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E-Waste Systems closes in New York

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 23:05
E-Waste Systems closes in New York

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

March 5, 2015

E-Waste Systems has closed its Geneva, New York processing facility.

A significant backlog of CRTs and CRT glass is believed to be housed at the facility. The company is also being sued for failing to pay Geneva employees between mid-October and late January, according to an article in the Finger Lakes Times.

The Basel Action Network also released a report on the abrupt closure earlier this week.

EWSI was evicted from its Ohio location late last year and was sued for failing to pay employees at that site as well.

Matt Horn, who serves as the Geneva city manager, said the property's owner, Geneva Industrial Development Agency (IDA), informed officials E-Waste Systems is in default on its lease at the New York facility.

"We have not moved to eviction proceedings at this point," Horn told E-Scrap News, "but when/if that becomes necessary, we will use all available legal remedies to ensure that the space is returned to marketable condition at no expense to the IDA."

According to the Finger Lakes Times, a note outside the Geneva facility indicates the operation is closed and is no longer accepting material.

Ave Bauder, who runs collections events for the Center of Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and had worked with EWSI in the past, had to cancel a recent collection event due to the closure.

According to Bauder, EWSI never charged for collecting electronics. "They did that for us from the beginning," Bauder told E-Scrap News, referring to the free services.

The closure leaves EWSI with one remaining property in the U.S., a small repair and refurb shop in Irvine, California doing business as CPU Computer Repair.  That location is listed as an active participant in the state's covered electronic waste payment system.  

EWSI, a publicly traded firm, at one time announced goals of reaching $50 million in revenues for 2014. The company has yet to release its annual report on the year, but filings for the first three quarters of 2014 show total revenues of $1.38 million and expenses of $7.84 million.

Calls to E-Waste System's Geneva facility were not returned. Calls to the company's treasurer and vice president, Susan Johnson, and the company's lawyer, Cynthia Bitting, were not returned. CEO Martin Nielson could not be reached by E-Scrap News for an interview.

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E-scrap certification programs beef up auditing

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 23:01
E-scrap certification programs beef up auditing

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

March 5, 2015

The two environmental certification programs for electronics processing, R2 and e-Stewards, both recently announced changes to their facility inspection protocols.

Firms certified to the R2 standard, as well as the auditors in charge of giving them the stamp of approval, will now face an added level of scrutiny. Under the recently unveiled Witness Audits program, officials from Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) will shadow auditors during routine visits.

SERI, which administers R2, says the goal is "to evaluate [auditors'] understanding of the R2 standard and associated guidance, as well as to assess the implementation of the R2 standard by the recycler."

Firms certified to the e-Stewards standard, meanwhile, will receive unannounced inspections.

The Basel Action Network (BAN), which created the e-Stewards standard, this week announced the Performance Verification initiative. Under the program, facilities certified to the e-Stewards standard will periodically receive unannounced visits by inspectors to verify "ongoing day-to-day performance in meeting the … standard."

Both SERI and BAN said the new programs aim to strengthen their respective certifications in a quickly evolving industry.

SERI said its move would improve consistency among auditors and occur on "randomly selected" visits. The initiative will begin in either March or April. SERI also expects to introduce "spot audits" in 2015, with information on that program expected to be released next month, according to the group's newsletter.

Greg Swan, certification director and interim director at e-Stewards, said his group's inspection move aims to ensure e-Stewards members are meeting customer expectations.

"It’s clear that major enterprise and government customers demand greater accountability from our recyclers in light of the numerous horror stories of private data releases and widespread dumping of toxic e-waste overseas, as well as in local landfills and warehouses," Swan stated.

Last fall leaders from both certification programs indicated shifts in their auditing efforts were in the works.

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Lightweighting the cause of falling volumes in Texas?

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 22:58
Texas state program feels effects of lightweighting

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 5, 2015

Collection of end-of-life computers and parts under the Texas state e-scrap program continued to fall in 2014.

According to the latest data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), last year the state's manufacturer-supported program collected just over 18 million pounds of computers and computer-related electronic equipment. In 2013, the program brought in more than 22 million pounds and in 2012, it hauled in about 24 million pounds of electronics.

Texas' e-scrap program requires computer manufacturers to recycle their own products through "convenient" takeback programs. It does not set annual collection goals for manufacturers to reach.

Collection of non-computer e-scrap, including TVs, is voluntary. In 2014, manufacturers voluntarily collected nearly 7 million pounds of non-covered electronics.

In the report, TCEQ suggests lightweighting is the cause of falling computer tonnages.

