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E-Scrap 2014: Policies and programs around the world

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:11
E-Scrap 2014: Policies and programs around the world

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

Attend this fall's E-Scrap Conference and improve your company's global competitiveness by getting the latest information about the development of electronics recycling in foreign markets.

Ofira Varga of international consulting firm 1cc GmbH will offer an overview of current e-scrap legislation in all Latin American countries, with an in-depth look at Colombia and Costa Rica. In addition, Subrata Barman of International Finance Corporation will detail the Clean E-India initiative, which seeks to leverage the formal and informal processing sectors to recycle more scrap electronics in the world's second-most-populous nation.

Finally, a host of experts from the academic, government and NGO realms will help cover the ever-evolving e-scrap export situation.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. The 2013 edition saw more than 1,300 attendees and 125 exhibiting companies, so plan now to secure your spot at this fall's conference. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.

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Expert offers tips on breaking into refurb

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:06
Expert offers tips on breaking into refurb

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

For those e-scrap operators who want to expand into the refurbishment side of the business, reuse veteran Peter Sobotta has some advice: Start small.

Sobotta, founder and president of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania-based RecoupIT, Inc., was the featured speaker on a webinar this week that aimed to guide recycling professionals who may be thinking of entering the electronics refurbishment field. Sobotta laid out the basics on getting the right personnel in place and finding key distribution channels for products that are ready for resale.

But he was also quick to note that while profiting in the refurb game may seem like a simple proposition, hopeful operators should begin by experimenting with a few, high-quality recovered assets to see if the process goes as smoothly as expected.

"You might want to build the business as a side project to start," Sobotta said during the webinar, which was organized by the National Recycling Coalition and the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center. "Put enough resources behind it to give it a fair shot, and then do a test. Then you'll have data."

Sobotta also recommended moving cautiously into the online realm to connect with consumers who are looking for refurbished computers and other items. Amazon and eBay are both strong marketplaces, he said, but sellers looking to build up credibility there should make sure they are only selling their best wares and backing it up with proper service.

If customers have bad experiences with a refurb seller, they'll note that in reviews and Amazon and eBay administrators will be quick to act. "They'll flag your account," said Sabotta. "Don't damage your reputation."

Refurbishers just entering the market may also want to focus on the business-to-business sector, where sellers will be able to move greater quantities of material at a lower profit margin, Sobotta noted. He recommended a handful of online resources that can connect companies to that wholesale space, including Liquidation.com, B Stock Solutions and Tech Liquidators.

In a Q-and-A following Sobotta's presentation, he offered some helpful ideas when it comes to deciding which operating system to install on refurbished PCs. Once firms become part of the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program, they can gain licenses to Windows 7 and Windows 8 at discounted prices. Having a Windows operating system installed, not surprisingly, makes those machines more marketable.

But Sobotta also explained his firm has done tests in which similar computers are equipped with different operating systems — some with Windows and some with open-source Linux — and then put in front of consumers in the same marketplace and priced equally. Sobotta found the computers with Windows would typically sell quicker but ultimately all would sell, an indication that interest in Linux is reasonably robust.

"You could load Linux on them," he suggested, "and then offer Windows as an upsell."

For individuals looking for more information about entering the refurb sector, Sobotta recommended attending the International Computer Refurbisher Summit, scheduled for Nov. 10-12 in Denver.

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Staples and ERI target enterprise stream

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:58
Staples and ERI target enterprise stream

by Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

Staples and Electronic Recyclers International have launched a business-to-business electronics take-back program.

The program, announced Aug. 14, will be offered through the Staples business-to-business division, Staples Advantage, and allow clients across the U.S. to send in old and obsolete electronics for recycling.

Staples is promoting the move as a first for the industry and a trusted route to take for businesses that need data properly removed from devices and obsolete technology recycled by a certified partner.

"Now we’re the first to provide a way for our corporate customers to easily and responsibly recycle old electronics," said Al Zoldos, Vice President of Sales, Staples Technology Solutions, in a press release. "From provisioning new equipment, then providing services to manage it and now an easy way to handle end-of-life recycling, we’re offering a true life cycle approach to technology management."

