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Illinois legislators allow retrievable CRT storage

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:51
Illinois legislators allow retrievable CRT storage

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

May 21, 2015

Illinois legislators have unanimously passed a bill that, if signed into law, would count leaded CRT glass stored at a designated landfill cell toward manufacturer recycling goals.

After passing the House in April by a vote of 114-0, the Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed the measure 53-0. The bill now needs Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature to become law.

Under Illinois' electronics recycling program, manufacturers are required to collect and recycle select electronic devices, including CRT TVs and monitors. While the Illinois EPA typically determines what counts as recycling (and what counts as disposal), numerous solid waste agencies in the state pushed lawmakers early this year to weigh in on the storage idea and offer up legislation.

The resulting legislation, House Bill 1455, gained numerous Democratic and Republican sponsors as it made its way to Gov. Rauner's desk. Kuusakoski U.S., the American wing of Finland-based Kuusakoski Recycling, could stand to gain the most from the measure's passage.

Implications for Kuusakoski

Through a partnership with Peoria Disposal Company (PDC), Kuusakoski has announced plans to use the storage approach as an alternative to current CRT glass recycling outlets. The company, which has been using CRT glass as alternative daily cover (ADC) at a PDC landfill, has defended the approach and stated glass will be retrievable for future recovery.

While the Illinois EPA views the method as recycling under the state electronics recycling program, the bill that made its way through the Illinois General Assembly makes that determination law.

Rich Hipp, Kuusakoski's president and CEO, told E-Scrap News the company will stop its ADC operation and start storing glass "if and when the governor of Illinois signs HB 1455 into law."

"We will ask PDC to stop using treated CRT glass as alternate daily cover at its Indian Creek Landfill, and start managing the glass in a retrievable storage cell at its site so that Illinois residents, as well as our customers, can begin benefiting from this new law," Hipp said in a statement sent to E-Scrap News.

Review by e-Stewards

Kuusakoski has also identified e-Stewards' support as key for its storage operation.

Leaders of the e-scrap environmental certification and other stakeholders with ties to it are currently reviewing the storage idea and its compliance with the standard. If it is found to be an acceptable recycling option, e-Stewards members currently restricted to sending glass to Kuusakoski only as a "last resort" would be able to ship glass to the operation more freely.

Sarah Westervelt, e-Stewards' policy director, explained a working group continues to evaluate the option but has not yet made a decision on the matter.

"The CRT Working Group continues its exploration of the proposal and the complex issues arising from it, and is completing additional research," Westervelt stated. "Thus, it has not yet made its recommendation to the Leadership Council."

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Dell eyes growth in recycled plastic use

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:50
Dell eyes growth in recycled plastic use

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

May 21, 2015

Texas-based Dell has set its sights on using more recycled plastic, including plastics recovered from scrap electronics, in the manufacture of new equipment.

"We expect to see it grow over the coming years," Maureen Martinez, Dell's senior manager of environmental affairs, told E-Scrap News. "We're trying to be a good steward of the environment and we understand that material usage is a big part of that."

Dell has rolled out take-back programs around the world of late, and Martinez says the company has also recognized the potential for reusing a variety of materials in new products. In 2014, the company leveraged slightly more than 10 million pounds of recycled plastic, offering a variety of desktops and monitors with recycled plastics from recovered electronics. Dell wants to use 50 million pounds of recovered plastic by 2020.

"We're actually well on our way to meeting and exceeding that 2020 goal," Martinez said.

While initial concerns were raised regarding the performance and appearance of post-consumer resin being incorporated into new products, thus far Dell has been able to ramp up use. What's more, Martinez says cost has been a relatively on par with using virgin plastics.

"For the most part it tends to be pretty cost-neutral," Martinez said.

Not all electronic devices are ideal sources of recovered material, Dell has found. According to Martinez, lighter and thinner devices use "plastics with a much higher performance requirement and so it is more challenging in that area to drive the introduction of recycled content."

In addition to increasing use of recycled plastic when possible, Martinez's team is currently looking into the viability of using additional recycled materials, though she would not offer specifics.

