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The new iPhone's impact on the trade-in market

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:33
The new iPhone's impact on the trade-in market

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 28, 2014

With Apple's iPhone 6 waiting in the wings, trade-in companies are saying price inquiries for slightly older models are on the rise.

Both NextWorth and Gazelle have reported significant increases in the amount of quotes requested for used iPhones as the anticipated mid-September release date of the iPhone 6 nears. NextWorth says quote requests for iPhones were up nearly 200 percent compared to last year, while Gazelle says quotes are up about 50 percent, Computerworld reports.

Apple's iPhone 6, said to feature an ever-coveted larger screen, is rumored to be slated for a Sept. 19 release date and, if quote requests are any indication, consumers appear eager to leave their gently used iPhones behind for the new gadget.

Mark Bowles, CEO of ecoATM, said while his company has also seen increases in the number of consumers checking in to see how much their iPhone is worth, trade-in volumes won't rise until the iPhone 6 is in stores. "Certainly, there is a vastly increased volume of price inquiries in the industry and consumers gear up early to see what they might get," Bowles told E-Scrap News. "We are experiencing that as well. But a significant rise in actual selling of devices doesn’t occur until the day the new iPhone is actually available and consumers can actually flip their phone."

If trade-ins do, in fact, increase with the release of the new iPhone, it would embolden longstanding views that U.S. consumers are quick to leave behind phones in working order for the flashiest devices on the market. That tendency has led, at least in part, to the success of companies like NextWorth, Gazelle and ecoATM, who offer to buy used phones and resell them for a profit overseas.

"The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," recently signed into law by President Barack Obama, should further reuse companies' business by allowing them to bulk unlock phones — paving the way for data sanitization, resale and reuse — without needing permission from wireless providers.

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E-Scrap 2014: The latest on the CRT crisis

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:31
E-Scrap 2014: The latest on the CRT crisis

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 28, 2014

Discussion of downstream options for CRT glass — and the associated pricing — has consumed the electronics recycling industry for the past year, and at E-Scrap 2014, the CRT debate will get its due treatment.

To help clarify the current situation and anticipate where it's headed, the conference will offer a full rundown of the North American processors still standing and those hoping to get in on the notoriously narrow-margin market. Distinguishing "established" and "emerging" operations, as well as pointing out who's amassing stock versus who's actually processing it, the presentation will provide attendees with a complete picture of the CRT landscape.

Whether you're running a collection program inundated with old TVs or trying to find downstream processors you can trust, this valuable session will serve as both education and encouragement.

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


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How one Texas facility tries to beat the heat

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:27
How one Texas facility tries to beat the heat

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 28, 2014

Step out onto the massive processing floor at ECS Refining in Mesquite, Texas, and the first thing you notice is the air, which on an August morning feels like 100-degree soup. It’s not exactly the ideal environment for manually dismantling e-scrap for 10 hours.

ECS managers say many potential employees don’t make it through the initial three weeks of training, but they note those that can handle the rigors of CRT de-manufacturing and other tasks are actually able to thrive at the Dallas-area facility that spans 250,000-square-feet.

A number of unique efforts made by the company help workers weather the conditions in a facility so large that air conditioning is not an economic or effective option.

First is the schedule. ECS line workers start at 5:00 a.m. and work until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, a time frame that allows workers to finish up before the hottest part of the day.  Owing to the four-day work week, the facility's 50 or so line workers also benefit from three-day weekends.

In addition, workers are taught the warning signs of heat stress during trainings. And each morning, managers stock hydration stations in every area of the processing space. "There’s Gatorade and water in every department," said Jessica Urizar, the company’s EH&S and lean manufacturing administrator, during a tour of the facility for attendees of this week's WasteCon trade show. "They can walk off the line every time they need to grab a drink."

Depending on the job task, employees often must put on protective layers such as Kevlar arm sleeves and heavy masks. But some apparel does have body temperature built into its design. Urizar notes many employees wear gel-lined vests that are made to stay cool. Workers are also required to remove all of their gear during every break (two 20-minute breaks and a 40-minute lunch), and they are encouraged to take at least one of their breaks in an air conditioned space.