"With the rapid advancement of technology, electronics continue to become lighter and more compact, which we have proposed could lead to manufacturers reporting lower total weight of materials collected," the report states.

Dell, which has its headquarters in Texas, was responsible for the most collection in the state, receiving almost 4.5 million pounds of material. Samsung received almost 3.3 million pounds, while Apple neared 2.9 million pounds. Under the program, manufacturers are urged to repair and reuse as much of the material as possible and recycle the rest to the extent that it's "economically feasible."

Dell, Samsung and Apple indicated they sent all collected material for recycling. Of the 18 million pounds of material collected as a whole, just over 266,000 pounds went toward reuse.

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Wide world of e-scrap

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 22:55
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 5, 2015

A Spanish company has launched a pilot project to use leaded CRT glass in ceramic tiles, and the U.K. wants the electronics industry to collect more material for recycling in 2015.

E-scrap recycling is ramping up in Israel, following the implementation of an extended producer responsibility law in the country. The law, which went into effect in March 2014, will in coming years require electronics manufacturers and importers to pay to recycle half of the total weight of the electronics they sell.

Spain-based LIFE ClayGlass is in the midst of a trial project to use leaded CRT glass in the manufacture of ceramic tiles. The project, which has received funding from the European Commission's "LIFE Programme," mirrors that of another Spanish firm, Camacho Recycling, by attempting to feed the ceramics industry in Europe with CRT glass. It is unclear whether LIFE ClayGlass is seeking to process CRT glass imported from the U.S.

Product manufacturers in the U.K. will be required to collect and recycle 560,000 tons of electronics and appliances in 2015, nearly 4 percent more than last year, the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills announced. The manufacturers have until March 10 to comment on the proposed targets.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 22:52
Certification scorecard

March 5, 2015

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.

ATI SecureDocs of Atlanta; Commercial Records Center of El Paso, Texas; DFW Shredding, Inc. of Plano, Texas; Shred King of Holbrook, Massachusetts; Stay Safe Shred and Recycle of Sacramento, California; and Sustainable Services of Texarkana, Texas 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 here.

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NewsBits

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 22:48
NewsBits

March 5, 2015

A law under consideration in Illinois would boost e-scrap collection requirements for electronics manufacturers each year. Under current law, electronics manufacturers are required to pay to recycle 50 percent of the weight of the electronics they sold the year before. The state General Assembly is considering boosting that to 80 percent. The bill under review would also grant the state the ability to support or ban certain end-of-life processing options for electronics.

In other news on Illinois e-scrap efforts, the city of Normal may not have to pay for electronics recycling this year, according to the Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois. Last year, electronics manufacturers stopped paying electronics recycling firm Vintage Tech by September, shifting the cost burden to Normal. Based on the amount Vintage Tech is expecting to get from manufacturers this year, it will likely be able to accept and process all electronics without charging the municipality.

The state of Washington has posted a guide to provide information to haulers that may be interested in collecting electronics curbside for recycling through the E-Cycles program. Click here to see the document, which was produced by the Washington Department of Ecology.

A nonprofit program that provides training and job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities is now providing IT asset management and data destruction services for local businesses. The new services from ARC Broward Electronics Recycling Services, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will allow area businesses to recover value from end-of-life electronics and ensure sensitive data is destroyed, according to a press release.

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Industry and supplier news

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 22:45
Industry & supplier news

March 5, 2015

Battery Solutions, a battery recycling company, has hired Shane M. Thompson for the newly created position of vice president of corporate development, the company announced. Prior to joining Battery Solutions, Thompson helped found RediMet, a startup working in metals recycling and mineral sales. For more, click here.

Vecoplan LLC has hired Dana Darley as its national sales manager for the company’s Plastics Division, according to a press release. The company makes a variety of shredders capable of handling a wide array of material, including e-plastics. For more, click here.

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Sims sees spike in e-scrap profitability

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 23:01
Sims sees spike in e-scrap profitability

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Feb. 19, 2015

Financial figures for July through December 2014 indicate Sims Metal Management's recent e-scrap consolidation appears to be paying off.

Publicly traded Sims netted nearly $9.8 million of its estimated $71 million profit for the half-year period from its global e-scrap recycling operations. While the $313 million in revenue from e-scrap sales was down about 5 percent compared with the July-December 2013 split, profitability was non-existent in that span and the latest profits represent "the highest in two years."

Sims Recycling Solutions is the electronics recycling arm of Australia-based Sims Metal Management.

