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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

July 2018

Chinese recycling and reuse company announced plans to expand its business to serve the global market, including making investments in the U.S.

Gartner reported worldwide PC shipments during the second quarter were 1.7 percent higher than they were during the same period a year earlier, representing the first quarter of year-over-year growth in six years. International Data Corporation (IDC) reported the same trend, noting that the growth significantly exceeded IDC’s forecast.

The United Nations University StEP Initiative will host a webinar titled “E-Waste Plastics in the Circular Economy.”

Echo Environmental has hired Michael Harbert as its senior manager for business development. Harbert’s background includes more than two decades at ECS Refining.

E-Cycle Washington has collected 12.51 million pounds of electronics so far this year, 82.7 percent of the weight collected over the same period in 2017.

Logistics company iQor has been named MetroPCS Partner of the Year, which recognizes companies’ achievements in customer service and specialty lines of business.

E-scrap smelting company Itronics announced it has increased the silver content in its bullion product by about 50 percent compared with previous releases.

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) has redesigned its AAA certificate to give customers a better explanation of the program’s role and importance in regulatory compliance.

SAMR CEO Albert Boufarah released a statement describing his company’s process of handling end-of-life electronics.

June 2018

The Consumer Technology Association released a study showing smartphones are approaching TVs as the most commonly owned consumer device.

ERI’s executive chairman, John Shegerian, released comments on recent reports of e-scrap burning in the West Bank.

The Green Electronics Council announced that its EPEAT standard for computers and displays will receive an update, and the standard will be more rigorous under the new guidelines.

Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence forecast that the e-scrap market will grow from $1.96 billion in 2017 to $9.88 billion in 2022.

Veolia opened a solar panel recycling plant in France, marking the first facility of its kind in Europe.

Echo Environmental President Tommy McGuire spoke about e-scrap and China’s import restrictions during a recent seminar at Harvard University.

FutureDial, which provides mobile device reverse logistics services, is expanding its European operations.

Transparency Market Research predicts the global market for optical sorters, which are used in the recycling, mining and agricultural industries, is expected to experience a 10 percent compound annual growth rate between 2018 and 2026.

Ireland-headquartered ITAD company Wisetek announced it will open a facility in Sacramento, Calif., joining other U.S. locations in Texas, Maryland and Massachusetts.

Montreal-based Asset Science announced that its data erasure solution has been certified by the Asset Disposal & Information Security Alliance (ADISA) organisation.

John Shegerian, co-founder and executive chairman of national processor ERI, recently spoke at the Best Buy Partner Summit about why his company invested in the Best Buy Teen Tech Center network.

Device repair hub iFixit released a teardown on the LG G7 ThinQ mobile phone, giving it a 4 out of 10 for repairability.

Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services has opened logistics centers in Orlando, Fla.; Hebron, Ky.; and Las Vegas to better serve IT asset disposition (ITAD) customers. The company recently opened an ITAD center in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Itronics, a Reno, Nev. company commercializing a technology to recover metals from printed circuit boards, released an update on operations, projects and first-quarter revenues.

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) has reconvened its Government Relations committee, amid growing opportunities to advance and influence data protection issues.

Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR) will end its free residential TV recycling program, which diverted nearly 6 million pounds from Michigan landfills.

Compass Intelligence has given awards to a number of technology companies, including those running recycling and take-back programs.

Maxxum, an IT asset disposition and data destruction company based in the Twin Cities, announced its continued growth and the return of CEO and owner Rich Woodward to the helm. estimates the global IT asset disposition (ITAD) market will experience an 8.33 percent compound annual growth rate between 2016 and 2022.

Comprenew will open its doors to the public for Father’s Day, offering a chance for families to come to the nonprofit processor’s facility and learn about e-scrap recycling.

Enviroleach has announced several developments in its operations, including multiple personnel hires as well as a delay in progress due to higher-than-anticipated metal content in some of the feedstock at the company’s pilot plant.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has forecast that global smartphone sales will decline 0.2 percent to 1.46 billion units in 2018. IDC also predicts shipments of PCs and tablets will decline 3.5 percent this year, to 408.3 million devices shipped.

May 2018

The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER), which backs a bill restricting U.S. exports of e-scrap, testified to the U.S. Trade Representative that such limits should be a key talking point in negotiations with China over trade.

CT Cellutions (CTC) has reached a non-binding agreement in principle to merge with Mobile Capital Management (MCM).  

CyberCrunch has partnered with the Delaware County, Pa. district attorney to provide residents free physical data destruction services during a June 2 event.

Registration is now open for the Electronics Reuse Conference, which will be held Oct. 29-31 in Nashville, Tenn.

ERI‘s director of OEM, sustainability and legislative affairs, David Hirschler, discussed effective partnerships in the age of digital security threats as part of a panel discussion at the Cyber Investing Summit in New York City.

Green Electronics Council (GEC), the organization that manages the EPEAT sustainable electronics label, announced its 2018 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners.

Call2Recycle has launched its Avoid The Spark battery safety campaign in California, citing growing popularity of consumer electronics and the rechargeable batteries they rely on.

Waste-to-energy company Covanta helped to collect roughly 7,700 pounds of material during an e-scrap event in New York City.

Nonprofit e-scrap processor RecycleForce partnered with Indiana-based company Cook Group to put on a Bloomington, Ind. collection event, which netted nearly 254,000 pounds.

EQM Indexes has launched its Battery Metals and Mining Index, which tracks companies involved in producing and recycling metals used in batteries in electronics, electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

St. Petersburg, Fla.-based iQor, which is involved in electronics repair and recycling, has joined the Reverse Logistics & Service Quality (RLSQ) Leadership Council of CTIA, a trade organization that represents the U.S. wireless communications industry.

National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) will merge with Professional Records and Information Services Management (PRISM International) to form a new industry trade association called International Secure Information Governance & Management Association (i-SIGMA).

ERI hosted a delegation of government officials and business leaders from Sri Lanka as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Special American Internship Training Program.

FutureDial, a mobile device processing company for wireless carriers, trade-in companies and third-party logistics providers, announced that its Lean One-Touch data clearing platform has received Asset Disposal & Information Security Alliance (ADISA) certification.

International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates smartphone shipments declined 2.9 percent year-over-year during the first quarter of 2018.

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) will increase R2 license fees by 33 percent for standard licenses, 25 percent for nonprofit licenses and 33 percent for companies operating multiple facilities. The change will be reflected on invoices going out on or after July 1. SERI also released a new code of practices advisory on subdivided buildings.

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