Overhead fans and stationary fans are also located throughout the building. Mist generators, like those seen on outdoor patios at Dallas’ fancier restaurants, aren’t part of the equation, however.

“We thought about it,” said Urizar. “But with all the dust that accumulates, they get clogged up. Then keeping them clean becomes a whole job in itself.”

Executives at ECS, which also operates a large processing facility in California, say the Texas facility takes in 150,000 pounds of material daily and moves out a corresponding 150,000 pounds. That equates to 22 million to 24 million pounds annually, a number that the company wants to boost. Managers say they are looking to add a second shift — 12-hour stints that would run each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

That would mean another crop of employees, who will have to learn quick to cope with the North Texas temps.

“This is tough work and the environment is not for everyone,” said Urizar. “But we’re upfront about that in the orientation. People know what they’re walking into.”

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PC shipments outpace expectations

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:24
PC shipments outpace expectations

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 28, 2014

It appears PC shipments in 2014 aren't quite as lackluster as first thought.

While not exactly rosy, the latest estimate from the International Data Corporation (IDC) suggest global PC shipments in 2014 will total 303 million. That's a 3.7 percent decrease compared to 2013, but outperforms past IDC estimates that pegged shipments to fall by at least 6 percent.

The major driver of the better-than-expected figures is a growing mature market for PCs, the IDC reports. The mature market for PCs is set to grow by 5.6 percent during the year, the highest growth since 2010.

"Programs to reduce PC prices, such as Windows 8.1 with Bing, have helped to improve PC shipments in some segments," says Jay Chou, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide PC Trackers, in a press release. "Coupled with a shift toward more mobile PCs, the market has seen a quickened pace of innovation and a focus on price points."

Tracking shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones helps provide a snapshot of what the future e-scrap waste stream will look like. It now appears we'll be seeing more PCs down the road than first thought, although long term growth forecasts, IDC says, remain highly uncertain.

"The prospects for significant PC growth in the long term remain tenuous, as users increasingly see PCs as only one of several computing devices," the research firm notes, with 2018 shipment estimates coming in at just above 291 million units.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:22
Certification scorecard

Aug. 28, 2014

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a roundup of the firms announcing certification this past week.

E-Waste Experts, Inc. of Bristol, Pennsylvania has achieved ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 certification.

Umicore Precious Metals Refining of Hoboken, Belgium is certified to the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards.

Absolute Data Shredding of Norman, Oklahoma; Info Dog Security LLC of Spencer, Iowa; and River Mill Data Management LLC of Columbus, Georgia 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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NewsBits

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:09
NewsBits

Aug. 28, 2014

Kenya's East African Compliant Recycling Center has recycled roughly 65 tons of e-scrap since launching in Machakos last December. Thus far, the company has been able to pay community members as much as $2 per used CRT computer, reselling valuable commodities from a wide range of electronics to companies abroad. While significant in spirit, it appears the operation will need to be supported by a number of additional and larger operations to handle the electronic waste stream in Kenya — according to U.N. calculations, 2012 saw almost 50,000 tons of e-scrap generated in Kenya, a total that does not include devices imported into Kenya from developed countries.

With the city of Charleston, West Virginia and the surrounding Kanawha County down one e-scrap recycling center, the County Solid Waste Authority has compiled a list of options for residents to take their old and end-of-life electronics. Beyond the standard takeback services offered at retailers, including Best Buy, Staples and Radioshack, the County hosts three free e-scrap drop-off events during the fall while Charleston also offers curbside pick-up of electronics through the city. For more, visit the Kanawha's spiffy recycling website.

News reports continue to suggest that e-scrap is posing a major environmental and human health challenge in India. The latest, a study released by New Delhi-based Toxics Links, shows a direct link between the informal e-scrap sector in Loni and Mandoli and soil, water and air pollution — while e-scrap generation is on the rise within India, the study also points to "a significant volume of waste received from some developed countries" as compounding the country's current challenges.