The enterprise sector has lately emerged as a particularly enticing area for e-scrap processors. With state take-back programs seeing electronics streams dominated by CRT devices, e-scrap firms are beginning to look elsewhere for material that's revenue positive and more easily recycled.

Through the Staples-ERI arrangement, businesses pay to ship electronics based on the size of boxes ordered through the program. Boxes as small as 9-by-5-inches are available, through the service will handle loads as large as a full pallet. Prices range from $15 per box to $300.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:56
Certification scorecard

Aug. 21, 2014

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a roundup of the firms announcing certification this past week.

Adelante Document Destruction Services of Albuquerque, New Mexico; American Document Securities of Carrollton, Georgia; Assured Document Destruction of Phoenix; DocuGuard of Enid, Oklahoma; Kard Recycling Service, Inc. of New Berlin, Wisconsin; and KATANA SA of Geneva, Switzerland have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

E-Scrap News has added OHSAS 18001 and NAID AAA into its certification directory, as well as moved the directory online. If your firm recently completed these certifications, a CHWMEG audit or an ISO 9001, ISO 14001, R2, RIOS or e-Stewards certification, e-mail dleif@resource-recycling.com to be included in this section and in E-Scrap News' directory. The full directory is available at www.tinyurl.com/Certified-E-scrap.

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2014 Recycling Innovators Forum: Finalists announced

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:54
2014 Recycling Innovators Forum: Finalists announced

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 21, 2014

The organizers of the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum have identified the eight proposals that are moving on to the final presentation stage as they compete for a combined $40,000 in cash prizes.

Complete information on each of the concepts and the individuals behind them can be found here. The competition is divided into two categories — Enterprise/Institution and Garage Innovator — and four finalists were selected on each side. The competition, which is in its second year, received more than 60 proposals.

The final presentation round will take place Monday, Sept. 15 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside during the first day of the Resource Recycling Conference. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception where all Innovators Forum presenters will be on hand to answer questions and develop industry contacts.

To learn more and register for the Forum, click here.

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NewsBits

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:35
NewsBits

Aug. 21, 2014

The team over at iFixit got its hands on one of Google's new tablets and, as is their way, proceeded to take it apart. The online tech repair hub's Project Tango Tablet Teardown presents a 21-step guide to taking apart the device and gives the device a four out of 10 on the Repairability scale (in which 10 represents easiest to work with).

Sims Recycling Solutions has recognized corporate client Unisys for its recycling efforts in 2013. The IT solutions company diverted more than 1.1 million pounds of electronics during the year — most, if not at all, of which was sent to Sims, who serves as Unisys' primary asset disposal vendor.

Scientists in South Korea believe they may have found a way to make use of the 5.6 trillion cigarette butts we dispose of worldwide each year. According to the team, the discarded items can be successfully converted into a high performing coating for supercapacitors commonly found in a host of electronics.

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Metech hit with stormwater lawsuit in California

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:39
Metech hit with stormwater lawsuit in California

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

A national e-scrap processing and metals refining firm that often notes its environmental stewardship credentials in marketing has been sued by a California nonprofit group for alleged water pollution violations.

Metech Recycling, Inc. and Metech International LLC were named in a civil suit filed Aug. 1 by the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), a Woodland, California-based organization that works on local water quality issues.

The lawsuit focuses on Metech's Gilroy, California facility and alleges "defendants discharge pollutant-contaminated stormwater from the facility" into several nearby waterways that flow into the Pacific Ocean's Monterey Bay. It also alleges the firm has failed to implement an adequate stormwater pollution prevention plan at the Gilroy facility and that the operation "lacks essential structural controls such as grading, berming and roofing" that would prevent rain and stormwater from coming into contact with contaminants.

The suit claims the company's actions are in violation of several California water-quality statutes as well as the federal Clean Water Act, and it asks for civil penalties of $37,500 per day per violation going back to Jan. 12, 2009.

