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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

E-Scrap Industry Updates

August 2017

HOBI International has received the 2016 AT&T Supplier Sustainability Award in the Reverse Logistics and Circular Economy category.

Sprint’s 1Million Project will provide devices and wireless connections to 180,000 low-income students around the country starting during this upcoming school year. Used phones can be donated to raise funds to support the charitable program.

Cascade Asset Management and Wisconsin’s Department of Administration have renewed a contract for Cascade to provide recycling and ITAD services for a variety of public agencies statewide.

Sims Metals Management, parent of electronics recycling company Sims Recycling Solutions, announced top personnel changes, including the hiring of a new group CEO.

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) has published keynote presentations delivered at its 2017 Product Stewardship Forum. The keynotes were by John Coyne of the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance and Scott Cassel of PSI.

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) has appointed Vlad Vasak of K2 Partners to its board of directors.

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) has published tips on avoiding a lapse in R2 certification.

July 2017

Commonwealth Computer Recycling, doing business as CyberCrunch, has hired Bora Calistan as its sales manager in the Pittsburgh area.

EnerSys, a battery recycling company, has been awarded Call2Recycle’s 2016 Leaders in Sustainability Award.

ZRG, a medical equipment recycling company, will move its headquarters to Oceanside, Calif.

AmeriScraps, an online scrap trading platform, has announced it will launch in late July.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has announced the formation of a safety training program titled “Hazard Recognition in Recycling.”

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), which administers the R2 electronics recycling standard, has released tips recycling companies can follow when they disagree with an auditor’s evaluation.

June 2017

DirecTV, Greeneye Partners, Sims Recycling Solutions and Sustainable Electronics Recycling International are partnering to help three processing entities in Latin America prepare for R2 certification. The sites are in Chile, Colombia and Ecuador.

Bunting Magnetics has appointed two new sales representatives, who will cover the Northeast and Southwest regions.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has named WestRock’s Linda Leone to its board of directors.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries is celebrating its 30th anniversary and published a timeline of major events in the organization’s history.

LG Electronics has been recognized by the Green Electronics Council for the manufacturer’s efforts in supply chain sustainability.

Nonprofit documentary film organization Extending the Link has released a video about global scrap electronics issues, and it includes interviews with with a variety of industry stakeholders.

Consulting and auditing firm Greeneye Partners has released a list of common issues it identifies when auditing electronics recycling facilities.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has released a new toolkit in advance of the 2017 Safety Stand-Down Day, which will take place June 14.

Reverse supply chain management firm Re-Teck has released a statement regarding President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Battery Solutions, a company that collects, sorts and recycles batteries, has hired a vice president of operations, who will work out of the company’s Howell, Mich. headquarters.

Middletown, Ohio-based Cohen Electronics announced it will open a new IT asset management subsidiary.

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) has reported additional firms in Latin America and the Middle East have achieved R2 certification.

As of this year, the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) has been recycling electronics for 10 years in Saskatchewan, 10 years in British Columbia, five years in Quebec and five years in Manitoba.

Medley, Fla.-based GRC Wireless, which runs and other websites, is celebrating 15 years in business and the recycling of more than seven million phones.