and white goods. That directive, however, did not require countries to implement reuse targets. By August 2016, the European Union plans to study the possible imposition of reuse targets. Spain’s reuse requirements would be revised after the European Commission’s study is published, the decree states.

Under the decree, retailers must accept free of charge e-scrap when a customer buys an equivalent new item, according to an analysis of the decree by the law firm Gomez-Acebo & Pombo. In addition, the decree requires retailers devoting 4,300 square feet or more of their stores to electronics to accept small e-scrap items without requiring the customer to purchase an equivalent, according to the analysis.

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E-Scrap 2015: Register early and save

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:41
E-Scrap 2015: Register early and save

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 26, 2015

The 13th annual E-Scrap Conference is set for early September in Orlando. Savvy industry players know the gathering is an ideal opportunity to bolster business – and they also know not to wait to get signed up.

Register now and you'll score the early-bird registration rate, which can save you up to $100. The value will be even more apparent once you get to Orlando and experience the bustling trade show, expertly curated panel discussions and unique networking opportunities all in one place.

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


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EPEAT removed from federal electronics standards

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:39
UPDATED: EPEAT removed from federal electronics standards

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

March 26, 2015

The White House has issued an updated executive order on federal sustainability practices that noticeably leaves out green electronics standard EPEAT. The standard helps promote the recovery and reuse of many types of devices.

It remains unclear exactly why the feds made the move.

Replacing a 2009 executive order "ensuring procurement preference for EPEAT registered electronic products," the White House's new order, issued on March 19, directs branches of the federal government toward "procurement for environmentally sustainable electronic products." There is no mention of EPEAT in the update.

The federal government – with its many tentacles – is one of the world's largest consumers of electronic devices. Its Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship, developed in the wake of the 2009 executive order, has a stated goal of pushing the federal government to "lead by example" on electronics stewardship.

Robert Frisbee, the CEO of the Green Electronics Council, which manages EPEAT, said he didn't have a clear answer on the government's reason to drop the standard out of its protocol.

"It is surprising to see the EPEAT support left out of the latest executive order," he said in a statement to E-Scrap News. "Many important players including U.S. agencies, private sector institutional purchasers and environmental advocates have been striving to maintain the government’s commitment to EPEAT. This legacy period for the [Obama] administration would seem to provide an opportunity to enhance environmental goals, and this seems contradicted by this order."

The White House's Council on Environmental Quality issued a statement on the development to E-Scrap News. "The executive order establishes sustainability criteria that the federal community should use to help with product selection, management and disposal, and it avoids endorsement or recommendation of any particular non-federal label," the statement read. "The administration will continue to work with private and non-governmental sector standards bodies to ensure the federal community has adequate information to continue to promote electronic stewardship across the Federal government."

The EPEAT standard was formed in 2005 and serves as a global rating system for a wide range of electronics, including computers and televisions.

Products registered to EPEAT are graded on various sustainability criteria, including end-of-life management, repairability and use of recycled content, and are awarded bronze, silver or gold labels based on how many criteria are met.

Frisbee said EPEAT has helped the electronics industry move forward significantly. "A program that has been so effective in moving environmental goals ahead," he said, "without regulation, taxes or mandates … deserves the ongoing support of the administration."

Note: This story was updated to include the statement from the White House's Council on Environmental Quality.

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It takes a village

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:36
It takes a village

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 26, 2015

Effectively managing the country's used electronics stream takes the support and coordination of individual communities. In that vein, we offer a look at developments in municipal e-scrap programs across the country.

A Richmond, Virginia-area county has established permanent drop-off locations for end-of-life electronics recycling. Before the two drop-off locations were established, residents of Goochland County had to wait until an annual electronics take-back day.

The city of Casper, Wyoming has announced it can no longer collect CRT devices due to rising processing costs. According to Cynthia Langston, Casper's solid waste division manager, all collected CRT devices are now being landfilled at a solid waste facility. While landfilling of CRT glass is banned in many states, Keith Guille, public information officer at the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, confirmed with E-Scrap News that "municipal solid waste landfills may dispose of CRTs received from households." According to Guille, "there are few, if any, opportunities to recycle leaded glass from CRTs anymore [in Wyoming]."