"Hopefully in the coming months that's something we'll be able to talk about," Martinez said.

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Call2Recycle confronts shifting battery landscape

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:50
Call2Recycle confronts shifting battery landscape

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

May 21, 2015

Coming off a year of record battery collections, Call2Recycle is now looking to expand consumer take-back points and move into more markets.

That's according to the nonprofit battery stewardship organization's annual report, which looked both backward and forward.

In 2014, the industry-funded group oversaw the collection of nearly 6,000 tons of batteries and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada, a record collection total for Call2Recycle. The record comes despite a general decrease in the size and weight of batteries. Last year, the group also hit a milestone: collection of 50,000 tons over the effort's 20 years in existence.

The group also welcomed more than 30 new battery and product manufacturers in 2014, minimizing the number of "freeriders," or manufacturers whose batteries are recycled but don't help pay for take-back and recycling. By the end of the year, it saw participation from manufacturers of 85 percent of the portable rechargeable power industry.

Not all was good news for the group. In December, Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) rejected Call2Recycle's application to take over single-use battery collection and recycling in Canada's most populous province. Among other reasons cited, WDO "determined that the plan as proposed by Call2Recycle had the potential to cause significant impacts on the single-use battery post-collection marketplace." The decision left single-use battery take-back in the hands of industry-funded group Stewardship Ontario, while Call2Recycle continues to provide take-back and recycling for rechargeable batteries in the province.

Still, Call2Recycle sees change on the horizon. "Looking ahead, we are facing a changing landscape driven by the explosive growth of mobile devices and the increasing demand for end-of-life disposal of all consumer portable batteries (both rechargeable and alkaline)," Call2Recycle CEO Carl Smith wrote in the report.

The group will focus on improving consumers' options for recycling batteries (currently, most of the collected material comes from businesses). An estimated 90 percent of U.S. and Canadian households live within 10 miles of a take-back location; Call2Recycle wants to improve that to 95 percent.

The group will also enter new markets, including offering a single-use battery take-back program in Vermont starting in 2016, Smith wrote. Vermont is the first U.S. state to implement extended-producer responsibility for single-use batteries, and Call2Recycle has applied to manage collections and recycling on behalf of several manufacturers.

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Wide world of e-scrap

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:49
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

May 21, 2015

Thailand backs national e-scrap legislation and India decides not to require enhanced documentation on scrap imported into the nation.

Thailand's government is in support of a national e-scrap law requiring manufacturers to fund the collection and recycling of end-of-life electronics, the Bangkok Post reports. According to a government spokesperson, the bill in question would also require manufacturers to enhance the recyclability of electronic devices.

Oman's capital city is expected to build an industrial waste processing center capable of recycling e-scrap. Oman Environmental Services Holding Company announced it will build the site in Sohar and expects to have it running by 2016.

Australia's mobile phone recycling program, MobileMuster, has added Alcatel One to its roster of manufacturer funders. The program, which covers mobile phones and accessories, allows consumers to drop off items free of charge at participating retailers.

More details on Hong Kong's government-funded, $71 million facility are beginning to emerge. The facility's designer, builder and operator is connected to a German company, Alba Group. Working as ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions Hong Kong Limited in Hong Kong, Alba will hold an initial 12-year contract with the city and could ramp up its annual processing capacity from 33,000 tons to almost 62,000 tons in that span. According to the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong generates roughly 77,000 tons of e-scrap per year.

On July 1, India will introduce scrap loading regulations that will not require scrap metal exporters in the U.S. and elsewhere to provide video and photographic footage of shipments, Recycling International reports. Originally, Indian officials advocated for requiring exporters to document pre-shipment loads, a proposal that drew heat from many groups, including the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

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<i>E-Scrap 2015</i>: State programs in focus

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:49
E-Scrap 2015: State programs in focus

May 21, 2015

With tightened commodity markets, question marks around CRT glass processing and a growing docket of data on hand, the leaders of state e-scrap programs are now trying to determine the best path forward.

