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E-Scrap News highlights the latest announcements from industry companies and organizations. For information on submitting press releases or contributing op-eds to us, review our FAQ page.

E-Scrap Industry Updates

January 2020

Far West Metals of Tualatin, Ore. joined The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance (TERRA) and its mail-in recycling program, Done with IT.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced that longtime ISRI employee Mark Reiter passed away on Jan. 15, and former ISRI chair Jerry Simms passed away on Jan. 17. ISRI created tribute pages for both Reiter and Simms.

Sustainable electronics certification standard organization TCO Development announced that it and over a dozen other organizations are supporting #CircularElectronicsDay, Jan. 24.

Verizon announced a goal to recycle 5 million pounds of e-scrap by 2022, among other sustainability initiatives.

The Arkansas House of Representatives wrote about a subcommittee’s recent focus on electronics recycling collection improvements.

Canadian electric utility BC Hydro published its findings that 77% of British Columbia residents hold onto old electronics. The report noted that older model TVs, in particular, use high amounts of standby power.

The Center for Environmentally Responsible Materials Recycling, a nonprofit organization looking to research e-scrap and other materials recovery streams, named James Dignan as its president.

Hyla Mobile President and CEO Biju Nair wrote about the importance of reusing and recycling mobile devices for the World Economic Forum.

Call2Recycle became the exclusive U.S. distributor for CellBlock Fire Containment Systems, which manufactures battery protection products.

Corporate eWaste Solutions of Brea, Calif. joined The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance (TERRA) and its mail-in recycling program, Done with IT.

HP released products and packaging made with recycled materials, including ocean plastics.

Ingram Micro entered a partnership with data center hardware and ITAD provider Procurri.

Mobile device repair and logistics company changed its name to RELECTRO.

The U.S. EPA lauded a handful of OEMs with its annual Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge Awards.

December 2019

Repair hub iFixit published teardown guides for the Mac Pro 2019, giving it a 9 out of 10 for repairability, and the original Sony Playstation (which is celebrating its 25th birthday), giving it an 8 out of 10. 

Industrial Services of America closed on the sale of its assets to River Metals Recycling, a deal first announced in August. Both scrap metal companies are involved in e-scrap. 

Newtech Recycling of Somerset, N.J. joined The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance (TERRA) and its mail-in recycling program Done with IT. 

After Glencore announced the closure of its New Brunswick smelter, CRT glass processor NovoTec Recycling has signed supply contracts and received import permits to ship glass to Teck’s smelter in British Columbia and Korea Zinc’s smelter in South Korea. 

Electronics buyback company Second Life Mac reports a 300% increase in the number of Apple devices it procured in 2019.

The Closed Loop Refining and Recovery CRT abandonment lawsuits were covered by Columbus, Ohio CBS station WBNS-TV, which interviewed a former Closed Loop employee, visited the former warehouses and reached company executive David Cauchi, who denied the company was running a “scheme.”

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection announced the next application period for electronics recycling firms to participate in the state e-scrap program.

HashCash Consultants launched an initiative aiming to employ blockchain technology to track e-scrap devices through the end-of-life electronics supply chain.

Camera manufacturer Nikon will end its authorized repair program early next year, reducing the number of repair shops with official parts and tools.

Processor 4THBIN opened an office in Pittsburgh.

Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR) certified its eighth U.S. location to the R2 standard and announced it will open a ninth location, in the Midwest, in early 2020. 

E-Reuse Services published a recap of its Electronics Reuse Conference, which was held Nov. 10-13 in Austin, Texas. E-Scrap News recently reported on the event.

The Global Recycling Foundation announced that Global Recycling Day will be observed on March 18, 2020. 

Processor Sadoff joined Done with IT, an e-scrap mail-in service managed by The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance (TERRA).

Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS) Global President Ingrid Sinclair participated in a repair- and reuse-focused workshop at the G7, a meeting of some of the world’s largest economies. SRS also announced that it has contracted with Dutch cloud computing organization SURFsara to manage IT assets.

The Verge published an article and video about e-scrap exports featuring the Basel Action Network (BAN), the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER), the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) and other industry stakeholders.