Metech's California-based quality and security manager, Joseph Fulton, is also named in the suit.

Fulton and other Metech representatives did not respond to requests for comments. Likewise, CSPA did not respond to requests for comments, and the lawyer representing CSPA, Andrew L. Packard, was not available to comment on the case.

In addition to the California facility, Metech operates e-scrap processing facilities in Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah. According to Metech's website, all five facilities are certified to the e-Stewards environmental, health and safety standard as as well the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards.

As a refiner, the firm does a number of metal processing tasks, and handles far more than just e-scrap, including dental and jewelry scrap.

CSPA frequently files lawsuits against corporate entities over pollution concerns. In early July, the organization filed a similar stormwater-violation lawsuit against Northern Waste & Recycling of Paradise, California.



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E-Scrap 2014: Top execs point the way

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:36
E-Scrap 2014: Top execs point the way

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

The chief decision-makers from five leading companies will be on one stage together at this October's E-Scrap Conference, and they'll help provide a holistic view of the industry, touching on big trends, key issues and projections for the future of e-scrap.

The executives scheduled to be part of this must-see session include Cindy Erie of E-World Online, Dag Adamson from LifeSpan Technology, John Shegerian of Electronic Recyclers International, Cascade Asset Management's Neil Peters-Michaud and Steve Skurnac from Sims Recycling Solutions.

Jerry Powell, the founder of the E-Scrap Conference and E-Scrap News will elicit their invaluable perspectives in a casual, interview-style setting. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your pressing questions answered by the top brass in e-scrap.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. The 2013 edition saw more than 1,300 attendees and 125 exhibiting companies, so plan now to secure your spot at this fall's conference. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.

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E-Waste Systems revises down 2013 financials

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:29
E-Waste Systems revises down 2013 financials

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

After determining that 2013 quarterly statements "should no longer be relied upon," E-Waste Systems, Inc. has released restated financials that show revenues were millions of dollars less than what the company initially reported.

Restated quarterly reports for the first, second and third quarter of 2013 show E-Waste Systems (EWSI), a publicly traded e-scrap company that operates facilities in Ohio and New York, misreported its revenues by nearly $8 million. Actual revenues for the first nine months of 2013 came in at $434,536, compared with the $7,862,216 the company first publicly reported – and heralded – to investors and the media toward the end of 2013.

In a recently issued press release, company CEO Roger Nielson explained that a new auditor, RBSM LLP, reviewed 2013 financials alongside EWSI and concluded the earnings information needed to be revised.

"After our audit review of the 10K to be filed with the SEC for the year ended December 31, 2013, which included the fully audited results for the entire calendar year of 2013, we found that it would be necessary to revise each of the previous quarters for 2013," Nielson said in the statement. "The quarterly statements have been revised to conform to the audited results and filed as amendments to each of the quarterly filings."

EWSI was the subject of a feature-length profile in the June 2014 print edition of E-Scrap News (a Resource Recycling sister publication). Read it here.

The crux of the recent accounting issue, SEC documents show, centers on a Chinese partner, XuFu, which was originally included as a "Variable Interest Entity" in filings. On Aug. 1 of this year, the company stated it should not have consolidated XuFu interests, adding "the quarterly statements for the periods ending March 31, 2013, June 30, 2013 and September 30, 2013 should no longer be relied upon and should be restated."

In his comments on the refilings, Nielson suggested "accounting treatment is only one factor in the business decision" and refers to the newly issued reports as "housekeeping."

Nielson indicated optimism for the company going forward.

"The promising preliminary results of the recently ended quarter and a commitment to an aggressive strategy to take advantage of the increasing electronics disposal issues are building blocks for our creation of a world-class organization," Nielson stated, "providing a real, sustainable, end-to-end solution."

After reaching a 2014 high of just over 5 cents a share in January, EWSI's stock price has been hovering around a quarter of a penny in recent weeks. EWSI decided in July to increase its share count by 500 million shares.

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Is India the world's latest e-scrap hotspot?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:25
Is India the world's latest e-scrap hotspot?