E-scrap processing firm eWorks Electronic Services will begin accepting e-scrap from residents of two Long Island towns. The company, based in Freeport, New York, will accept e-scrap at drop-off locations from residents of Northport and Asharoken.

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Certification scorecard

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:35
Certification scorecard

March 26, 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.

Sims Recycling Solutions, Inc. has achieved R2:2013 certification at all of its U.S. processing facilities. The sites are in the following locations: Elkridge, Maryland; Franklin Park, Illinois; Hayward, California; LaVergne, Tennessee; Rancho Dominguez, California; Roseville, California; Tampa, Florida (two sites); Tucson, Arizona; and West Chicago, Illinois.

The Arc of Madison County Shredding Svc. of Huntsville, Alabama; DeCycleIt! Inc. of St. Louis; and Shred Up, Inc. of Brooklyn, New York have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

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


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NewsBits

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:34
NewsBits

March 26, 2015

Gizmodo has a video showing what e-scrap processing looks like at Hugo Neu Recycling, in the New York City area. The video shows the "fate you dream of for your stalled printer or shoebox of old cords you keep in a closet for some reason," according to the tech blog.

According to a new report on the state of recycling in California, 83 percent of the CRT glass collected for recycling in 2013 was shipped to India's glass-to-glass recycling plant, Videocon. The report also notes that "questions have been raised by various organizations as to whether Videocon has sufficient capacity or infrastructure to accommodate the CRTs it receives." Such unknowns have swirled around Videocon for some time. An estimated 44,000 tons of CRT glass was shipped from California to Videocon in 2013, the report suggests.

An e-scrap collection event will be held in conjunction with the final rounds of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Indianapolis next week. The collection effort, a partnership with LG Electronics USA, is one of several moves to make the event “greener,” according to a press release.

Companies working in recycling and packaging design received Supplier Sustainability Awards from AT&T, the company announced. Among the suppliers to AT&T that won awards were an e-scrap processing company, a waste and recycling efficiency consulting company and a packaging designer.

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Tablet shipment growth expected to slow in 2015

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 22:52
Tablet shipment growth expected to slow in 2015

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 19, 2015

Are we seeing the start to a plateau in tablet sales?

After seeing declines near the end of 2014, global tablet shipments are forecast to see little growth this year.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), a total of 234.5 million tablets are expected to ship worldwide in 2015, representing a "modest" 2.1 percent increase over 2014 levels.

Such predictions can help e-scrap recycling companies know what to expect in the reuse and recycling pipeline in the years ahead.

The fourth quarter of 2014 was the first year-over-year quarterly shipment decline on record, which led the IDC to downsize its expectations for 2015.

Still, IDC's senior research analyst, Jitesh Ubrani, said a segment of consumers will remain interested in the larger screen of the tablet.

"Despite the growing popularity of phablets, there still remains a portion of the market that wants to use a larger device so they can tailor their experience to the appropriate screen size," Ubrani said. Phablets are smartphones with large screens, a type of product that has recently gained popularity among consumers.

Long term, IDC sees tablet shipments approaching 270 million units in 2019.

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Broker pleads guilty to shipping CRTs to Asia

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 22:49
Broker pleads guilty to shipping CRTs to Asia

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

March 19, 2015

A Michigan e-scrap broker is facing up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 after pleading guilty to smuggling CRTs and other used electronics abroad.

In an agreement reached between the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) and Lip Bor Ng, also known as Paul Wu, Ng pleaded guilty to knowingly shipping containers of electronics labeled as plastics and metals to Hong Kong and China.

"He falsely declared the commodities as plastic and metal scrap, when, in fact, they contained various types of used electronics and computer components, including cathode-ray tube (CRT) monitors," the announcement from the DOJ reads. "CRT monitors can be considered hazardous waste under certain conditions and thus their export is regulated by EPA."

It is illegal to ship potential hazardous material abroad without the consent of the EPA and the "receiving country," the DOJ statement pointed out.

Ng faces a maximum prison sentence of five years and a potential fine of $250,000, and sentencing is scheduled to take place July 14.

Records filed with Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs indicate Ng's Canton, Michigan-based company L&Y Enterprise was incorporated in July 2010. Mr. Ng is listed as president and owner of L&Y Enterprise. The company remains an active corporation in Michigan.