November 2019

Cascade Asset Management hired Ryan Laber as vice president of business development. He most recently served as director of business development and planning at Arrow Electronics.

Curb My Clutter rebranded and is now called retrievr.

The E-Reuse Conference awarded Neil Peters-Michaud with the Jim Lynch (Hall of Fame) Award, Aakshay “Shay” Kripalani with an Innovation Award and Matt Zieminski with a Rising Star Award.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is accepting entries for the 2020 Design for Recycling Award.

ITAD firm Liquid Technology recycled IT assets from entertainment company Discovery and insurance brokerage NFP free of charge during America Recycles Day.

URT announced it has processed more than 1 billion pounds of e-scrap.

USB Recycling joined TERRA’s e-scrap mail-in service called Done with IT.

Financial services tech firm APT Systems wrote that its electronics recycling subsidiary, AUREX Trading and Recovery, has seen fast-growing revenue.

Dell released 2030 sustainability goals, including an objective to “recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buys” and to have more than half of its product content “recycled or renewable material.”

Gannon & Scott was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor with a 2019 “HIRE Vets” Gold Medallion Award for the company’s hiring of veterans and its retention practices over the past year.

Singaporean e-scrap company TES announced it will open lithium-ion battery recycling facilities in Singapore and France.

Norwegian repair shop PCKompaniet is soliciting donations for a right-to-repair court case against Apple.

The Responsible Battery Coalition and Argonne National Laboratory partnered on a research project exploring battery design for recyclability.

Sims Metal Management published its 2019 sustainability report, noting that the company recycled 400,000 metric tons of e-scrap during the 2019 fiscal year.

Environmental services companies US Ecology and NRC Group completed a merger.

The WEEE Forum announced that its second International E-Waste Day, which was held on Oct. 14, saw the participation of 112 organizations from 48 countries on six continents.

October 2019

Chemical producer BASF and company incubator Greentown Labs selected American Battery Metals, a company involved in battery recycling, as one of five startups in a new accelerator program.

EnviroLeach retained The Blueshirt Group to lead its investor relations and financial communication programs.

EPC will host an open house at the company’s new facility in Bethlehem, Pa.

Cascade Asset Management hired Ryan Laber as its vice president of business development. Laber most recently served as director of business development and planning at Arrow Electronics, which exited the ITAD space over the summer.

New Capital Partners, a Birmingham, Ala.-based private equity firm, invested in Charlotte, N.C.-headquartered ITAD company SMR Worldwide.

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is being held this week.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) received approval to adjust the covered electronic waste recycling fee. The agency has been looking to adjust rates for several months.

The European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA) announced Kurt Kyck of Irish company KMK Metals Recycling is the association’s new president.

The second International E-Waste Day was held on Oct. 14, featuring activities by organizations around the world to promote proper electronics recycling.

Itronics announced it is increasing the silver content in the bullion being produced by the company’s pilot circuit board refining operation, as well as improving the operating reliability of its refining furnaces.

Sims Metal Management released its annual report to investors, including a variety of details about the company’s e-scrap arm.

Blancco published a white paper examining the advantages and disadvantages of cryptographic data erasure.

ITAD firm Horizon Technology, which focuses on data center decommissioning, discussed data security in an interview with the CEO of standards body Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance (ADISA). 

Metro Metals Northwest acquired Simon Metals, a metals and e-scrap firm with facilities in Tacoma, Wash. and Vancouver, Wash.

Resource Recycling, Inc., publisher of Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap News, created an FAQ page for people interested in submitting press releases and op-eds for publication.

Reverse logistics firm Re-Teck is participating in this week’s GITEX Technology Week event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Amazon Australia is now selling refurbished consumer electronics as part of its Renewed program. 

Battery stewardship group Call2Recycle signed on as an e-Stewards Enterprise Partner.  

Repair hub iFixit released teardowns for the iPad 7, Nintendo Switch Lite, iPhone 11 Pro Max and Fairphone 3 in September.  

ITAD and e-scrap software company Makor Solutions announced plans to grow internationally, starting with a location in Israel.