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More losses for E-Waste Systems

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:14
More losses for E-Waste Systems

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

Losses continue to pile up for E-Waste Systems, Inc. as newly released financials show operating losses of almost $2 million for the second quarter of 2014 and $7 million for the year thus far.

Publicly traded E-Waste Systems' (EWSI) second quarter results for 2014 were released Aug. 19. Between April 1 and June 30, the company generated revenues of $545,226 — largely offset by $483,531 in cost of sales expenses — while operating losses for the quarter came in at $1,919,333.

Operating losses for the first six months of the year have equaled $6,939,586 — four times higher than losses during the first six months of 2013. Revenues for the first six months of 2014 have totaled just over $1 million.

"These quarterly results do not meet our expectations, but our goals for establishing a strong platform for growth are completely intact and we expect to move forward with laser-focus to accomplish our plan," CEO Martin Nielson stated in an August 20 press release.

The quarterly results come just weeks after the company re-stated financials for 2013, an action the firm took after concluding it should not have consolidated revenues from XuFu, a Chinese partner. EWSI has also not been able to count revenues from another Chinese company, Tanke, which EWSI has said will generate $50 million in revenues for the company this year.

The company's stock price has fallen from a 2014 high of more than a nickel in January to less than one-fifth of a penny at press time.

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E-Scrap 2014: Policies and programs around the world

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:11
E-Scrap 2014: Policies and programs around the world

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

Attend this fall's E-Scrap Conference and improve your company's global competitiveness by getting the latest information about the development of electronics recycling in foreign markets.

Ofira Varga of international consulting firm 1cc GmbH will offer an overview of current e-scrap legislation in all Latin American countries, with an in-depth look at Colombia and Costa Rica. In addition, Subrata Barman of International Finance Corporation will detail the Clean E-India initiative, which seeks to leverage the formal and informal processing sectors to recycle more scrap electronics in the world's second-most-populous nation.

Finally, a host of experts from the academic, government and NGO realms will help cover the ever-evolving e-scrap export situation.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. The 2013 edition saw more than 1,300 attendees and 125 exhibiting companies, so plan now to secure your spot at this fall's conference. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.

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Expert offers tips on breaking into refurb

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:06
Expert offers tips on breaking into refurb

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

For those e-scrap operators who want to expand into the refurbishment side of the business, reuse veteran Peter Sobotta has some advice: Start small.

Sobotta, founder and president of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania-based RecoupIT, Inc., was the featured speaker on a webinar this week that aimed to guide recycling professionals who may be thinking of entering the electronics refurbishment field. Sobotta laid out the basics on getting the right personnel in place and finding key distribution channels for products that are ready for resale.

But he was also quick to note that while profiting in the refurb game may seem like a simple proposition, hopeful operators should begin by experimenting with a few, high-quality recovered assets to see if the process goes as smoothly as expected.

"You might want to build the business as a side project to start," Sobotta said during the webinar, which was organized by the National Recycling Coalition and the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center. "Put enough resources behind it to give it a fair shot, and then do a test. Then you'll have data."

Sobotta also recommended moving cautiously into the online realm to connect with consumers who are looking for refurbished computers and other items. Amazon and eBay are both strong marketplaces, he said, but sellers looking to build up credibility there should make sure they are only selling their best wares and backing it up with proper service.

If customers have bad experiences with a refurb seller, they'll note that in reviews and Amazon and eBay administrators will be quick to act. "They'll flag your account," said Sabotta. "Don't damage your reputation."

Refurbishers just entering the market may also want to focus on the business-to-business sector, where sellers will be able to move greater quantities of material at a lower profit margin, Sobotta noted. He recommended a handful of online resources that can connect companies to that wholesale space, including Liquidation.com, B Stock Solutions and Tech Liquidators.