Ng is also listed as the owner of a property management company, Ridgeland Properties, founded in 2004.

In the plea agreement, three specific instances are singled out as indicative of Ng's wider smuggling operation, which was believed to span 2010 and 2011. Three shipments were intercepted in Long Beach, California and found to carry numerous electronics, including a total of 121 CRT monitors, bound for Hong Kong and China. The shipments were labeled as containing non-hazardous plastics and metals.

It is not clear how much material Ng managed to export between 2010 and 2011. It is also unclear where and how Ng received end-of-life electronics.

Jennifer Blackwell, who serves as a trial attorney for the Environmental Crimes section of the DOJ, could not be reached for comment.

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E-scrap entities join forces to make an impact

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 22:46
E-scrap entities join forces to make an impact

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 19, 2015

A group of socially minded e-scrap firms have joined together to help open job opportunities for people with disabilities or previous incarcerations.

The Los Angeles-based Impact Recyclers is a network of certified social enterprise e-scrap recycling companies. The network currently includes seven recycling entities – some for-profit and some nonprofit groups – with locations in California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota and New York.

The organizations employ people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and those who have been in the justice system – populations that often have a difficult time finding jobs.

Impact Recyclers will provide member organizations with business development opportunities, best practice sharing and marketing support, according to the Impact Recyclers website.

"By establishing this consolidated network, we can now provide businesses with the best solution to securely handle their IT and electronic waste needs across the country,” Impact Recyclers co-founder Mike Daniels stated in a press release. “The network model provides clients a centralized point of contact, improved efficiency and a significant social impact to help customers meet and exceed their corporate social responsibility goals."

Current members include Blue Star Recyclers, Isidore Electronics Recycling, Merit ePartners, RecycleForce, Stanley eWaste Recyclers, Tech Dump and ReWorx Recycling. Members collectively processed 25 million pounds of electronics in 2014. All meet R2 and/or e-Stewards certification requirements, according to the press release.

Impact Recyclers is supported by REDF, an organization that provides funding and business expertise to mission-driven organizations that employ people who have difficulty finding work.

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E-Scrap 2015: Your Labor Day is safe

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 22:43
E-Scrap 2015: Your Labor Day is safe

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 19, 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. (Or maybe you can use that weekend to reach out to all the potential partners you connected with at the conference!)

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


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Activists challenge electronics industry to protect workers

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 22:40
Activists challenge electronics industry to protect workers

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 19, 2015

Environmental and workers’ rights activists have called on the electronics manufacturing and e-scrap recycling industries to do more to protect the health and safety of their employees and of nearby communities.

The Netherlands-based GoodElectronics Network and San Jose, California-based International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT) presented a “challenge” to the electronics industry on Monday.

“The ICRT, the GoodElectronics Network, and their allies, are challenging electronics brands, manufacturers, and suppliers to proactively reduce and eliminate chemical and physical hazards through the development and adoption of safer alternatives,” the two groups stated in a press release. The challenge was directed to all groups involved in the life cycle of electronics, including recycling and disposal.

According to the press release, civil society organizations report hundreds of cases of electronics production workers who have gotten sick over the past five years in East Asia and elsewhere from exposure to benzene and other toxic chemicals.

The challenge was delivered at a meeting in Belgium of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), an electronics industry membership group that’s based in Alexandria, Virginia. Its members include more than 100 electronics companies that employ more than 5.5 million people.

“The EICC and its members have been working to protect workers from chemical exposure for more than a decade through our Code of Conduct and audit protocol,” EICC Executive Director Rob Lederer said in a statement. “In the coming year, the EICC plans to expand its efforts to track process chemicals, going deeper into the manufacturing supply chain to trace chemicals, educate workers and managers on safe chemical use, and work with its members and key stakeholders to identify and promote safer chemicals and manufacturing processes.”

The EICC, created in 2004 to ensure electronics supply-chain responsibility, establishes a code of conduct for its members and their Tier 1 suppliers. Audits are required to verify the code is being following, according to the organization.

Audit results showed compromises to the health and safety of workers made up the second-most common code violation, after excessive working hours, according to the EICC 2013 annual report. Health and safety shortcomings included inadequate emergency exits, a lack of emergency preparedness plans and poor procedures for first aid.