"Stronger earnings were due to elevated performance from Continental Europe and reduced losses incurred from recently exited operations. Performance of this segment is expected to continue to improve as the benefits of the optimisation program flows through into the results," the company's synopsis on the sector reads.

The company announced plans last year to close all of its e-scrap plants in Canada and consolidate operations in the U.K. The move followed closures of Sims' e-scrap facilities in New Jersey and Texas.

During the July-December 2014 stretch, the company cut down on its e-scrap workforce by almost 21 percent. The company's assets fell by 18 percent during the period.

The company has a goal reaching $250 million in profit before taxes and interest by its 2017-2018 reporting period.

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Plastics Recycling 2015: All about e-plastics

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 22:58
Plastics Recycling 2015: All about e-plastics

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Feb. 19, 2015

North America's largest plastics recycling conference, taking place next week, will offer some useful knowledge and networking opportunities to e-scrap players.

Plastics Recycling 2015 will offer an exclusive first look at In-depth research on the plastics recovered from scrap electronics. This original data-compiling project investigates where e-plastic discards are being generated and where they’re going once they are processed.

A critical analysis of e-plastics consumption, recovery and recycling will be offered, and it will be accompanied by strategies that firms can employ to overcome e-plastic profitability challenges.

Plastics Recycling 2015 is taking place Feb. 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas. Head to www.plasticsrecycling.com for information on attending.


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Southeast processing firm accused of landfilling CRT glass

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 22:54
Southeast processing firm accused of landfilling CRT glass

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Feb. 19, 2015

Diversified Recycling has been slammed by the Basel Action Network for allegedly sending glass to a downstream partner that dumped the material at a local landfill. The company is also accused of selling broken devices online.

Following a month-long investigation of Diversified's Norcross, Georgia facility, the Basel Action Network (BAN) announced today Diversified has been suspended for two years from applying to the e-Stewards certification standard due to the alleged activities. BAN is the creator of the e-Stewards standard.

Diversified's Orlando, Florida processing facility was on the verge of becoming certified to the e-Stewards standard when an inaccurate financial report and online electronics sales activity prompted BAN and e-Stewards officials to look into the company's downstream activities in Georgia, which was also aiming to be certified.

According to BAN, the investigation found Diversified had sent CRT glass to Sarah's Trading, which went on to crush and landfill the glass at a nearby construction and demolition debris landfill not authorized to take the leaded glass.

It is unknown how much glass was sent from Diversified to Sarah's, and it's also unclear exactly how long that downstream arrangement was in place.

"It could be massive amounts that ended up in that landfill," Jim Puckett, executive director of BAN, told E-Scrap News. "It seemed very willful. If they had come to us and said, 'We just realized one of our downstreams is really problematic,' that would have been extremely different."

The BAN report also alleges Diversified had been selling used electronics online without proper assurances that they were tested and in working order. In one particular case, Diversified is accused of sending a large quantity of non-working devices to Hong Kong after stating those electronics were functional.

Diversified CEO Bruce Mannseur responded to the announcement in a statement sent to E-Scrap News. He defended the company's actions and argued it was misled by Sarah's Trading.

"Diversified Recycling hereby officially denies all knowledge of the allegations as set forth in the Basel Action Network’s recent publication," the statement reads. "Diversified Recycling was given assurances by Sarah’s Trading that they in fact would adhere to the applicable laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the proper handling and disposal of the cathode ray tube glass. Diversified Recycling takes its responsibilities as an electronics recycler very seriously and has always maintained a strong commitment and a strict adherence to all local, state and federal environmental laws."

Sarah's Trading did not respond to numerous requests for comment. It is not known if the firm is still in operation, though its website is still active.

The BAN report indicates Sarah's moved the CRT glass to construction and demolition debris site Safeguard Landfill Management in Fairburn, Georgia. Representatives from Safeguard did not respond to a request for comment.

The Atlanta office of EPA Region 4 is now handling the case but would not comment on its status.

Diversified's Orlando facility had been certified to the R2:2008 standard until Dec. 31 but has yet to become re-certified under the updated R2:2013 standard. The company's Norcross site has never been certified to either R2, a point the certification's administrator, SERI, pointed out in a press release issued in response to BAN's report.

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Spanish firm expects to take in 67,000 tons of US CRT glass

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 22:50
Spanish firm expects to take in 67,000 tons of US CRT glass

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Feb. 19, 2015

A Spanish company supplying CRT glass to the European ceramics industry has been seeing glass tonnages from the U.S. steadily increase.