At E-Scrap 2015 this September, the shifting state program landscape will be discussed in-depth. Attendees will get the perspectives of policy experts, processing firms, device manufacturers and state officials. Together, those voices will help to show a complete picture of the current landscape and explain how your firm can fit into the evolution of government-mandated electronics recycling. Don't miss these crucial discussions.

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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Certification scorecard

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:48
Certification scorecard

May 21, 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.

ECR World, Inc. of Chino, Calif. is now certified to the ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 standards.

CLI Document Destruction of Norwalk, Ohio; Records Management Solutions, Inc. of Martinsburg, W.V.; Republic Services of Altoona, Iowa; Republic Services of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Republic Services of Davenport, Iowa; and Weaver-SecurShred of Akron, Ohio 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, 05/21/2015 - 08:45
NewsBits

May 21, 2015

Officials at the Ohio EPA have confirmed with E-Scrap News that CRT glass processor and re-manufacturer Dlubak Glass is meeting the requirements of the U.S. EPA's "CRT rule." Officials in Ohio have been working for several months to determine whether the company, which uses leaded CRT glass in a number of applications, including ceramics, lighting, glass beads and fiberglass, has been recycling 75 percent of its glass supply.

While delivering a commencement speech, Apple CEO Tim Cook couldn't help but take a jab at competing smartphones. He suggested owners of non-Apple phones take advantage of the company's world-class recycling program. The company recently decided to expand its recycling program by accepting devices running non-iOS operating systems.

Verizon has collected more than 1,000 tons of e-scrap since 2010, meeting its collection goal, the company announced. It achieved its goal ahead of its end-of-2015 deadline with a collection event in Wilmington, N.C. The company now plans to collect another 1,000 tons by 2020.

A coalition of electronics recycling firms, refurbishers and OEMs are looking to further the conversation around designing for recycling. Click here to vote for the group's presentation to be on a panel at the SXSW Eco conference this fall.

E-scrap recycling companies in Pennsylvania are struggling to absorb losses from the glut of CRTs they receive, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Recycling entities say they're not receiving enough money from electronics manufacturers to pay the true costs of CRT recycling. Some are calling for changes to state law.

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Metech slides into a loss

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:56
Metech slides into a loss

By Jerry Powell, E-Scrap News

May 14, 2015

Weak market conditions have resulted in Metech International, the operator of e-scrap plants in Asia and the U.S., reporting a loss in the first half of its current fiscal year. Over the past few years, however, revenues have increased steadily.

The company has e-scrap plants in five U.S. states – California, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah – as well as in Singapore. In addition, the company operates precious metals recovery facilities at its California, Massachusetts and Singapore sites. The company recently expanded into the electronics reuse segment at its California facility.

Metech essentially backed out of the European market in 2013 to concentrate on its U.S. and Asian operations.

Presently the U.S. operations account for about two-thirds of the firm’s revenue, which totaled $30.1 million in 2014 (up 36 percent) and $15.8 million in the first half of the current fiscal year (an increase of 26 percent). While the company made a small profit in 2014, it recorded a loss of $2.8 million in the first six months of the 2015 fiscal year.

The firm has about 12,500 shareholders, with the five largest owning 29 percent of the shares and the 20 largest investors controlling over half of the stock. No North American investor holds a significant amount of shares.

Last summer Metech was sued by an environmental group over alleged stormwater violations at its California facility.

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<i>E-Scrap 2015</i>: Refurb on the rise

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:56
E-Scrap 2015: Refurb on the rise

May 14, 2015

At this year's E-Scrap conference, refurb experts from around the world will be on hand to discuss the growing industry importance of giving electronics a second life.

While old CRT devices continue to account for the heaviest portion of the stream, volumes of lightweight and younger electronics, including smartphones and tablets, are growing. They're also posing the biggest opportunity yet for companies to maximize profit from repair and resale. E-Scrap 2015 will help your business do just that.