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Former astronaut delivers orbital perspective at IERC 2015

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 22:38
Former astronaut delivers orbital perspective at IERC 2015

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 19, 2015

When Earth is seen from space, humanity’s common challenges fall into perspective.

That was a message retired astronaut Ron Garan delivered as a guest speaker at the International Electronics Recycling Congress (IERC).

One of humanity’s challenges, of course, is managing e-scrap and discarded appliances.

Hundreds of people converged on Salzburg, Austria Jan. 21-23 for the 14th annual conference, which touched on topics including the illegal trade in e-scrap, exports to developing countries, collection programs in Europe, recycling technologies, producer responsibilities, European Union e-scrap directives and more.

The conference was organized by Switzerland-based ICM, which also provides conferences on vehicle and battery recycling. The 15th annual IERC will take place Jan. 20-22, 2016 in Salzburg.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 22:35
Certification scorecard

March 19, 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.

Document Shredding & Storage of Lubbock, Texas; Secure A Cycle/Shredway of Matraville, Australia; Shred Aware LLC of Eureka, California; Shred Confidential Incorporated of Anaheim, California; Tiger Shredding and Recycling, LLC of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and West Michigan Document Shredding, LLC of Jenison, Michigan have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, Dynamic Recycling of Onalaska, Wisconsin has renewed its NAID Certification for Computer Hard Drive Sanitization & 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

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 22:32
NewsBits

March 19, 2015

Apple is preparing to expand its Reuse and Recycling Program by accepting mobile devices running non-iOS operating systems, according to this report. Under the current program, the company takes back used Apple devices in exchange for company gift cards. In coming weeks, the company will reportedly offer similar deals for smartphones running Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone operating systems.

After New York’s law made it illegal to dispose of electronics in the trash, Staten Island has seen an uptick in illegal e-scrap dumping. According to this commentary, there’s no excuse for such action because responsible recycling options are readily available.

France has begun requiring electronics and appliance manufacturers to notify consumers how long parts will be available for their products, an effort to combat planned obsolescence. A French measure coming into effect in 2016 will mandate manufacturers to replace or repair appliances for two years after they’re purchased.

A Kenyan official said East African countries need to coordinate policies and program to ensure proper management of e-scrap. Cooperation is needed to curb the movement of used electronics over national borders, the country’s cabinet secretary for environment said.

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Kuusakoski to replace ADC option with storage cell

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 21:37
UPDATED: Kuusakoski to replace ADC option with storage cell

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

March 12, 2015

A year after beginning an operation to use treated CRT glass as alternative daily cover at a landfill in Illinois, Kuusakoski US says it is phasing out that approach in favor of a different strategy: storing CRT glass in a mineable cell.

Kuusakoski's decision comes after its alternative daily cover (ADC) operation in Peoria, Illinois was largely resisted by state electronics recycling programs as well as officials in charge of the e-Stewards and R2 e-scrap environmental certifications.

"We went after the ADC approach because we saw it as beneficial use," Kuusakoski US CEO Rich Hipp told E-Scrap News. "But the recycling community didn't see it as such."

Kuusakoski US is a division of Finland-based Kuusakoski Recycling.

The company's ADC operation concluded 2014 receiving glass from just one state electronics recycling program: Illinois. The regulators in charge of a number of other state programs made determinations that the ADC option did not constitute recycling, and, therefore, collected pounds headed to ADC could not be counted toward manufacturer collection quotas.

In 2014, Kussakoski's ADC operation reached just 25 percent of its 50,000 ton annual capacity.

The company is hopeful the industry will support the storage cell notion. Instead of spreading treated CRT glass as ADC, Kuusakoski is planning on storing treated glass in a "mineable" cell, also on the premises of a landfill, for future recovery. The company says the operation has a 100,000 ton annual capacity.

Hipp made it clear the company is committed to its second attempt at entering the U.S. CRT glass processing sector.

As long as the company receives approval at the state level and/or approval from e-Stewards, Hipp said "our plan is to move immediately to the retrievable storage cell."

A number of questions surround the storage idea. The strategy is predicated on the notion that at some point in the future a market will emerge for leaded CRT glass. At that point, Kuusakoski would be able to move the glass at no cost, or even get paid for the material, Hipp suggested.

It remains unclear how or when such a glass market could present itself.

