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Industry Announcements


E-Scrap News highlights the latest announcements from industry companies and organizations. If your business or group has a development to share, email [email protected].

E-Scrap Industry Updates

December 2017

Apple has increased the maximum trade-in value it will pay for MacBook Pro and iMac computers, from a previous $1,500 up to the new $2,500 limit.

The Indiana Recycling Coalition announced that its executive director, Carey Hamilton, who advocated on behalf of the state creating its electronics recycling program, will step down next year to focus on her role as a state legislator.

The Reverse Logistics Association announced its 2018 Conference & Expo will be held Feb. 6-8 in Las Vegas.

Sims Recycling Solutions has been selected to work with a London initiative aimed at helping companies become more resilient to digital crime.

Australian OEM-funded recycling service TechCollect asked businesses to increase their recycling efforts, particularly in the e-scrap realm, in connection with the organization’s annual Waste Not, Want Not Day on Dec. 13.

Dynamic Recycling has been dubbed a “great workplace” by an analyst firm called Great Place to Work.

In its November newsletter, the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) announced a new Canadawide outreach campaign titled Recycle My Electronics. The newsletter also notes the Yukon government will not launch its electronics recycling program in February as previously planned, and will instead extend the consultation period.

Phobio, which manages smartphone buyback programs for retailers, found major year-over-year growth in device trade-in volume and value this year.

ReuseConex 2018, the fifth-annual international reuse conference and expo, will be held Oct. 18-20, 2018 in Cincinnati.

T-Mobile has launched a charitable device trade-in program in which customers can choose to donate the money they would otherwise receive for the value of their phone, and the phone carrier will match that value..

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) provided an update on the process of revising the R2 standard, noting that finalizing the changes will likely take longer than initially anticipated.

November 2017

The International Data Corporation predicts global shipments of personal computers will decline by 2.7 percent year over year in 2017. IDC also forecasts global smartphone shipments will grow from 1.5 billion units this year to 1.7 billion units by 2021, and “phablets” (smartphones with larger screens) will skyrocket from 611 million sales this year to 1 billion by 2021.

A Research and Markets report forecasts the global e-scrap management market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.98 percent from 2017 through 2021.

Tetchy Tech, a Minnesota-based company that buys and sells used cellphones and other smart devices, will support a local children’s hospital by allowing customers to donate to the hospital the money they would otherwise receive through selling their device to Tetchy Tech.

Basel Action Network (BAN) has released its bi-annual report, entitled “Tracking for Transparency.”

The E-Cycle Washington state electronics recycling program announced its device weight collection is down 17 percent from the same point a year ago.

Technical services firm TÜV Rheinland has validated that Lenovo will use post-consumer e-plastic content in its all-in-one computer and monitor models.

Rapid Phone Buyer, a cellphone and tablet recycling platform, has been nominated for the 2017 What Mobile Awards in the “best recycling services” category.

ERI announced its executive chairman, John Shegherian, recently spoke at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization conference in Tampa, Fla.

The e-Stewards standard has launched an internet discussion forum that is open to all e-Stewards-certified companies.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released its findings that global smartphone shipments grew 2.7 percent year over year during the third quarter of 2017, and tablet shipments declined 5.4 percent year over year.

TechWaste Recycling, an e-scrap and data destruction company, has expanded its services to include destruction of a wider array of products.

Zion Research has released its estimate that global demand for e-scrap management will experience a compound annual growth rate of 22.7 percent in coming years to be worth $58 billion by 2021.

Dynamic Recycling CEO Miles Harter and President Curt Greeno have been named “2017 rising stars under 40” for the 7 Rivers Region, which covers Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Good Point Recycling owner Robin Ingenthron received the Jim Lynch Award, which was presented at the Electronics Reuse Conference and recognizes lifetime achievements in the electronics reuse and IT asset disposition industry.

October 2017

The Electronic Products Recycling Association of Québec (EPRA-Québec) announced it has recovered more than 10 million devices during its five-year history.

ICM has published an interview with Woon Eden Yi-teng, vice chairman for Asia at ALBA, to promote the Electronics & Cars World Recycling Forum in November.

Tech Dump announced it has processed 20 million pounds of electronics since the social enterprise company launched in 2011.

ERI announced its executive chairman, John Shegerian, presented on the circular economy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce annual business delegation tour.

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is accepting nominations for multiple positions on its board of directors.

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) has released tips on handling lithium batteries, noting they’re quickly becoming the “next big concern.” SERI also announced the transition period for its new auditor training program has ended, meaning all auditors must now complete the training and pass a test to be eligible to conduct R2 audits.

ERI held an e-scrap collection event focused on recovering electronics from the theater industry in New York City.

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International announced there are more than 700 companies certified to its R2 standard, and they’re operating in 30 countries. SERI also announced its support for United Nations University’s E-Waste Academy.