Joining lively conversations surrounding reuse and repair issues, Kyle Wiens, iFixit founder and one of the nation's leading reuse advocates, will demonsrate live device tear-downs. A repair- and reuse-focused session led by Wiens will also take a look at the state of refurb in the U.S. and touch on why the legal fight to restore everyone's right to repair their own devices matters to the industry.

E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 (that's the week before Labor Day) 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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MPC loses e-Stewards certification

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:55
MPC loses e-Stewards certification

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

May 14, 2015

The e-Stewards certification of Materials Processing LLC has been withdrawn for one year following a $125,000 fine from Minnesota's Pollution Control Agency.

Materials Processing (MPC) was recently fined for stockpiling 2,500 tons of CRT glass in the St. Paul-Minneapolis metro area. Now, an investigation by e-Stewards has found the company was also using an undisclosed warehouse space in Philadelphia to store end-of-life electronics.

In a letter sent to MPC and obtained by E-Scrap News, e-Stewards' executive director, Greg Swann, writes the violations in Minnesota and Pennsylvania were "willful and egregious" and marked by "multiple instances of dishonesty."

A press release sent out on behalf of MPC states the company is "disappointed by this decision from our colleagues at e-Stewards and we’re working with them to appeal this situation."

While MPC representatives note in the release that "we made a mistake," they do not make specific mention of the warehouse in Philadelphia allegedly discovered by e-Stewards.

Numerous attempts to reach the company were unsuccessful.

According to Jim Puckett, executive director of the Basel Action Network (the creator of the e-Stewards standard), an appeal of the one-year ban has not been received by e-Stewards.

The formerly certified facility in question is the Mendota Heights, Minnesota headquarters of MPC, which is the only remaining processing location operated by the company. E-Scrap News learned in April a former Philadelphia location, which was certified to both e-Stewards and the R2 standard, is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit seeking back-rent and damages from the company (see link above).

MPC has been a significant player in state electronics recycling programs, and until last summer it held a contract with the manufacturer-funded Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Group (MRM).

A lengthy investigation begun in 2013 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency found MPC had been using a series of unpermitted warehouses near its headquarters to store and stockpile CRT glass in Minnesota. The improper storage led to a $125,000 fine last month from Minnesota regulators and a consequent investigation by e-Stewards officials.

Beyond the glass management issues cited by environmental officials in Minnesota, e-Stewards discovered more violations in Philadelphia. After confirming the closure of the Philadelphia processing location, e-Stewards visited to a rumored warehouse operation where "a significant amount of used electronic equipment was found to be in storage as well being recently moved and shipped."

According to an e-Stewards evidentiary report, "MPC did not disclose the existence of this site, even when asked."

"The existence of an unreported ancillary site in Philadelphia creates considerable concern," the report states. "This is a site outside of auditor scrutiny where non-compliant and critically non-conforming activities could have taken place."

The yearlong suspension is the second instance this year of e-Stewards punishing processor actions. In February, Diversified Recycling was suspended two years from applying to be certified due to downstream mismanagement of CRT glass and operating an online business that allegedly sold non-working electronics to overseas buyers.

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State Electronics Challenge announces 2014 award winners

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:54
State Electronics Challenge announces 2014 award winners

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

May 14, 2015

A dozen organizations have earned recognition for their efforts to purchase "green" electronics, reduce energy and paper use and responsibly divert e-scrap.

The government and nonprofit organizations received awards through the State Electronics Challenge, a program managed by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC).

"The Challenge is a unique program that works to change the way organizations look at their own operations, and to recognize that simple changes have a true impact," said Lynn Rubinstein, challenge program manager. Rubinstein is also executive director of NERC.

The following organizations received gold awards:

  • Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority (Pennsylvania)
  • Chewonki Foundation (Maine)
  • Corvallis, Ore.
  • DuPage County, Ill.
  • Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)
  • La Crosse, Wis.
  • Providence, R.I. School Department
  • Regional Technology Cooperative, Borough of State College, Penn.
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

The following received silver awards:

  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Upper Merion Township, Penn.

The following received a bronze award:

  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Some of the above organizations have won awards from the State Electronics Program in the past. Those receiving awards for the first time include Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, Chewonki Foundation, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the City of Fort Collins.