In a Q-and-A following Sobotta's presentation, he offered some helpful ideas when it comes to deciding which operating system to install on refurbished PCs. Once firms become part of the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program, they can gain licenses to Windows 7 and Windows 8 at discounted prices. Having a Windows operating system installed, not surprisingly, makes those machines more marketable.

But Sobotta also explained his firm has done tests in which similar computers are equipped with different operating systems — some with Windows and some with open-source Linux — and then put in front of consumers in the same marketplace and priced equally. Sobotta found the computers with Windows would typically sell quicker but ultimately all would sell, an indication that interest in Linux is reasonably robust.

"You could load Linux on them," he suggested, "and then offer Windows as an upsell."

For individuals looking for more information about entering the refurb sector, Sobotta recommended attending the International Computer Refurbisher Summit, scheduled for Nov. 10-12 in Denver.

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Staples and ERI target enterprise stream

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:58
Staples and ERI target enterprise stream

by Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

Staples and Electronic Recyclers International have launched a business-to-business electronics take-back program.

The program, announced Aug. 14, will be offered through the Staples business-to-business division, Staples Advantage, and allow clients across the U.S. to send in old and obsolete electronics for recycling.

Staples is promoting the move as a first for the industry and a trusted route to take for businesses that need data properly removed from devices and obsolete technology recycled by a certified partner.

"Now we’re the first to provide a way for our corporate customers to easily and responsibly recycle old electronics," said Al Zoldos, Vice President of Sales, Staples Technology Solutions, in a press release. "From provisioning new equipment, then providing services to manage it and now an easy way to handle end-of-life recycling, we’re offering a true life cycle approach to technology management."

The enterprise sector has lately emerged as a particularly enticing area for e-scrap processors. With state take-back programs seeing electronics streams dominated by CRT devices, e-scrap firms are beginning to look elsewhere for material that's revenue positive and more easily recycled.

Through the Staples-ERI arrangement, businesses pay to ship electronics based on the size of boxes ordered through the program. Boxes as small as 9-by-5-inches are available, through the service will handle loads as large as a full pallet. Prices range from $15 per box to $300.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:56
Certification scorecard

Aug. 21, 2014

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a roundup of the firms announcing certification this past week.

Adelante Document Destruction Services of Albuquerque, New Mexico; American Document Securities of Carrollton, Georgia; Assured Document Destruction of Phoenix; DocuGuard of Enid, Oklahoma; Kard Recycling Service, Inc. of New Berlin, Wisconsin; and KATANA SA of Geneva, Switzerland 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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2014 Recycling Innovators Forum: Finalists announced

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:54
2014 Recycling Innovators Forum: Finalists announced

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

The organizers of the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum have identified the eight proposals that are moving on to the final presentation stage as they compete for a combined $40,000 in cash prizes.

Complete information on each of the concepts and the individuals behind them can be found here. The competition is divided into two categories — Enterprise/Institution and Garage Innovator — and four finalists were selected on each side. The competition, which is in its second year, received more than 60 proposals.

The final presentation round will take place Monday, Sept. 15 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside during the first day of the Resource Recycling Conference. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception where all Innovators Forum presenters will be on hand to answer questions and develop industry contacts.

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NewsBits

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:35
NewsBits

Aug. 21, 2014

The team over at iFixit got its hands on one of Google's new tablets and, as is their way, proceeded to take it apart. The online tech repair hub's Project Tango Tablet Teardown presents a 21-step guide to taking apart the device and gives the device a four out of 10 on the Repairability scale (in which 10 represents easiest to work with).

Sims Recycling Solutions has recognized corporate client Unisys for its recycling efforts in 2013. The IT solutions company diverted more than 1.1 million pounds of electronics during the year — most, if not at all, of which was sent to Sims, who serves as Unisys' primary asset disposal vendor.

Scientists in South Korea believe they may have found a way to make use of the 5.6 trillion cigarette butts we dispose of worldwide each year. According to the team, the discarded items can be successfully converted into a high performing coating for supercapacitors commonly found in a host of electronics.