September 2019

With 2018 revenue of $6.5 million and three-year revenue growth of 80%, ExIT Technologies was named by Inc. magazine as one of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. 

The Google Store began selling refurbished devices, with Pixelbooks and Google Wifi 3-Pack devices as the first offerings in this category.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) released a 2019 study on the economic impacts of recycling.

Stellar announced eraser and diagnostic BitRaser products for hard drives and mobile devices aimed at boosting ITAD companies’ efficiency. They are being showcased at the 2019 E-Scrap Conference and Trade Show. 

Waste Kings announced the company is now providing e-scrap collections in Austin, Texas.

Refurbished device marketplace Back Market announced all the products sold on its platform will come with a minimum one-year warranty.

Compliance Standards published a podcast featuring analyst David Daoud interviewing Neil Peters-Michaud, CEO of ITAD firm Cascade Asset Management.

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) launched a new website.

Total Reclaim appointed Bobby Farris as CEO. The Seattle-based company was previously run by owners Craig Lorch and Jeff Zirkle, who were sentenced to more than two years in prison for crimes related to export of LCD devices to Hong Kong.

All Green Recycling (AGR) was named to the B Lab’s Best for Environment list, which recognizes companies for their positive environmental impacts. 

The e-Stewards certification program announced that its +IMPACT program, which was announced last week, will be renamed to ADVANCE+.

Phobio announced that its SafeTrade trade-in platform has been selected by SaskTel, a communications and technology provider in Saskatchewan.

Vecoplan broke ground on a plant that will manufacture shredding trucks for the information destruction industry.

Dutch social enterprise Fairphone launched the Fairphone 3, its latest modular phone designed for repair and component upgrades. 

Geomega raised 1.2 million Canadian dollars (about $900,000 USD) to build a demonstration plant in Quebec to recycle rare earth elements from magnets.  

Infinite Electronics Recycling of Weirton, W.Va. joined The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance (TERRA) and its mail-in recycling program Done with IT. 

ITAD and e-scrap software provider Makor Solutions released an integration of Makor ERP with ServiceNow’s cloud platform, announcing S3 Recycling Solutions as the first company to fully implement the integration. 

Metrofuser, a provider of remanufactured printers and printer parts, landed on NJBIZ Magazine’s list of the top 250 privately held companies. 

TCO Development announced it is creating new criteria for a sustainability certification for network equipment, data storage products and servers. 

The U.S. EPA announced the recipients of the Federal Green Challenge Awards, including federal agencies recognized for recycling electronics. 

August 2019

i-SIGMA, parent organization for the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) certification program, will use new software to track state legislation impacting data protection.

Ingram Micro’s ITAD division announced that its Client Portal application, which provides clients with a range of information related to their retired assets, has been certified to the ServiceNow Store, an app platform.

With 2018 revenue of $22 million and three-year revenue growth of 56%, Liquid Technology was named by Inc. magazine as one of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

A majority interest of Shred-Tech was acquired by Heico, a holding company.

U.K. firm Computacenter bought back its ITAD business from Arrow Electronics, which recently exited the ITAD sector. Arrow had previously acquired Computacenter’s ITAD division.

ERI and the New York City Department of Sanitation announced that their curbside electronics recycling program has collected 1,700 tons and now serves more than 2.5 million residents.

The Green Electronics Council (GEC) implemented a new product category in its Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), covering photovoltaic modules and inverters.

ITAD firm Liquid Technology published the results of a survey highlighting customer responses to recent technology tariffs.

Chemical giant Dow was awarded for producing a silicone gel that can be used in smartphone production. The gel improves repairability and eases disassembly for recycling.

Google committed to include recycled materials in 100% of its Made by Google products, starting in 2022.

ITAD firm Wisetek Solutions will partner with Samsung and the Washington, D.C. Library System to hold monthly e-scrap collection events throughout the year.

Seattle ITAD firm 3R Technology hired Mark Hazel as the company president. Hazel previously held a position at Iron Mountain.

Gannon & Scott hired George Lucas as the company’s vice president of sales and business development. Lucas comes to the company from precious metals recycling firm 366 International.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources published figures on its e-scrap program performance.

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