To earn awards, organizations have to meet standards in the following areas: implementing environmentally friendly procurement policies and purchasing EPEAT-registered products, taking steps to conserve energy and reduce paper usage, responsibly reusing or donating old electronics or recycling them through third-party-certified organizations.

Currently, 150 organizations from 37 states participate in the challenge. This is the seventh year of the program.

The challenge is funded through sponsorships from Samsung, Panasonic, the Consumer Electronics Association and the R2/RIOS program.



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Wide world of e-scrap

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:54
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

May 14, 2015

Hong Kong has picked a company to run its $71 million e-scrap facility, and a recycling coalition in Europe is using selfies to encourage electronics recycling.

Hong Kong's Environmental Protection Department has awarded a contract to ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions Hong Kong Limited to design, build and run a government-funded, $71 million e-scrap facility. The operation will have the capacity to process approximately 33,000 tons of electronics once it's on-line.

The United Nations has released a report on the controversial topic of global waste crime. Following last month's United Nations University study on global e-scrap generation and recovery, the latest from the UN offers a variety of estimates on global e-scrap recovery and "dumping" rates. Access the complete report here.

The European Recycling Coalition has launched an innovative social media campaign utilizing selfies as a rallying call for e-scrap recycling. Participants take photos of themselves holding used devices and pledge to recycle those products responsibly.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:53
Certification scorecard

May 14, 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.

Yesterday's Business Computers, Inc. of Hillsborough, N.J. is now certified to the ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 standards.

Access of Chico, Calif.; C2 Management of Berryville, Va.; Dakota Data Shred of Sioux Falls, S.D.; EnviroShred NW of Portland, Ore.; Green Team Shred-Safe of Pooraka, Australia; International Paper Recycling of Des Moines, Iowa; Kard Recycling Service, Inc. of New Berlin, Wis.; LionCage of Kew Gardens, N.Y.; Metro Record Storage and Shredding of Bakersfield, Calif.; On-Site Shredding of Stamford, Conn.; Paper Dragon of Grand Island, Neb.; ShredTex of Houston; and Tri State Shred of Dubuque, Iowa 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

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:52
NewsBits

May 14, 2015

A judge has ruled that E-Waste Systems owes former employees at a now-shuttered Ohio processing facility more than $51,000 in back pay, and Cincinnati Reds fans can score tickets to a game by participating in an e-scrap collection event.

A judge in Ohio has ruled in favor of the former employees of publicly-traded E-Waste Systems, Inc. Plaintiffs who worked at the company's now-shuttered Springdale, Ohio processing facility were awarded more than $51,000 in back pay, court documents show. In addition to the Ohio closure, E-Waste Systems has closed operations in New York and California, leaving the company with no active facilities.

Brockport, N.Y.-based Sunnking, Inc. has purchased Coast 2 Coast Electronics Recyclers, a move that provides the Sunnking with a brick-and-mortar presence in Syracuse, N.Y.. Founded in 2000, Sunnking's facilities are R2 certified.

Cincinnati Reds fans can help the environment and score tickets to a game by arriving early to an e-scrap collection event. The PNC/Players for the Planet E-Waste Recycling Drives will ">"provide free Reds tickets to the first 200 cars to arrive at the collection events.

Washington state is preparing rules requiring electronics manufacturers to submit more details to the state regarding composition of e-scrap collected and whether it is reused, recycled or disposed. The state's Department of Ecology is beginning the process of amending rules to incorporate recently passed legislative changes, which also include changes to how each company's collection targets are calculated. Click here to sign up for the listserv providing details on changes.


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CEA reports all-time high recycling in 2014

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:05
CEA reports all-time high recycling in 2014

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

May 7, 2015

The Consumer Electronics Association has announced manufacturers recycled 660 million pounds of end-of-life electronics in 2014. The group has a goal of reaching 1 billion pounds annually by 2017.

