Bobby Elliott is the editor at large at Resource Recycling. He has been with the company since 2013 and has reported extensively on the e-scrap industry, including CRT glass recycling, state electronics recycling programs and flat panel display processing. He can be reached at [email protected]
Regulators in California are studying a number of legislative fixes to the nation’s longest-running e-scrap program, including expanding the existing consumer-funded model or going with a more commonly used system financed by OEMs.
Former employees of E-Waste Systems have yet to be paid over $240,000 in court-ordered compensation. Meanwhile, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently took action against the short-lived publicly traded company.
There was some level of OEM influence in an e-scrap company’s decision to send tens of millions of pounds of CRT glass to the ill-fated Closed Loop Refining and Recovery, statements from Kuusakoski and Sony show.
A lawsuit accuses Closed Loop Refining and Recovery, Kuusakoski, and UNICOR of being responsible for a “sham recycling scheme” that led to the abandonment of over 100 million pounds of CRT material in Columbus, Ohio.