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 15, 2014

While sections of China and Africa have long been pegged as "dumping grounds" for e-scrap, India has recently become a bigger part of that conversation, thanks to a spate of media reports that have articulated end-of-life electronics worries in the world's second most populous nation.

This week, for instance, a number of news outlets reported on a study from the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ACCII), which alleged the amount of e-scrap ending up in the Delhi area is growing by 25 percent annually.

The group also said 42 percent of India's e-scrap imports come from the U.S. and that "less than 2 per cent of India's total electronic waste gets recycled due to absence of proper infrastructure, legislation and framework." A press release from the ACCII does not explain the methodology used to develop the report's findings.

Those stories came just a week after the BBC took readers to "India's e-waste village," a section of Calcutta where an informal electronics processing sector thrives. And several months after India-based nonprofit group Toxics Link released a report that argued India is on its way to a CRT glass crisis.

That all follows an earlier ACCII report that was reported on by the Guardian and painted a dire picture of the overloaded e-scrap recycling system in the tech-heavy city of Bangalore.

However, not all recent analysis of India's e-scrap sector has been negative. In February, a Yale environmental publication framed the global e-scrap ecosystem as one where innovative startups and established informal collection systems can both safely recycle material and improve local economies — in that story, writer Mike Ives highlights work being done by groups near New Delhi and Bangalore.

In addition, when R2 Solutions, the housing body for the R2 environmental standard, morphed into SERI this June, the group made it clear it was going to start taking an active role helping to push forward e-scrap processing infrastructures in developing countries across the world, and India was one of two countries the group was targeting immediately (Kenya was the other).

According to the SERI website, the group's projects in India will focus on helping small and medium electronics recyclers develop environmentally sustainable practices.


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Certification scorecard

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:22
Certification scorecard

Aug. 15, 2014

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a roundup of the firms announcing certification this past week.

The Reno, Nevada facility of Arrow Global Asset Disposition has achieved e-Stewards certification.

Capitol Asset Recovery of Lanham, Maryland is now certified to the following standards: e-Stewards, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

Closed Loop Refining and Recovery is now certified to ISO 14001 and R2:2008 at its facility in Columbus, Ohio.

Dynamic Recycling renewed its ISO 14001 and NAID Computer Hard Drive Sanitization certifications for its facility in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

1st Choice Document Destruction, Inc. of Milaca, Minnesota; Absolute Document Destruction & Storage of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ace Data Storage, Inc. of Gulfport, Mississippi; Advanced Information Management of Springdale, Arkansas; Allshred Services of Maumee, Ohio; American Data Security, Inc. of Oak Park, Michigan; American Document Shredding LLC of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Apex Shredding, Inc. of Berthoud, Colorado; Assured Document Destruction, Inc., of Las Vegas; ATI SecureDocs of Austin, Texas; Business Records Management LLC of Clearwater, Florida; Crown Information Management of South Daytona, Florida; Datashredder Corp of Roxboro, Massachusetts; First-Shred LLC of Fridley, Minnesota; Five Star Shredding of Alpharetta, Georgia; Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas of Lubbock, Texas; In Confidence P/L of North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Jayhawk File Express LLC of Topeka, Kansas; Lambert Record Center of Florence, Alabama; Marshall Shredding Co. of Schertz, Texas; Midcon Data Services of Edmond, Oklahoma; Office Paper Systems, Inc. of Gaithersburg, Maryland; On-Site Information Destruction Services of Iowa LLC of Waterloo, Iowa; Proshred Security of Paoli, Pennsylvania; Records Keeper LLC of Fargo, North Dakota; Rock Solid Data Management of Little Rock, Arkansas; Rogue Shred LLC of White City, Oregon; Secure Records Management Systems of Sanford, Maine; Secure Shred Solutions LLC of Carroll, Iowa; Secured Document Shredding, Inc. of Midland, Texas; Shred Quick of Bradenton, Florida; Shred Right (a Rohn Industries Co.) of St. Paul, Minnesota; Super Save Shredding of Surrey, British Columbia; and The Shredding Company, Inc. of Walkersville, Maryland have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, PCs for People of St. Paul, Minnesota has renewed its NAID Certification for Computer Hard Drive Sanitization and Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

