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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

November 2018

Clover Wireless, a mobile device supply chain management company, acquired TSSI, a reverse logistics and asset recovery company.

Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations hired Bob Lafon as its director of mobility to oversee the e-scrap company’s mobile device activities.

The E-Cycle Washington state e-scrap program released its latest collection report, and its year-to-date collection volume is 82.6 percent of the weight collected during the same period in 2017.

ERI and Amazon will celebrate America Recycles Day on Nov. 15 by providing e-scrap collection and education events in Dallas; Denver; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.

Repair hub iFixit released teardown guides rating the repairability of three Apple products: the iPad Pro 11″ (which received a 3/10 rating) the upgraded Mac mini (6/10) and the new MacBook Air (3/10).

National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) founder Bob Johnson will speak in Tokyo on Nov. 20 at an event marking the first NAID-Japan conference.

Apple is introducing a Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot program, according to

E-Reuse Services issued a press release with the results of the 2018 Electronics Reuse Conference, which was held Oct. 28-31 in Nashville, Tenn. E-Scrap News’ coverage of the conference can be found here.

International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates the worldwide tablet market declined 8.6 percent during the third quarter compared with the same period in 2017.

The Electronics Recycling Action Group of Recycle Colorado is conducting a survey regarding illegal dumping of electronics and related issues.

The Global Recycling Standards Organization, which administers the the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS), elected Darrell Hogan as its chairman for a two-year term. Hogan is vice president of global operations and compliance at AER Worldwide.

Online scrap material trading platform announced its launch.

Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations announced that Alicia Suessmith, its vice president of people operations, was selected as a “2018 Rising Star Under 40” for the 7 Rivers Region of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Trade-in device marketplace Gazelle started a loyalty program to reward returning customers.

Hyla Mobile released a report noting that consumers are holding onto their smartphones for longer durations before disposing of them.

Liquid Technology launched a podcast series featuring IT and tech professionals, and the first episode was an interview with Jim Puckett, executive director of the Basel Action Network.

Motorola is the first major phone maker to partner with and supply repair hub iFixit with official repair parts.

Shred Nations opened the application period for its 2019 scholarship program.

Sims Recycling Solutions was included in a recent ITAD market guide. The company also recently launched a mobile-optimized website.

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) issued a formal interpretation describing situations when due diligence is not required for broken or untested equipment leaving an R2-certified facility.

October 2018

Houston processor Altech will celebrate its 34th anniversary in business in November.

The Global Recycling Foundation announced the theme for the 2019 Global Recycling Day will be “Recycling into the Future.”

The International Data Corporation (IDC) released its findings that nearly 67.4 million PCs were shipped during the third quarter, marking a 0.9 percent year-over-year decline.

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) will hold a series of end-of-project webinars to discuss and report on its Value Recovery from Used Electronics initiative.

Re-Teck launched its “Recycling for a Cause” program, in which the company collects donated electronics, repurposes or recycles them, and gives the revenues to charitable organizations. The company also announced the launch of its newly designed website.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released its findings that 45 out of 50 electronics and appliance manufacturers void warranties on products that receive independent repair.

The WEEE Forum reported on the results of its first International E-Waste Day on Oct. 13.

E-Cycle Washington, the state’s extended producer responsibility program for electronics, collected 19.39 million pounds from January through September, 81.8 percent of the weight collected during the same period in 2017.

Umicore announced its compliance with the Cenelec standard on the final treatment of copper- and precious metals-bearing e-scrap fractions at its Hoboken, Belgium facility.

Xerox achieved EPEAT registration in North America for a number of devices and has become the first company to have printing devices in Europe listed on the EPEAT registry.

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) is sponsoring The E-Waste Academy, a collaborative effort organized by United Nations University under the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) initiative.

Transparency Market Research estimates the global ITAD market will experience a 7.1 percent compound annual growth rate between 2016 and 2024.

Trident Manor has signed a deal with the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) that will allow the U.K.-based firm to perform NAID AAA certification audits in Europe.

September 2018

CyberCrunch has been nominated for the top 10 solution providers of the year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC).

Homeboy Electronics Recycling was featured in a USA Today article, which focused on the nonprofit e-scrap processor’s mission of employing ex-convicts.

Billy Johnson, chief lobbyist for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has been appointed to the R2 Technical Advisory Committee of Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI).

UN Environment wrote about the upcoming construction of an e-scrap recycling facility in Agbogbloshie, Ghana, and suggested that the project indicates there is additional potential for waste management investment in Africa.

The Electronic Recycling Association will hold its monthly Day of Donations campaign in Edmonton, Alberta, where the group will donate 30 laptops to a local school.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) hired Scott Wiggins as its vice president of EH&S.

The governing board for the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) approved a new code of ethics and complaint process. The group also approved adding solid state devices (SSDs) to its data erasure certification program. E-Scrap News previously reported on the proposed addition.

The U.S. Public Interest Group (U.S. PIRG) wrote about the right-to-repair movement and how it pertains to medical equipment.

Verizon will sponsor its eighth annual electronics recycling event at the company’s campus in Ashburn, Va. During the previous seven events, participants turned in 150 tons of e-scrap.

Used mobile device marketplace Back Market has launched an advertising campaign criticizing planned obsolescence in electronics. It was timed concurrent with Apple gearing up to remove the iPhone 6s from its product catalog.

Charleston County, S.C. settled its legal dispute with Carolina Pines I, LLC, which owns a property formerly used by closed e-scrap processor Creative Recycling Systems. A judge is expected to decide within a week whether two other municipalities that contracted with Creative should contribute to e-scrap cleanup costs.

The Electronics Reuse Conference announced its goal of making its 2018 event waste free, an effort that includes replacing single-use items with reusable alternatives, providing on-site recycling options, and other measures.

Canon has released its 2018 sustainability report, which includes details about the company’s recycling-related initiatives.

Researchers at the Critical Materials Institute and Ames Laboratory have received a Notable Technology Development Award from the Federal Laboratories Consortium for their work on a magnet recycling process that recovers rare earths.

State e-scrap program E-Cycle Washington released its latest collection report, showing that the year-to-date collection total for Washington is 82.9 percent of the weight collected over the same period in 2017.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that global shipments of personal computers will decline by 3.9 percent this year. Meanwhile, IDC released figures showing that worldwide shipments of servers increased 20.5 percent year over year during the second quarter.

IT certification provider TCO Certified has published criteria for the organization’s latest standard, which is titled “generation 8.”

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