The fourth annual report on CEA's eCycling Leadership Initiative states e-scrap recovery reached an all-time high in 2014. The 2014 total of 660 million pounds represents a 40 million pound increase over 2013's haul and is more than double the amount original equipment manufacturers collected during the first year of the program, in 2010.

It also highlights that virtually all material collected under the program -- 99.9 percent -- went to third party certified recycling companies.

In addition to the overall recovery increase, CEA's vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability, Walter Alcorn, noted the increasingly lightweight build of electronics entering the waste stream as evidence that manufacturers are "continuing to recycle an even greater percentage of covered electronics than in years past."

CEA's eCycling project, which was created to increase consumer electronics recycling opportunities in the U.S., has seen its members create more than 8,500 collection locations nationwide. The program has also been vocal in its television and radio-based outreach, broadcasting 9,192 TV ads and reaching 80 million listeners in 2014, the report notes.

While the program will continue working toward a goal of collecting 1 billion pounds of electronics by 2017, the CEA also stresses support for a "national approach" to scrap electronics recycling in the U.S.

The issue of adopting a national collection framework is a complicated one for the electronics recycling industry. Generally, original equipment manufactures (OEMs) have opposed additional electronics recycling laws following the standard model of requiring OEMs to fund the programs. It is unclear what shape a national take-back program would take, although it is likely OEMs would be tasked with some level of responsibility, financial or otherwise.

CEA could not be reached for comment.

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2015 Recycling Innovators Forum launches

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:05
2015 Recycling Innovators Forum launches

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

May 7, 2015

Hungry entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for improving the e-scrap recycling industry will receive a helping hand this fall.

The 2015 Recycling Innovators Forum and is now accepting entries from people and organizations with actionable ideas to advance recycling. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015.

This fall's Forum marks the third year for the recycling innovation event.

Up to 10 finalists will receive travel and lodging scholarships to attend the Resource Recycling Conference, to be held Sept. 28-30 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The finalists will present their ideas to a panel of judges and an audience of industry decision-makers and investors at the Recycling Innovators Forum, held on Sept. 28 in conjunction with the conference. Judges will select a winner to receive a $20,000 prize to help move their innovation forward.

Resource Recycling magazine, sister publication to E-Scrap News, will also feature the winning ideas in online and print stories.

In 2014, a finalist was Fundente Production Partnership, which aimed the tackle the challenging CRT glass market by using the material as a fluxing agent at copper smelters, feeding an immediate demand for the item as a flux without undercutting higher-end lead smelters.

The third annual Recycling Innovators Forum is made possible thanks to major sponsorships from the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division, Waste Management and Resource Recycling, Inc., with additional support from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers.

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Battery recycling bill on table in Texas

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:04
Battery recycling bill on table in Texas

By Jared Paben, E-Scrap News

May 7, 2015

The Texas Legislature's serious consideration of a law mandating take-back and recycling for all household batteries sends a signal to other states considering the same, an advocate for the bill says.

"If conservative Republicans in Texas are advocating for battery recycling, legislatures all across the country have the green light to do this," Robin Schneider, executive director of the Texas Campaign for the Environment, told E-Scrap News. "Even if the legislation doesn't pass the first time around, it provides impetus and some leverage for other legislatures to also get on board with this issue."

HB 3153 would require the battery industry create a free statewide takeback and recycling program for single-use and rechargeable batteries. Battery makers that refuse to participate would be prohibited from selling batteries in the state.

Manufacturers -- or stewardship organizations working on their behalf -- would submit plans to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which would approve or require plan modifications. The plans would include participating manufacturers, collection locations, goals, plans for recycling and public outreach activities.

At a May 5 hearing, the House of Representatives Committee on Environmental Regulation decided to hold off approving the bill. The decision came after the author, Rep. Rodney Anderson, a Republican representing Irving/Grand Prairie, asked that it be studied in more depth because only one other state, Vermont, has established a similar program.

Some think the bill goes too far, while others think it fails to go far enough, Anderson told the committee.

"It's really trying to create a framework for an agreed-upon bill between industry, between the battery manufacturers," Anderson said.