E-Scrap News has added OHSAS 18001 and NAID AAA into its certification directory, as well as moved the directory online. If your firm recently completed these certifications, a CHWMEG audit or an ISO 9001, ISO 14001, R2, RIOS or e-Stewards certification, e-mail dleif@resource-recycling.com to be included in this section and in E-Scrap News' directory. The full directory is available at www.tinyurl.com/Certified-E-scrap.

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NewsBits

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:14
NewsBits

Aug. 15, 2014

An article in Albany, New York's Times Union newspaper indicates a growing number of CRT TVs and monitors are bogging down the Empire State's e-scrap collection system. The problem of the increased costs associated with properly dealing with the devices has been felt in other states with e-scrap laws on the books, and according to the Times Union New York recycling firms are being pushed to the brink of insolvency and some are telling residents to just leave CRTs in their basements for now.

Sony has announced it will begin selling its flame retardant recycled e-plastic to a host of manufacturers, including its own competitors. According to the company, the material contains up to 99 percent recycled plastic and has appeared in Sony electronic devices since 2011 as SORPLAS. Sony expects to begin marketing the proprietary plastic in October in markets worldwide.

Sri Lanka has begun to address its own growing tide of e-scrap through government-mandated projects aimed at collecting and recycling used electronics. While details remain fairly scant, Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha told the Sri Lankan Parliament one project had already been completed during a two-week collection and said that "steps have been taken to regulate the disposing of e-waste."

Sri Lanka has begun to address its own growing tide of e-scrap through government-mandated projects aimed at collecting and recycling used electronics. While details remain fairly scant, Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha told the Sri Lankan Parliament one project had already been completed during a two-week collection and said that "steps have been taken to regulate the disposing of e-waste."


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Federal regulators study certification effectiveness

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:26
Federal regulators study certification effectiveness

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Aug. 8, 2014

In a report assessing its progress on electronics stewardship, the federal government indicated it is moving forward on major studies in several e-scrap-related areas, including a look at how the e-Stewards and R2 standards are being implemented.

The study on the effectiveness of industry certifications is mentioned in an update to the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship (NSES), which was released earlier this week by the Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship.

Due to be completed this fall, the certification assessment is focusing on R2 and e-Stewards, the e-scrap industry's two major environmental standards. The goal of the study, spearheaded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alongside other federal entities, is "to determine whether the standards are implemented transparently and consistently and are achieving the desired results."

The government noted the study is 80 percent complete and relies on interviews with key electronics recycling stakeholders as well as observation of certification audits conducted by registrars.

The federal entities guiding the NSES, which was established in 2011 to help bring environmental practices into electronics purchasing and disposal, have a particular interest in ensuring the systems surrounding R2 and e-Stewards are playing out as planned: The NSES directs much of the federal government's end-of-life electronics to R2 and/or e-Stewards-certified facilities.

In addition, the recently released update to the NSES trumpets the fact that since the federal strategy was established three years ago, the number of e-scrap facilities certified to either R2 or e-Stewards standards has jumped from approximately 100 to more than 565.

The NSES progress report notes the certification study will result in a final report showing findings as well as areas needing improvement, but it does not say when such a report is scheduled for release.

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E-Scrap 2014: Connect with all the key vendors

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:23
E-Scrap 2014: Connect with all the key vendors

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 8, 2014

The bustling tradeshow hall at E-Scrap 2014 will feature more than 100 leading industry companies that can take your business to new levels. And by connecting with potential partners and suppliers in one spot, you save valuable time and resources.

Exhibiting companies include electronics scrap processors, buyers and brokers, equipment manufacturers, waste haulers, industry trade associations and more.