In an update sent to E-Scrap News, JJ Santos of Camacho Recycling says demand in the European ceramic tile industry for both panel and funnel glass is "increasing more and more."

Moreover, he expects Camacho will receive more than 67,000 tons of CRT glass from the U.S. in 2015. Glass tonnages, according to Santos, will also start arriving from Canada this month.

The company made waves at the E-Scrap Conference last October after presenting on its business model, which boasts competitive pricing despite being far from U.S. processors. It's also a rare example of a CRT glass processing operation that's already in operation and is permitted to take and recycle U.S. CRT glass.

One U.S. company that's begun sending glass to Camacho is Global Environmental Services (GES). As part of GES' new contract to process Kentucky's governmental e-scrap, the firm will be sending glass to Camacho for use in the tiles.

The overall process has received support from the U.S. EPA as a legitimate recycling option for CRT glass processors.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 22:48
Certification scorecard

Feb. 19, 2015

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.

Adirondack Mobile Shredding of Schroon Lake, New York; LionCage of Kew Gardens, New York; Norfolk Disposal of Waterford, Ontario; Northwest Shredders LLC of Woodward, Oklahoma; Security Data Destruction, Inc. of Phoenix; and Shred Quick of Bradenton, Florida 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 here.


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NewsBits

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 22:47
NewsBits

Feb. 19, 2015

EcoATM has collected more than 4 million cell phones, tablets and MP3 players through its automated electronics recycling kiosks, according to the company. As of December 2014, ecoATM kiosks were located in 1,890 locations in 49 states. EcoATM also announced its co-founder, Mark Bowles, will take on a new role with the company as senior vice president of innovation.

Waste Management processed 35,000 tons of e-scrap in 2013, according to its 2014 sustainability report. The e-scrap processed included 1.4 million cell phones, 90,000 laptops and 4,000 tablets.

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries recently released a video showing the contributions shredding technologies have had on the recycling industry. The 13-minute video shows shredders in action and discusses how they’ve revolutionized a number of recycling processes.

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Industry & supplier news

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 22:43
Industry & supplier news

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Feb. 19, 2015

E-scrap processor 3S International is finding that partnerships with other companies are yielding benefits for all of them, according to a press release. The Michigan-based company, which specializes in processing LCDs on a large scale, has recently partnered with IMS Electronics. “This partnership allows us to provide the best downstream for our clients’ LCD and mercury-containing devices," said Linda McFarland of IMS Electronics. "There is a huge benefit to electronics recyclers to open doors for each other." Through partnering with IMS and other firms – such as Kuusakoski Recycling and Valley City Electronic Recycling – companies share resources and collection methods and materials are shipped to the company that can best recycle them, according an accompanying op-ed.

Leaders of the e-Stewards e-scrap environmental standard have launched the e-Stewards Consultant Registry Program. Through the program, consultants pre-approved by e-Stewards can link with firms "who need support in preparing for e-Stewards certification audits, training and other valuable services." Get more information here.

IFixit.org now has more repair guides for Android devices than it does for Apple devices, the nonprofit organization has announced. It has repair manuals for 252 different Android devices, compared with 186 Apple-oriented guides. The online electronics repair hub distributes repair information and parts to allow for the repair and reuse of personal electronics. For more, click here.

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Oregon fines e-scrap firm, alleging stormwater violations

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 22:02
Oregon fines e-scrap firm, alleging stormwater violations

By Jared Paben, E-Scrap News

Feb. 13, 2015

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined e-scrap recycling company EG Metals more than $12,000, with regulators saying the company violated its stormwater permit. The company denies the allegations and claims the penalty isn’t warranted.

The state fined EG Metals for two reasons, according to a notice of penalty: An October 2014 inspection revealed the firm exposed processed scrap materials to the elements by storing it directly on pavement and in uncovered boxes, and it failed to test stormwater from the property the required four times during the year.

During water-quality tests in 2013 and 2014, stormwater from the site exceeded limits for copper, lead and zinc, and the uncovered scrap electronic materials may have been the source, according to a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) press release.

In a request for a hearing obtained by E-Scrap News, an attorney representing the company admitted that stormwater was only tested three times, not four, but wrote that a penalty shouldn’t be assessed.

The attorney, Donald Koehler, also wrote that at the time of the inspection in October 2014, the processed e-scrap was not left uncovered, as alleged, and the material was in the process of being bagged and placed in leak-proof containers.