If it isn't considered this year, the bill could be approved during the next legislative session, which would take place in 2017.

Schneider said the bill would be the first in the country to cover both single-use and rechargeable batteries.

Industry-funded nonprofit organization Call2Recycle organizes the nationwide collection and recycling of rechargeable batteries. Call2Recycle CEO and President Carl Smith testified at the hearing in favor of mandatory participation, noting that his organization pays to collect and recycle a substantial number of batteries from nonparticipating manufacturers.

In 2007, a GOP representative in the Texas House of Representatives carried a bill to establish extended-producer responsibility for computers, and another Republican authored a similar bill for televisions in 2011. Both were signed into law by then-Gov. Rick Perry.

"What we continue to show in Texas is that producer takeback recycling is not a partisan issue and there's strong support from conservative Republicans for this policy," Schneider said.

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Wide world of e-scrap

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:03
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

May 7, 2015

Poland and Slovenia are in hot water for failing to implement European Union e-scrap and white goods recycling laws, and the head of the United Nations Environment Programme is warning of a glut of e-scrap.

The European Commission has referred Poland and Slovenia to the European Union's (EU) Court of Justice for failing to enact EU e-scrap and white goods recycling laws. Among other things, the updated EU laws include an ambitious new collection target for 2016 of 45 percent of electronic equipment sold.

The head of the United Nations Environment Programme is warning the world about dangers presented by a coming glut of e-scrap. He also pointed to the opportunities to recover vast amounts of precious materials by "urban mining." For some materials, there is a larger quantity in unused electronics above ground than there is underground.

E-scrap recycling companies in Germany are still feeling the squeeze from low values in raw materials and tougher regulations increasing their costs. A slightly higher copper value is providing a temporary reprieve, but analysts don't see reason for the trend to continue.



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Certification scorecard

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:03
Certification scorecard

May 7, 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.

Accurate Document Destruction of Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Alliance Document Shredding of Sulphur Springs, Texas; ASDD a division of TCH is a Not for Profit of Tempe, Ariz.; ATI SecureDocs of Austin, Texas; Beacon Secure of Tucson, Ariz.; Beckley's Inc. of Rochester, Minn.; Confidential Materials Destruction Service, Ltd. of New Territories, Hong Kong; DataShield Corporation of Omaha, Neb.; Goodwill of OC/Landmark Services of Santa Ana, Calif.; Greenway Shredding & Recycling of Louisville, Ky.; Texas Security Shredding of Houston, Texas; and Valley Green Shredding, LLC of Westfield, Mass. have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, e-End of Frederick, Md. has renewed tits 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 here.

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NewsBits

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:00
NewsBits

May 7, 2015

A California judge has ordered Dollar Tree Stores to pay $2.72 million and improve its waste disposal methods at its California stores after it was found throwing electronics, batteries and corrosive liquids in the trash. The company has already adopted new policies, procedures and training programs related to hazardous waste disposal.

Advanced Technology Recycling now holds the world record for the most e-scrap collected at multiple locations in one week, the company announced. It collected 1,180,442 pounds of electronics over a seven-day period around Earth Day at six sites, setting a Guinness World Record. The previous record, by an Australia-based company, was 1,045,491 pounds.

That shot of Office Space's Michael Bolton viciously attacking the infamously unreliable office printer isn't the only "e-scrapping" clip out there. Slate has assembled a video with the best clips of people quickly transforming their electronics into scrap.

John Shegerian and Allen Hershkowitz of Electronic Recyclers International have weighed in on the dangers exporting e-scrap to China can pose to national securit in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Parts can be removed from e-scrap, dressed up to look new and sold back to the U.S. to serve crucial roles in military hardware, they write, calling on Congress to tighten export laws.  The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, which last year failed to move out of a House subcomittee, would tighten restrictions on exports of e-scrap, but has been met with mixed support in the industry.

So far in 2015, Washington state has collected roughly the same amount of e-scrap it did last year, the state Department of Ecology reports. Last year, the state collected 44.36 million pounds of e-scrap, the first time weight collected had decreased from the year before.

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