In addition, the tradeshow at E-Scrap 2014 will open a day earlier than in years past. The hall will open Tuesday, Oct. 21, and hours that initial day will be 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The hall will also be open for all your networking needs on Wednesday, Oct. 22 and Thursday, Oct. 23.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Orlando's Rosen Shingle Creek. The 2013 edition saw more than 1,300 attendees and 125 exhibiting companies, so plan now to secure your spot at this fall's conference. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.

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Washington seems to make headway on CRT backlog

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:19
Washington seems to make headway on CRT backlog

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 8, 2014

Collection numbers for Washington's e-scrap program could provide a glimmer of hope that CRT device tonnages have plateaued.

E-Cycle Washington, the free, statewide e-scrap recycling program funded by original equipment manufacturers, has hauled in 25.51 million pounds of electronics thus far in 2014, according to the latest monthly report released by the state. That total is 5.1 percent lower than 2013's January-July collection and, barring any sudden surge in collection, state officials don't expect 2014 to match or top 2013.

"With five months left in the year it is beginning to appear that 2014 might be the first year that E-Cycle Washington will not exceed the previous year’s total volume," the document reads. "Stay tuned."

The vast majority of electronics collected through the program are household televisions, a category dominated by CRTs. Miles Kuntz from the Washington State Department of Ecology said the program, after five years of increasing collection totals, may have finally worked through a significant "backlog" of CRT devices.

"We knew there was a big backlog [of CRT devices] back when we started in 2009," Kuntz said. "I think we might have gotten through most of that backlog and reached that point where you can't go up forever. It's got to plateau at some point and I think we've reached that point."

While year-to-year program fluctuations are common among e-scrap programs throughout the country, the Washington data could be a signal that the electronics waste stream in the state is beginning to evolve. Since the program started in 2009, collection totals have increased each year. In 2013, more than 45 million pounds of electronics were collected, 3.9 percent above 2012's total and 18 percent higher than the total collected in the program's first year.

If collection activity in 2014 continues on its current pace, as the state and Kuntz expect, overall tonnages will end up lower than both 2013 and 2012 levels.


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Patent Watch

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:16
Patent watch

Aug. 8, 2014

Patent No. 8,794,447 was awarded to Optiserve B.V. from Maarheeze, The Netherlands, for an optical sortation device.

Patent Application No. 20140202517 was awarded to Atlanta's Georgia Tech Research Corporation for solar cells that are made from organic and recyclable materials.

A mobile shredding device is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140203124, given to Talleres ZB, S.A. Renteria, from Guipuzcoa, Spain.

Her Majesty, the Queen, in Right of Canada as Represented by the Minister of Natural Resources Canada (Ottawa) was awarded Patent Application No. 20140212346 for a method of leaching precious metals from various materials, including electronic scrap.

A method of recovering lead and iridium from CRT glass is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140212347, given to Stockholm, Sweden's Jernkontoret AB.

For more information on these or any patents, please consult the U.S. Patent Office database online.

Copies of patents can be ordered by number for $3 each from the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA, 22313-1450.


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Wide world of e-scrap

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:13
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Aug. 8, 2014

A leader at the UN's StEP initiative discusses the issue of e-scrap dumping grounds in a recently published interview. Our look at the global electronics recycling landscape covers that story and more.

Ruediger Kuehr, executive secretary of the United Nations University's Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP), recently spoke with TECHtonics' journalist Aida Akl on the global e-scrap marketplace. According to Kuehr, 50 million tons of e-scrap are generated each year around the world and developing and transition countries end up becoming easy "dumping grounds." Read more of the wide-ranging discussion here.

BBC has compiled a slideshow of images depicting India's underground, informal e-scrap space. In the series of evocative photographs, viewers get a first-hand look at both the radically inventive repair and resale culture there and the pervasive dismantling practices taking place in homes and on streets throughout the country.

A group in West Africa has managed to make a 3-D printer from discarded electronic pieces. The final product, which is said to work just as smoothly as ultra-expensive models, costs less than $100 to make. "The better question is why hasn’t anyone thought to set up a hackerspace before now," said one member of the group.