That allegation is already the subject of a previous – and still contested – DEQ penalty, he wrote, calling it “an additional penalty for the same alleged violation.”

DEQ raised concerns about the storage of e-scrap at the Hillsboro, Oregon facility in September 2013, when inspectors noted an unprocessed e-scrap stockpile and a pile of processed electronics exposed to the elements. At that time and later, the company’s general manager and vice president of operations told E-Scrap News EG Metals was working to make changes to address DEQ’s issue regarding protecting materials from the elements.

Kieran O’Donnell, DEQ environmental law specialist, told E-Scrap News that before scheduling a hearing in front of an administrative law judge, the parties will hold an informal meeting to answer questions and attempt to reach agreement.

EG Metals is headquartered in Oregon with a regional office in Dallas.

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Arrow Electronics purchases UK e-scrap company

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 21:53
Arrow Electronics purchases UK e-scrap company

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Feb. 13, 2015

Arrow Electronics will bolster its e-scrap collection, data erasure, refurbishment, resale and recycling presence in Europe through the purchase of a U.K.-based company.

Arrow purchased RDC, a subsidiary of technology supplier Computacenter UK, for about $84 million, according to a company press release. RDC collects e-scrap, erases sensitive data and resells the electronics or recycles the scrap.

The move is another in a string of purchases Arrow Electronics has made in recent years of e-scrap refurbishment and recycling companies, including Asset Recovery Corp., Intechra, Redemtech and TechTurn Ltd. Most of that acquisition activity came in 2011 and 2012. Until the RDC purchase, Arrow had of late been quiet on the mergers and acquisitions front.

“This acquisition further broadens Arrow’s value recovery business in Europe,” Michael J. Long, chairman, president and CEO of Arrow, stated in a press release. “RDC will allow us to better address the growing requirements of our global customers.”

As part of the purchase, Computacenter UK has agreed to outsource value recovery services it provides to its customers to Arrow for five years.

Computacenter’s CEO told The Register that the board wasn’t looking to sell its recycling arm but got an offer that was too good to turn down, and that the company didn’t see RDC’s services as its core.

RDC processed 2.2 million used IT devices in 2013 and was the largest IT asset disposal company in Europe, according to Computacenter.

Arrow’s value recovery processing takes place in a total of 1.4 million square feet of space in eight countries, according to the company. It processes 7.2 million electronics each year.


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West Coast port dispute slows movement of recyclables

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 21:50
West Coast port dispute slows movement of recyclables

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Feb. 13, 2015

Contract negotiations between West Coast dock workers and their employers have appeared to hit a boiling point, leaving recyclable materials in need of export stuck in ports – and potentially bound for landfills.

Since May 2014, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have been attempting to reach a long-term contract. Those negotiations continued into late October, and at that point ILWU "began to stage devastating slowdowns up and down the coast," PMA alleges. The dispute has caused major delays in overseas cargo shipments, including those carrying recycled materials.

Scott Horne, vice president of government affairs at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), told E-Scrap News the dispute is hurting recycling-related business that are already battling a tough economic climate.

"With falling commodity prices, recyclers are already having a tough enough time," Horne said. "The ports slowdown is now an additional obstacle to markets that do exist. Scrap is the top export by volume out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and roughly $9.4 billion in scrap passes out of West Coast ports every year. A complete shutdown would have a crippling effect on the industry and cost American jobs."

Meanwhile, the West Coast Refuse and Recycling Coalition, representing California, Oregon and Washington recycling businesses and waste haulers, sent out a letter to members Jan. 30 urging action and noting the potential negative impacts of a prolonged dispute.

"The continued slowdown at West Coast port terminals is having serious implications upon our industry’s ability to fulfill our contractual obligations designed to achieve maximum recycling and waste diversion goals for the municipalities we serve," the coalition wrote. "Without immediate relief, we may soon be forced to begin redirecting this material to extended storage and disposal, undermining the very goal of our material management operations."

In addition, San Francisco's KTVU News recently reported waste and recycling company Recology is quickly amassing stocks of cardboard and paper awaiting export to Asian paper mills. The California Refuse Recycling Council has also sent a letter to California Gov. Jerry Brown, urging action on the dispute.

Far West Recycling's president, Keith Ristau, told Resource Recycling the Oregon-based company was sitting on 7,200 tons of material "all due to the slowdown."

In the latest development on negotiations, PMA announced plans to "temporarily suspend premium-pay weekend and holiday vessel operations" today and from Feb. 14-16. Ports were also suspended last weekend as a result of the unresolved contract negotiations.

