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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

January 2019

ERI co-founder John Shegerian released a statement in response to a recent media report that focused on businesses selling end-of-life IT assets without completing proper data destruction procedures.

Research firm Gartner found that worldwide PC shipments declined 4.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018. The International Data Corporation released results showing a similar trend.

The Green Electronics Council (GEC) will launch an Environmental Benefits Calculator to measure various benefits of purchasing products registered to GEC’s Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).

IT Asset Partners (ITAP) and Sprint settled a lawsuit over alleged misrepresentation of device quality in business transactions. E-Scrap News previously wrote about the legal action.

E-scrap processor SMR hired Kevin Farmer as director of marketing and sales. Farmer has worked in the industry for 15 years, holding positions with ERI, Iron Mountain and other companies.

Financial technology company APT Systems launched a subsidiary called AUREX Trading and Recovery, which will trade precious metals and other commodities from e-scrap.

CM Recycling Equipment Solutions, a manufacturer of tire shredding equipment and other recycling machinery, was acquired by Bengal Machine, parent company of Schutte-Buffalo Hammermill.

Processor EWASTE+ became the first company to achieve solid state device data erasure certification under the National Association for Information Destruction’s (NAID) new standard.

Precious metals refiner Gannon & Scott President Chris Jones stated that current “Made in America” standards can burden U.S. metals recycling efforts.

HP Enterprise (HPE) began offering clients a “Circular Economy Report,” providing tools to calculate savings and environmental benefits associated with using HPE’s ITAD services.

Device reverse logistics firm Hyla Mobile released a white paper titled “Mobile Devices and the Circular Economy.”

Reair hub iFixit produced a video ranking the most and least repairable devices of 2018.

Super Micro Computer, a cloud computing service provider, published a report exploring how data centers manage e-scrap.

December 2018

American Baler Company hired Sean Gertsch as key account sales, making him responsible for developing national and OEM accounts.  

ERI announced that New York City’s electronics recycling program has collected more than 20 million pounds since the effort launched several years ago.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) released its 2018 Recycling Industry Yearbook.

ProtectStar announced update 3.3 of iShredder iOS, the company’s iOS data eraser app.

SungEel Metallica Americas (SMCC) announced the location of its first lithium-ion battery recycling plant will be in Endicott, N.Y. at a former IBM site.

Teleplan now offers Asset Disposal & Information Security Alliance-certified data erasure services for HDDs and SSDs through its Proteus platform.

Back Market, a used device trading platform, conducted a survey of its customers and found that 94 percent of them would buy or consider buying a refurbished device to give as a gift.

The E-Cycle Washington state e-scrap program released its November collection report, indicating the year-to-date collection weight is 82.1 percent of the weight collected over the same period in 2017.

ERI announced that its executive chairman, John Shegerian, recently gave a presentation focusing on data security issues and “the new wild West of hardware hacking.”

The International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that the PC and tablet market will decline 3.9 percent in 2018. IDC also predicts that worldwide smartphone shipments will decline by 3 percent in 2018. IDC further released its findings that worldwide server shipments increased 18.3 percent year over year in the third quarter.

The Green Electronics Council pushed back the launch of its updated Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Computers and Display 2018 Product Category to Jan. 18, 2019, following stakeholder feedback.

FixHax, a San Francisco technology company that provides a platform to connect repair providers with clients, announced plans to offer its services nationwide.

E-scrap processor Liquid Technology supported education organization Per Scholas with $10,000 in matching funds for Giving Tuesday.

TCO Certified, a certification standard highlighting sustainability elements in IT products, announced it has added new criteria focusing on product durability, repairability and upgradeability.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released a holiday guide with tips on buying repaired or refurbished electronics.

November 2018

Converge Engineering launched its new website,, to provide customers with a comprehensive resource for replacement conveyor belting and accessories.

Counterpoint Technology Market Research reports the global market for refurbished phones grew 10 percent in the second quarter, while the market for new phones dropped slightly.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) issued a release about its role advocating for the industry in front of federal leaders around America Recycles Day.

Liquid Technology released a white paper designed to provide organizations with IT asset retirement knowledge.

Re-Teck, a subsidiary of Li Tong Group, was recently featured in The Technology Headlines Magazine.

The Vested Group released a software product for electronics reuse companies called reVESTED.

William (Bill) Long, executive vice president of All Green Recycling and All Green Precious Metal Recovery of Charlotte, N.C., has died. Long had an extensive career in the electronics and e-scrap industries and was heavily involved with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

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.

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