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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 [email protected].

E-Scrap Industry Updates

March 2019

Exit Technologies published a write-up touching on several topics, including the importance of working with responsible recycling companies.

Repair hub iFixit published a teardown review of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10e, giving the devices a 3 out of 10 score for repairability.

Printer parts supplier Metrofuser launched PrintCycle, a program that collects and processes a variety of printers for recycling and reuse.

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association announced the Earth Month Challenge, which urges Canadians to recycle cell phones by providing prize money to schools.

The E-Cycle Washington state electronics recycling program collected 2.92 million pounds of e-scrap in January and February, 76 percent of the weight collected during that period a year ago.

EnviroLeach appointed Mel Lavitt to the company’s board of directors. Lavitt formerly served as director of Jabil Inc., with which Enviroleach has a partnership.

Radford Trading, which owns metal recycling businesses in West Virginia, applied for a permit to develop an e-scrap and scrap metals facility in Radford, Va.

February 2019

Investment company Crednology will collect end-of-life devices from insurance provider Healthnet at the health care company’s Woodland Hills, Calif. headquarters facility.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) will hold a meeting in conjunction with Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) to discuss the proposed updated draft of SERI’s R2 Standard. The meeting will take place at the ISRI 2019 convention in April. ISRI also announced its 2019 advocacy agenda, which will guide its lobbying efforts in the year to come.

Teleplan released the latest iteration of its Optiline equipment, which assesses and assigns a grade for the physical and cosmetic condition of mobile phones and other electronic devices.

AMI, an Irish ITAD company, will invest 4 million euros ($4.5 million) to expand its facilities in Belfast and Dublin.

Best Buy was named Most Sustainable Company in the U.S. by financial firm Barron’s. The rating was based in part on Best Buy’s electronics recycling program.

Staples Canada launched a device trade-in program at its stores across the country, accepting mobile phones, tablets and Apple iMacs and Macbooks.

Closing the Loop launched a partner company called Nowa, which will create jewelry made of gold and silver sourced from e-scrap.

Precious metals refiner Gannon & Scott is celebrating 100 years in business.

E-scrap processor Greentec launched “It’s Easy Being Green,” an initiative that will add several device collection options in southwestern Ontario.

Sony joined the e-Stewards Enterprise program, committing to only work with processors certified to the e-Stewards standard.

The E-Cycle Washington program collected 1.67 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors last month, representing 98 percent of the weight collected during the same period in 2018.

Reverse logistics company Global Resale appointed Jake Player as its senior vice president of strategy and global accounts.

PC-Doctor released PC-Doctor Drive Erase, a collection of data destruction tools.

Recycle PV Solar and several other organizations are teaming up to promote solar panel recycling.

REPIC, a producer compliance program for the European Union extended producer responsibility system, released its findings that young people are more likely to sell used or broken electronics, rather than recycling the devices.

January 2019

Closing the Loop, a business that provides wireless industry stakeholders with a mobile device “offset” program, is a finalist for a Global Mobile Award. E-Scrap News reported on the company earlier this month.

International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates global shipments of new smartphones were down 4.9 percent during the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with the prior-year period.

International Electronics Recycling Congress (IERC) 2019 published a recap of its conference, which took place in Salzburg, Austria this month.

Sims Recycling Solutions reported a 4.6 percent decrease in earnings during the first half of the 2019 fiscal year, compared with the prior-year period.

Refurbished device sales outlet Back Market began including certified pre-owned Apple devices in its online marketplace.

Circular Electronics Day, an event to raise awareness of electronics recycling and reuse issues, takes place Jan. 24.

Free Geek, a Portland, Ore. nonprofit electronics recycling organization, received a $50,000 government grant to boost its processing capacity.

The Green Electronics Council updated the Computer and Displays product category in its Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry.

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) reported it is ramping up its regulatory advocacy as legislatures get underway. Additionally, the International Secure Information Governance and Management Association (i-SIGMA), which NAID helped form last year, appointed multiple industry veterans to its board.

Re-Teck participated in a panel discussion at CES 2019, discussing changes in materials usage, sourcing and other supply chain trends.

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.

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