PMA announced Feb. 4 a new contract offer to ILWU "goes as far as we believe we can go." According to an accompanying video message from PMA president Jim McKenna, the offer raises the annual average salary of full-time ILWU workers to more than $160,000 (from $147,000) and raises the maximum pension to nearly $89,000 (from $80,000). The five-year offer also continues to provide health insurance at no cost to ILWU employees.

“I hope the ILWU leadership will give very serious consideration to this contract offer, which I believe respects their members and gives us a clear path to conclude these talks," McKenna said during a conference call with reporters last week. "We owe it to workers and businesses across the nation to resolve our differences and get our ports moving again.”

ILWU president Robert McEllrath, meanwhile, issued a strongly worded retort to McKenna's characterization that the port could be headed for collapse, and he called on workers to "stay at the negotiating table and work through a few remaining issues," McEllrath said. "We are very close to reaching an agreement."

Craig Merrilees, ILWU's communications director, told Resource Recycling on Friday that "only a few outstanding issues remain" and stated the two parties "are very, very close" to an agreement.

While Merrilees would not divulge specific issues in need of resolution before an agreement can be met, he said they can be "easily resolved." He added, "We just need to get it done."

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Patent watch

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 21:44
Patent watch

Feb. 13, 2015

Patent No. 8,951,331 was given to Tokyo-based Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd. for a method of recycling different types of batteries.

Sumitomo was also awarded Patent Application No. 20140345422 for lithium-ion battery recycling.

Patent Application No. 20150007748 was given to Peoria, Illinois-based Peoria Disposal Company for a method of treating CRT glass to make the lead content inert and used as alternative daily cover for landfills.

Billings, Montana-based Stillwater Water Company was awarded Patent Application No. 20140373684, concerning a method of recovering precious metals.

Steven E. Sloop, from Bend, Oregon, was awarded Patent Application No. 20140377597, which describes a method of recycling lithium-ion batteries.

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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Certification scorecard

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 21:41
Certification scorecard

Feb. 13, 2015

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.

Technology Recyclers LLC of Indianapolis is now certified to the R2:2013 and RIOS standards.

A1 Shredding and Recycling, Inc. of Marietta, Georgia; Action Shred of Texas LLC of Dallas; American Security Shredding, Inc. of Candler Road, North Carolina; Citishred LLC of St. Louis; Columbus Secure Document Solutions of Salt Lake City; Document Resources a Division of Underground Vaults & Storage, Inc. of Kansas City, Missouri; Document Security Solutions of Perris, California; Gone For Good Shredding of Little Rock, Arkansas; NEXCUT Shredding of Teaneck, New York; Northeast Data Destruction LLC of Mansfield, Massachusetts; Pena’s Disposal Inc. of Cutler, California; Phoenix Recycling Inc. of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Rock Solid Shredding of Little Rock, Arkansas and Shred Doc Destr dba Balcones Shred of Dallas have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, Secure e-Cycle of Kansas City, Kansas has renewed its NAID Certifications for Computer Hard Drive Sanitization Operations 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 here.


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NewsBits

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 21:39
NewsBits

Feb. 13, 2015

The Coalition for American Electronics Recycling is calling on Congress to pass legislation curbing exports of non-working, untested e-scrap. The group notes the material has been shown to feed electronics counterfeiting abroad, a practice that could threaten the reliability of many advanced weapons systems in the U.S. as well as critical civilian infrastructure.

More than 3.3 million pounds of e-scrap were collected in Washington state in January, roughly the same weight collected in January 2014, according to E-Cycle Washington. Since the recycling program began in 2009, an average of 3.25 million pounds have been collected in the month of January, when many consumers tend to dispose of old electronics in favor of ones they got during the holidays.

In other news from the Evergreen State, officials there are considering expanding the state e-scrap recycling program to include computer peripherals such as printers, keyboards and mice, according to the Northwest Product Stewardship Council. The Washington Department of Ecology will conduct a stakeholder process this year to gather input on expanding the program, with the goal of submitting a draft bill for consideration by the legislature in 2016.

The Buffalo News recently examined how a New York law that took effect this year banning e-scrap from the trash can has affected recycling options. Costs to recycle CRTs are being passed down to collectors, including Goodwill, which decided to stop accepting old TV sets and computer monitors. But the Salvation Army says it is still accepting them because they’re still selling in its thrift stores, and Salvation Army also says a partnership with Electronic Recyclers International allows the nonprofit group to cost-effectively recycle the old sets that don’t sell.

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