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E-Scrap Industry Updates

June 2020

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced the new directors for its electronics commodity division are Craig Boswell of HOBI International, Adam Shine of Sunnking, and Megan Tabb of Synergy Recycling.

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) resumed in-person audits this week and announced that virtual audits are not acceptable for determining certification compliance.

Secure Enterprise Asset Management (SEAM) joined The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance (TERRA) and its mail-in recycling program, Done with IT.

The United Nations published a request-for-information for electronics processors to handle material generated at some of the organization’s facilities.

May 2020

CTIA, a trade association representing the wireless communications industry, issued its first CTIA Authorized Service Center certification to a refurbishment facility, Global Resale in Austin, Texas.

Repair organization iFixit published a database of medical equipment service resources, including repair manuals for ventilators and other devices.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) named Adina Renee Adler as vice president of advocacy. Adler previously served as assistant vice president of international affairs for the group.

ITRenew, an ITAD firm focusing on data center decommissioning, released a Data Center Impact Report discussing the economic and environmental value of equipment in this sector.

TwoRivers ITAD Solutions joined The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance (TERRA) and its mail-in recycling program, Done with IT.

ER2, an Arizona-headquartered electronics processor with facilities across the country, received “Great Place to Work” certification.

Eriez announced that Jaisen Kohmuench has been promoted to vice president-international.

The e-Stewards certification standard released a guidance document for its updated standard. Additionally, Greeneye Partners will host webinars covering the e-Stewards changes as well as the updated R2 standard.

The International Secure Information Governance & Management Association (i-SIGMA) announced its 2020-21 board of directors, which includes representatives from companies involved in electronic data destruction. The organization, of which the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is a part, also released a survey indicating more optimism in the data destruction industry in May than the previous month.

SAMR is celebrating 20 years in the e-scrap recycling industry.

Stony Brook University was named winner of the RecycleMania collegiate recycling competition for total amount recycled in the e-scrap category. The university collected more than 112,000 pounds of e-scrap.

Synergy Electronics Recycling joined The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance (TERRA) and its mail-in recycling program, Done with IT.

E-scrap and ITAD firm 4THBIN appointed Cynthia Salitsky as the company’s chief marketing officer.

Canadian processor eCycle Solutions joined The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance (TERRA) and its mail-in recycling program, Done with IT. 

Certification consulting firm GlenView Group will host several webinars touching on COVID-19 as well as updates to R2 and other certification standards.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) applauded the federal Surface Transportation Board for decisions expected to reduce railroad demurrage costs. 

E-scrap processor Sunnking launched CoronaBuyBack.com, a purchasing service to help people dispose of devices during the coronavirus pandemic. Consumers can submit devices with a power cord or battery, except for most TVs. 

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions rolled out Vision-AR, a communication headset that allows customers to receive more effective guidance from the Van Dyk service desk.

April 2020

Apple will delay production of this year’s iPhone models due to the global economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Swedish device reuse company Inrego and the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute published a database model to measure the environmental savings of reusing electronics.

Information security organization i-SIGMA will allow companies to use a payment plan for NAID AAA Certification and PRISM Privacy+ renewal fees, in response to economic hardships from the coronavirus pandemic. The organization also released a survey highlighting how COVID-19 has impacted the data security industry, including ITAD service providers.

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) announced that the R2 Technical Advisory Committee is nearing the end of its review of public comments on the second draft of the R2v3 Standard. SERI also asked recycling firms to look for medical equipment coming through their recycling streams, to potentially refurbish that gear for use in the COVID-19 response.

Toshiba announced it has prevented about 1,500 tons of material from entering landfills through its EcoSmart Toner Recycling Program and by working with recycling firm Close the Loop.

Used phone purchasing company ecoATM released the results of a survey highlighting environmental attitude changes since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Rare earths recycling firm Geomega Resources temporarily modified its facility to produce hand sanitizer to help with coronavirus response efforts.

PCs for People launched Givecomputers.org, a nationwide coronavirus response effort to collect, refurbish and distribute computers to students in need.

Device trade-in company Phobio published information on how much material can be recovered through electronics recycling. 

To assist in the national effort to curtail COVID-19, Samsung is offering free repairs of its phones being used by first responders and health-care workers.

American Manganese, which developed a lithium-ion battery recycling process, signed a memorandum of understanding with Voltabox, a battery producer, for supply of end-of-life materials.

Apple released an iPhone SE model priced at $399. In separate Apple news, several prototypes of Apple Watch models were discovered in e-scrap facilities and sold to an Italian collector.

Eriez announced that Lukas Guenthardt has been appointed as president and CEO. 

Evotus, which recovers gold from circuit boards using a chemical dissolution process, opened its processing facility this month.

USA Recycling Centers (USARC) joined The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance (TERRA) and its mail-in recycling program, Done with IT.

Waveform released survey results indicating Americans “overwhelmingly” support right-to-repair legislation.

The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, published guidance on shipments of waste during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ontario processor Greentec will donate 100 refurbished laptops to students and healthcare workers, citing higher device demand with more remote working and learning due to the coronavirus.