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Metech hit with stormwater lawsuit in California

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:39
Metech hit with stormwater lawsuit in California

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

A national e-scrap processing and metals refining firm that often notes its environmental stewardship credentials in marketing has been sued by a California nonprofit group for alleged water pollution violations.

Metech Recycling, Inc. and Metech International LLC were named in a civil suit filed Aug. 1 by the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), a Woodland, California-based organization that works on local water quality issues.

The lawsuit focuses on Metech's Gilroy, California facility and alleges "defendants discharge pollutant-contaminated stormwater from the facility" into several nearby waterways that flow into the Pacific Ocean's Monterey Bay. It also alleges the firm has failed to implement an adequate stormwater pollution prevention plan at the Gilroy facility and that the operation "lacks essential structural controls such as grading, berming and roofing" that would prevent rain and stormwater from coming into contact with contaminants.

The suit claims the company's actions are in violation of several California water-quality statutes as well as the federal Clean Water Act, and it asks for civil penalties of $37,500 per day per violation going back to Jan. 12, 2009.

Metech's California-based quality and security manager, Joseph Fulton, is also named in the suit.

Fulton and other Metech representatives did not respond to requests for comments. Likewise, CSPA did not respond to requests for comments, and the lawyer representing CSPA, Andrew L. Packard, was not available to comment on the case.

In addition to the California facility, Metech operates e-scrap processing facilities in Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah. According to Metech's website, all five facilities are certified to the e-Stewards environmental, health and safety standard as as well the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards.

As a refiner, the firm does a number of metal processing tasks, and handles far more than just e-scrap, including dental and jewelry scrap.

CSPA frequently files lawsuits against corporate entities over pollution concerns. In early July, the organization filed a similar stormwater-violation lawsuit against Northern Waste & Recycling of Paradise, California.



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E-Scrap 2014: Top execs point the way

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:36
E-Scrap 2014: Top execs point the way

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

The chief decision-makers from five leading companies will be on one stage together at this October's E-Scrap Conference, and they'll help provide a holistic view of the industry, touching on big trends, key issues and projections for the future of e-scrap.

The executives scheduled to be part of this must-see session include Cindy Erie of E-World Online, Dag Adamson from LifeSpan Technology, John Shegerian of Electronic Recyclers International, Cascade Asset Management's Neil Peters-Michaud and Steve Skurnac from Sims Recycling Solutions.

Jerry Powell, the founder of the E-Scrap Conference and E-Scrap News will elicit their invaluable perspectives in a casual, interview-style setting. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your pressing questions answered by the top brass in e-scrap.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. The 2013 edition saw more than 1,300 attendees and 125 exhibiting companies, so plan now to secure your spot at this fall's conference. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.

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E-Waste Systems revises down 2013 financials

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:29
E-Waste Systems revises down 2013 financials

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

After determining that 2013 quarterly statements "should no longer be relied upon," E-Waste Systems, Inc. has released restated financials that show revenues were millions of dollars less than what the company initially reported.

Restated quarterly reports for the first, second and third quarter of 2013 show E-Waste Systems (EWSI), a publicly traded e-scrap company that operates facilities in Ohio and New York, misreported its revenues by nearly $8 million. Actual revenues for the first nine months of 2013 came in at $434,536, compared with the $7,862,216 the company first publicly reported – and heralded – to investors and the media toward the end of 2013.

In a recently issued press release, company CEO Roger Nielson explained that a new auditor, RBSM LLP, reviewed 2013 financials alongside EWSI and concluded the earnings information needed to be revised.

"After our audit review of the 10K to be filed with the SEC for the year ended December 31, 2013, which included the fully audited results for the entire calendar year of 2013, we found that it would be necessary to revise each of the previous quarters for 2013," Nielson said in the statement. "The quarterly statements have been revised to conform to the audited results and filed as amendments to each of the quarterly filings."

EWSI was the subject of a feature-length profile in the June 2014 print edition of E-Scrap News (a Resource Recycling sister publication). Read it here.