The company has filed a formal petition to the BAN board of directors, hoping that a policy will be developed that would deem storage recycling and allow e-Stewards certified firms to move the glass to Kuusakoski. Hipp indicated his company would likely make similar overtures to Sustainable Electronics Recycling International, which administers the R2 standard.

For much more on the Kuusakoski development, look to the story "Downstream Decisions," in the March 2015 print edition of E-Scrap News magazine.

[Editor's Note: In the interest of being more exact, we have removed the word "lobbying" from the second-to-last paragraph of this story and replaced it with "filed a formal petition."  Please read the below comment for a complete description of the e-Stewards petition process.]

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Recycling industry can expect more shipping troubles

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 21:33
Recycling industry can expect more shipping troubles

By Jerry Powell, E-Scrap News

March 12, 2015

Due to several factors, the cost of moving recyclable material by truck is expected to rise – and securing a trucker may become harder.

Demand for long-haul trucking is being aided by the low cost of diesel fuel. In times of more typical fuel prices, intermodal shipping (employing both trains and trucks) is cheaper after about 500 miles when containers are moved to or from a pier. Now, with sharply lower fuel costs, truckers can move freight cost efficiently up to 750 miles from the pier.

This comes at a time when the country has more freight to move. Intermodal freight volumes rose 5 percent last year while truck tonnages increased 3 percent. Some analysts expect truck tonnage in 2015 to rise faster than intermodal trade.

Even though demand for trucking is rising, the trucking sector does not have enough drivers to move this freight. The American Trucking Associations says 35,000 more drivers are needed to meet demand.

This labor shortage has several causes. Current truckers tend to be older than workers in many other industries (the average trucker age is 55) and retirement levels are high. In addition, when the economy improves, eligible workers choose jobs that keep them at home and look askance at employment, such as trucking, that takes them away from their families.


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Discussions underway to update New Jersey’s e-scrap law

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 21:30
Discussions underway to update New Jersey’s e-scrap law

By Jared Paben, E-Scrap News

March 12, 2015

A New Jersey lawmaker may introduce legislation boosting the government’s role in e-scrap recycling, a move electronics manufacturers would likely fight.

State Sen. Bob Smith, who helped write the Garden State's original e-scrap recycling law, is working on legislation that would update the law, said Marie Kruzan, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Recyclers.

A bill hasn’t been introduced yet, but the legislation would aim to bring New Jersey’s e-scrap program, called E-Cycle New Jersey, more in line with the state law in Connecticut, Kruzan said.

Connecticut's e-scrap program is relatively unique because it has government officials set the prices that recycling contractors get paid by the product manufacturers funding the state program. In most other states with e-scrap legislation, pricing is left for the market to determine.

In addition, the Connecticut model does not rely on a fixed collection target manufacturers are responsible for hitting. Such targets have caused issues in New Jersey and other states because manufacturers have at times stopped processing material after hitting their annual goals, leaving a backlog of collected material awaiting processing.

David Thompson, director of the corporate environmental program at Newark, New Jersey-based Panasonic North America, said that, based on what he heard at a Feb. 9 New Jersey Senate committee hearing, Smith is proposing legislation that would make New Jersey's program essentially on par with Connecticut's.

Smith couldn’t be reached for comment.

Currently in New Jersey, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provides a target number of pounds the manufacturers are responsible for recycling each year, and the manufacturers get to contract with their choice of recycling firms to hit that quota. The New Jersey law took effect in 2010.

Kruzan, who supports the proposed changes to New Jersey's program, said the current e-scrap landscape in the state needs fixing.

“What’s been happening is halfway through the year the manufacturer says, ‘We’ve collected everything. We don’t have to do it anymore,’” she said. “Basically the state doesn’t have any way to check that they’re giving them right numbers.”

According to Kruzan, recycling companies receiving contracts from manufacturers are getting paid much less than what is needed to fully process material, and those not receiving contracts are forced to battle with local governments over who pays for e-scrap collection.

Thompson, who also serves as president of product manufacturer recycling group MRM, said manufacturers support policies to better match supply and demand and ensure proper processing of all collected material. In some cases, states underestimate the amount that will be generated when they establish targets, he said.

“We’re trying to match our target to what a group of collection sites will generate,” he said.