Midwest Recycling Center (MRC) joined the ITADCentral marketplace, a platform connecting ITAD providers with customers.

The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) released a statement thanking Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., for his letter to federal officials in support of providing personal protective equipment for solid waste workers.

PCS Wireless announced Suminder Sran has joined the company as chief technology officer.

The Singapore CEA Alliance for Research in Circular Economy (SCARCE) is developing a metals recovery process that uses chemistry to extract materials.

Apple may consider delaying the release of its first 5G iPhone due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review.

Crowdsourcing platform Ennomotive is hosting a challenge to build an open-source ventilator with an eye toward improving mass treatment of COVID-19 patients.

ER2 wrote about its work providing refurbished devices to school districts, businesses and health care systems amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ERD, which specializes in industrial device repair, produced an infographic on the importance of recycling industrial electronics.

ERI donated 300 N95 respirator masks to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., where ERI is headquartered.

Motherboard wrote about independent repair shops being designated as “essential” businesses in many states.

Sims Lifecycle Services parent company Sims Limited finalized the sale of some of its European electronics recycling operations. The sale was announced last year.

The State Electronics Challenge announced the winners of its 2019 awards.

SungEel MCC Americas received permit approval from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for a proposed lithium-ion battery recycling plant.

The U.S. EPA updated its Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool, which estimates environmental impacts associated with buying or manufacturing materials with varying degrees of recycled content.

Veolia North America, which recycles electronics, is donating 40,000 masks to hospitals in Albuquerque, N.M.; Colton, Calif.; Houston; Montreal; New York City; and Philadelphia.

March 2020

Apple closed all stores outside of China until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. Devices left at Apple stores for repair cannot be picked up until the locations reopen.

Donation groups are asking for personal protective equipment (PPE) that will be sent to health care workers facing shortages of supplies in the fight against COVID-19. E-scrap processor Sunnking recently donated N95 masks to health care workers in New York.

Sims Lifecycle Services’ parent company issued a statement on business conditions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. PIRG published a report examining barriers to greater smartphone repairability.

Apple published information about how consumers can get their devices repaired while the company’s stores are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Canadian government ratified the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the last of the three countries to officially approve the free-trade agreement.

The Egyptian Ministry of Environment will launch an e-scrap recycling app.

Greentec became an approved processor of mercury-bearing bulbs and tubes for the Take Back the Light program, managed by the Recycling Council of Ontario.

Used electronics marketplace Refurbed raised $17 million in funding.

Used device marketplace Back Market launched an Android widget that helps consumers reduce carbon dioxide emissions while charging devices.

ERI Executive Chairman John Shegerian will host a weekly podcast titled “IMPACT! with John Shegerian.”

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) canceled its upcoming ISRI2020 conference due to COVID-19.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) approved a policy on extended producer responsibility (EPR) at the group’s winter board meeting in Nashville, Tenn. ISRI also passed its 2020 advocacy agenda.

Machinex is celebrating 50 years in the equipment manufacturing business.

MSS developed an optical sorter geared toward sorting shredded flat-panel displays.

S3 Recycling Solutions named Rick Dukes as the company’s director of operations. Dukes formerly worked as account executive and operations manager at Sims Lifecycle Services.

Electronics brand Sonos will stop requiring customers to render their used devices inoperable when they use the company’s trade-up program. Sonos previously faced criticism for the policy.

Vecoplan hired Kirsti Nelson to head the company’s marketing department and Mike Wilhoit to lead its after-market department.

Industrial Magnetics announced that the company saw record deliveries of its products in 2019.

RecycleForce named Dustin Jones as the company’s chief operating officer.

ITAD provider ServerMonkey appointed Bashar Hindi as CEO.

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) announced Rick Goss has been elected chair of the organization’s board of directors.

February 2020

Green Vision Inc., a nonprofit e-scrap firm in Randolph, N.J., will work with a local healthcare provider to recycle devices from clinical engineering departments.

ITAD firm SMR Worldwide rebranded and changed its name to Sprout.

Tomra Sorting Recycling published an e-book about artificial intelligence and its implications for the recycling industry.

The WEEE Forum, an association of stewardship groups, will hold an international conference on May 27-28 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR) relocated its Hoover, Ala. location to a larger facility in Birmingham, Ala.

Cobalt joined The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance (TERRA) and its mail-in recycling program, Done with IT.

The Digital Right to Repair Act in Massachusetts passed out of committee in the legislature with a favorable report.

Atlanta electronics repair firm ScreenFixing will open a second location in Decatur, Ga.

Apple began offering a service allowing customers to get iPhone repair service at home, and the company is using at least one repair firm in its Apple-authorized service provider program.

Online resale marketplace Back Market is working on a sustainable jewelry project that is sourcing precious metals from e-scrap with help from Closing the Loop.

EnviroLeach received its second patent on a proprietary hydrometallurgical processing technology.

Hyla Mobile wrote about trade-in trends throughout 2019, noting that customers received higher values for returned devices and that the average age of traded-in devices increased.

Industrial Magnetics, Inc. will construct a 6,000-square-foot facility to help customers choose magnetic separation products by running samples of their product stream in a test environment.

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