The crux of the recent accounting issue, SEC documents show, centers on a Chinese partner, XuFu, which was originally included as a "Variable Interest Entity" in filings. On Aug. 1 of this year, the company stated it should not have consolidated XuFu interests, adding "the quarterly statements for the periods ending March 31, 2013, June 30, 2013 and September 30, 2013 should no longer be relied upon and should be restated."

In his comments on the refilings, Nielson suggested "accounting treatment is only one factor in the business decision" and refers to the newly issued reports as "housekeeping."

Nielson indicated optimism for the company going forward.

"The promising preliminary results of the recently ended quarter and a commitment to an aggressive strategy to take advantage of the increasing electronics disposal issues are building blocks for our creation of a world-class organization," Nielson stated, "providing a real, sustainable, end-to-end solution."

After reaching a 2014 high of just over 5 cents a share in January, EWSI's stock price has been hovering around a quarter of a penny in recent weeks. EWSI decided in July to increase its share count by 500 million shares.

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Is India the world's latest e-scrap hotspot?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:25
Is India the world's latest e-scrap hotspot?

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

While sections of China and Africa have long been pegged as "dumping grounds" for e-scrap, India has recently become a bigger part of that conversation, thanks to a spate of media reports that have articulated end-of-life electronics worries in the world's second most populous nation.

This week, for instance, a number of news outlets reported on a study from the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ACCII), which alleged the amount of e-scrap ending up in the Delhi area is growing by 25 percent annually.

The group also said 42 percent of India's e-scrap imports come from the U.S. and that "less than 2 per cent of India's total electronic waste gets recycled due to absence of proper infrastructure, legislation and framework." A press release from the ACCII does not explain the methodology used to develop the report's findings.

Those stories came just a week after the BBC took readers to "India's e-waste village," a section of Calcutta where an informal electronics processing sector thrives. And several months after India-based nonprofit group Toxics Link released a report that argued India is on its way to a CRT glass crisis.

That all follows an earlier ACCII report that was reported on by the Guardian and painted a dire picture of the overloaded e-scrap recycling system in the tech-heavy city of Bangalore.

However, not all recent analysis of India's e-scrap sector has been negative. In February, a Yale environmental publication framed the global e-scrap ecosystem as one where innovative startups and established informal collection systems can both safely recycle material and improve local economies — in that story, writer Mike Ives highlights work being done by groups near New Delhi and Bangalore.

In addition, when R2 Solutions, the housing body for the R2 environmental standard, morphed into SERI this June, the group made it clear it was going to start taking an active role helping to push forward e-scrap processing infrastructures in developing countries across the world, and India was one of two countries the group was targeting immediately (Kenya was the other).

According to the SERI website, the group's projects in India will focus on helping small and medium electronics recyclers develop environmentally sustainable practices.


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Certification scorecard

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:22
Certification scorecard

Aug. 15, 2014

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a roundup of the firms announcing certification this past week.

The Reno, Nevada facility of Arrow Global Asset Disposition has achieved e-Stewards certification.

Capitol Asset Recovery of Lanham, Maryland is now certified to the following standards: e-Stewards, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

Closed Loop Refining and Recovery is now certified to ISO 14001 and R2:2008 at its facility in Columbus, Ohio.

Dynamic Recycling renewed its ISO 14001 and NAID Computer Hard Drive Sanitization certifications for its facility in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