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Certification scorecard

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:11
Certification scorecard

Aug. 8, 2014

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a roundup of the firms announcing certification this past week.

DMD Systems Recovery, Inc. of Tempe, Arizona is now certified to the ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 standards.

The La Crosse, Wisconsin facility for Dynamic Recycling, Inc. has become certified to the OHSAS and R2:2013 standards.

Office Management Systems dba Logista of Columbus, Mississippi gained ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, and R2:2013 certification.

Corrigan Record Storage of Novi, Michigan; Data Shredding Services of Texas, Inc. II of Grapevine, Texas; GFL Environmental, Inc. of Toronto; Goodwill of OC/Landmark Services of Santa Ana, California; IROW of Mosinee, Wisconsin; Northeast Record Retention LLC of Hooksett, New Jersey; Paper Recovery Service Corp of Loves Park, Illinois; R.K. Black, Inc. of Oklahoma City; Records Management Center of Bangor, Maine; Secured Document Shredding, Inc. of San Angelo, Texas; Shredders, Inc. of Halifax, Canada; and Shred-X Document Destruction of North Laverton, Australia have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, e-End of Frederick, Maryland; EPC’s E-Scrap Processing Center of Earth City, Missouri and Li Tong Group of Hong Kong have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Computer Hard Drive Sanitization and Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

E-Scrap News has added OHSAS 18001 and NAID AAA into its certification directory, as well as moved the directory online. If your firm recently completed these certifications, a CHWMEG audit or an ISO 9001, ISO 14001, R2, RIOS or e-Stewards certification, e-mail dleif@resource-recycling.com to be included in this section and in E-Scrap News' directory. The full directory is available at www.tinyurl.com/Certified-E-scrap.

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NewsBits

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:04
NewsBits

Aug. 8, 2014

Significant phone unlocking legislation was signed into law by President Barack Obama late last week, but Kyle Wiens, founder of tech repair resource iFixit, says "the unlocking fight is just beginning." While the unlocking law helps users and resellers unlock mobile phones, Wiens is putting his group's support behind new legislation that would allow unlockings of a wide array of electronics.

Dunn County, Wisconsin has decided to discontinue its free e-scrap recycling program and instead charge residents for televisions and computer monitors. The new fees will go into effect Aug. 30 and range from $15 for smaller sets to $50 for broken and bare CRTs. The change was made due to the rising costs of responsibly handling the materials.

A county in Illinois also recently moved to stop free collection of e-scrap.

Despite experiencing historically bad sales from its Redbox venture, Outerwall says the second quarter of 2014 reaped "solid results" thanks in part to the scaling of its ecoATM business. Outerwall, formerly Coinstar, has been at work integrating and growing the ecoATM business, which provides automated trade-in services for working and end-of-life electronics. Outerwall acquired the firm last summer.

 

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Tablet shipments climbing slower

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:47
Tablet shipments climbing slower

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 31, 2014

Tablet shipments are on pace for a year of gains in 2014 but still aren't quite keeping up with last year's growth rate.

Worldwide shipments of tablets during the second quarter of 2014 totaled 49.3 million units, an increase of 11 percent compared to last year's Q2 performance. And, according to research firm IDC, the second half of 2014 will see tablet shipments continue to grow, despite being held back by a handful of lingering market factors.

"The market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for Tablets, in a release. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."

Tracking the amount of new devices entering the marketplace helps provide a snapshot of future waste streams — one potentially intriguing industry trend to watch is the "longer than anticipated ownership cycles" exhibited by tablet customers, IDC notes. This runs somewhat counter to the popular belief that today's gadget owners replace their devices at a rapid, if insatiable, rate, leaving behind perfectly good electronics in their wake.

By vendor, Apple continues to hold on to the top spot among tablet vendors. Apple, with 26.9 percent market share during Q2, was trailed by Samsung (17.2 percent), Lenovo (4.9 percent), ASUS (4.6 percent) and Acer Group (2.0 percent). A host of smaller vendors made up for the remaining 44.4 percent market share, a notable increase over Q2 2013's share of 37.0 percent.

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