DEP increased the targets again for 2015, Thompson indicated.

“I said this at the hearing – I thought that the New Jersey situation could be resolved with the target increase that the DEP implemented,” he said.

Manufacturers typically oppose Connecticut-style legislation because, in those states, the recycling costs to manufacturers are substantially higher for the same amount of material per capita, Thompson said. And they want to be able to contract with recycling firms possessing high-quality, efficient recycling technology, he added.

“We want the ability to choose our own recyclers and to do our own collection,” Thompson said.

A bill would have New Jersey joining a short list of other states that are mulling changes to their e-scrap extended producer responsibility law this year. Illinois and New York are also considering amendments.


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Certification scorecard

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 21:25
Certification scorecard

March 12, 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.

Computer Recycling LLCof North Kansas City, Missouri is now certified to e-stewards, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

Affordable Shred of Springfield, Illinois; Associated Records, Inc. | Shred Boss of Roswell, New Mexico; Best Shredding (Div/Best Service Pros) of Calgary, Alberta; Columbus Secure Document Solutions of Salt Lake City; De Graaf Security BV of Purerend, Netherlands; Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas of Lubbock, Texas; Ohio Mobile Shredding of Columbus, Ohio; Paper Pig Shredding of Wichita Falls, Texas; Paper Recycling & Shredding Specialists, Inc. of Pomona, California; Richards & Richards of Nashville, Tennessee; Royal Document Destruction, Inc. of Gahanna, Ohio; Security Shredding Mobile Document Destruction of Lufkin, Texas; SelectShred, Inc. of Stuart, Florida; Shred Guard of Saint John, New Brunswick; South Bay Document Destruction of Gardena, California; Shred Monster, Inc. of Columbus, Nebraska; 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 here.


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Wide world of recycling

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 21:24
Wide world of recycling

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 12, 2015

The U.K. government has supplied nearly $1 million to help a group of firms test out processing e-scrap via plasma.

A group in the U.K. has received nearly $1 million in grant funds from the government to put toward a plasma furnace aimed at precious metals recovery from e-scrap. Tetronics International, with the help of Metech Recycling and Vale Europe, will use the funds from Innovate U.K. to fund and build the region's "first integrated plasma facility for the sustainable processing of electronic waste to pure precious metal," the company announced in a press release.

Nigeria's University of Lagos recently hosted an e-scrap-themed art exhibition. Inviting Nigerian and international artists to contribute works about, and sometimes including, end-of-life electronics, the university also hosted a symposium on the global issues of e-scrap and the much-debated topics of illegal exports and dumping of hazardous materials in Africa.

It appears the exact volume of e-scrap collected for recycling in the U.K. is up for debate. It was recently announced that manufacturer-funded e-scrap programs exceeded collection targets in 2014, but statistics from the actual processors have since surfaced and suggest those programs might actually have fallen just short of the 540,000-ton goal. The government has launched an investigation to resolve the disparity in reported tonnages.


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NewsBits

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 21:19
NewsBits

March 12, 2015

During the month of February, Washington's electronics recycling program collected 3.26 million pounds of electronics, according to its latest monthly report. That brings the total tally for 2015 to 6.57 million pounds, very close to last year's January-February mark of 6.47 million pounds. In 2014, the state reported that collection volumes had dropped compared to 2013, a potential sign that Washington has begun to make headway in cleaning out remaining CRT device tonnages.

Illinois-based processor Com2 Recycling expects to launch its CRT glass-to-tile operation by the first or second week of April, the company's chief financial officer, Saheem Baloch, told E-Scrap News. Announced last October with an annual capacity of roughly 15,000 tons, Com2's approach is mirrored by at least one other firm, Spain's Camacho Recycling.

New York's Westchester County has continued to see e-scrap collection volumes soar. In 2014, the county collected more than 4 million pounds of e-scrap, a 17.6 percent increase from 2013 activity. Lou Vetrone, the deputy commissioner of the county's Department of Environmental Facilities, says Westchester will continue "to see steady numbers for at least the next seven or eight years."

Sage Electronics has announced the opening of its second "repurposing center." Joining Sage's Columbus, Ohio headquarters, the Reno, Nevada location will provide repair and reuse services to West Coast businesses. A third facility, in Baltimore, is expected to open soon as well.

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