1st Choice Document Destruction, Inc. of Milaca, Minnesota; Absolute Document Destruction & Storage of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ace Data Storage, Inc. of Gulfport, Mississippi; Advanced Information Management of Springdale, Arkansas; Allshred Services of Maumee, Ohio; American Data Security, Inc. of Oak Park, Michigan; American Document Shredding LLC of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Apex Shredding, Inc. of Berthoud, Colorado; Assured Document Destruction, Inc., of Las Vegas; ATI SecureDocs of Austin, Texas; Business Records Management LLC of Clearwater, Florida; Crown Information Management of South Daytona, Florida; Datashredder Corp of Roxboro, Massachusetts; First-Shred LLC of Fridley, Minnesota; Five Star Shredding of Alpharetta, Georgia; Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas of Lubbock, Texas; In Confidence P/L of North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Jayhawk File Express LLC of Topeka, Kansas; Lambert Record Center of Florence, Alabama; Marshall Shredding Co. of Schertz, Texas; Midcon Data Services of Edmond, Oklahoma; Office Paper Systems, Inc. of Gaithersburg, Maryland; On-Site Information Destruction Services of Iowa LLC of Waterloo, Iowa; Proshred Security of Paoli, Pennsylvania; Records Keeper LLC of Fargo, North Dakota; Rock Solid Data Management of Little Rock, Arkansas; Rogue Shred LLC of White City, Oregon; Secure Records Management Systems of Sanford, Maine; Secure Shred Solutions LLC of Carroll, Iowa; Secured Document Shredding, Inc. of Midland, Texas; Shred Quick of Bradenton, Florida; Shred Right (a Rohn Industries Co.) of St. Paul, Minnesota; Super Save Shredding of Surrey, British Columbia; and The Shredding Company, Inc. of Walkersville, Maryland have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, PCs for People of St. Paul, Minnesota has renewed 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

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:14
NewsBits

Aug. 15, 2014

An article in Albany, New York's Times Union newspaper indicates a growing number of CRT TVs and monitors are bogging down the Empire State's e-scrap collection system. The problem of the increased costs associated with properly dealing with the devices has been felt in other states with e-scrap laws on the books, and according to the Times Union New York recycling firms are being pushed to the brink of insolvency and some are telling residents to just leave CRTs in their basements for now.

Sony has announced it will begin selling its flame retardant recycled e-plastic to a host of manufacturers, including its own competitors. According to the company, the material contains up to 99 percent recycled plastic and has appeared in Sony electronic devices since 2011 as SORPLAS. Sony expects to begin marketing the proprietary plastic in October in markets worldwide.

Sri Lanka has begun to address its own growing tide of e-scrap through government-mandated projects aimed at collecting and recycling used electronics. While details remain fairly scant, Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha told the Sri Lankan Parliament one project had already been completed during a two-week collection and said that "steps have been taken to regulate the disposing of e-waste."

Sri Lanka has begun to address its own growing tide of e-scrap through government-mandated projects aimed at collecting and recycling used electronics. While details remain fairly scant, Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha told the Sri Lankan Parliament one project had already been completed during a two-week collection and said that "steps have been taken to regulate the disposing of e-waste."


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Federal regulators study certification effectiveness

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:26
Federal regulators study certification effectiveness

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 8, 2014

In a report assessing its progress on electronics stewardship, the federal government indicated it is moving forward on major studies in several e-scrap-related areas, including a look at how the e-Stewards and R2 standards are being implemented.

The study on the effectiveness of industry certifications is mentioned in an update to the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship (NSES), which was released earlier this week by the Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship.

Due to be completed this fall, the certification assessment is focusing on R2 and e-Stewards, the e-scrap industry's two major environmental standards. The goal of the study, spearheaded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alongside other federal entities, is "to determine whether the standards are implemented transparently and consistently and are achieving the desired results."

The government noted the study is 80 percent complete and relies on interviews with key electronics recycling stakeholders as well as observation of certification audits conducted by registrars.

The federal entities guiding the NSES, which was established in 2011 to help bring environmental practices into electronics purchasing and disposal, have a particular interest in ensuring the systems surrounding R2 and e-Stewards are playing out as planned: The NSES directs much of the federal government's end-of-life electronics to R2 and/or e-Stewards-certified facilities.

In addition, the recently released update to the NSES trumpets the fact that since the federal strategy was established three years ago, the number of e-scrap facilities certified to either R2 or e-Stewards standards has jumped from approximately 100 to more than 565.

The NSES progress report notes the certification study will result in a final report showing findings as well as areas needing improvement, but it does not say when such a report is scheduled for release.

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