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E-Scrap 2014: Connect with all the key vendors

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:22
E-Scrap 2014: Connect with all the key vendors

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Sept. 30, 2014

The bustling trade show 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 trade show 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 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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NewsBits

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:18
NewsBits

Sept. 30, 2014

Newfoundland and Labrador's newly installed e-scrap program recently faced criticism after an 2013 annual report detailed a surplus of more than $1.7 million in the consumer-funded initiative. Program director Terry Green has responded to the heat by telling local news outlet VOCM that the program, which launched in August of 2013, is just beginning to gain steam this year, with funds directly feeding that increased recycling activity.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) this week posted a blog entry outlining some of the work the federal agency has done assessing the potential hazards at e-scrap facilities across the country. NIOSH representatives found possible overexposure to lead and cadmium among workers handling CRT de-manufacturing as well as toxic metals existing outside typical processing areas. The blog post follows a more formal report on e-scrap processing hazards NIOSH released this summer.

With its share price now at just a fraction of a penny, publicly traded E-Waste Systems has doubled its share count. The firm, which offers e-scrap processing in Ohio and New York, now has authorized a total of 3 billion common stock shares after adding 1.5 billion late last week. At press time, about 426 million shares are outstanding, leaving more than 2.5 billion up for grabs.

SERI, the housing body for the R2 environmental e-scrap recycling standard, recently announced two new members to its R2 Recycling Leader Program: Oracle and the Reverse Logistics Sustainability Council. Entities in the Leader Program make a commitment to support sustainable electronics recycling as well as consider R2 certification when choosing a recycling partner.

Asserting that "additional action is needed" on e-scrap exports, defense and computer technology experts wrote an op-ed published in Capitol Hill news source Roll Call. The article urges federal legislators to address the problem of used e-scrap parts ending up in ostensibly new defense machinery and weapons. The three writers of the op-ed — Henry Livingston, Tom Sharpe and Jim Burger — offered a similar viewpoint earlier this year at a Congressional briefing.

Marketing firm WarpSpeed, which operates the Force Multiply Gaming brand, has become an e-Stewards enterprise. The move is being framed by e-Stewards and Warpspeed as a first step toward getting the gaming industry on board to drive e-scrap recycling. "The video game industry has an opportunity to lead a critical cultural shift with respect to the replacement and proper handling of used electronics," writes Lou Raiola, founder and CEO of WarpSpeed, in the announcement. "E-Stewards is the best in class certification to ensure that e-waste is recycled ethically by responsible certified recyclers."

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Best Buy pledges to double e-scrap collection

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:53
Best Buy pledges to double e-scrap collection

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Sept. 26, 2014

Best Buy recently reached a major e-scrap recycling milestone, and the company's sustainability chief says the retailer intends to significantly grow collection totals moving forward.

Best Buy announced it has taken in 1 billion pounds of end-of-life electronics and large appliances in the past six years. For a bit of perspective, that total is roughly equivalent to the amount the entire state of California collected through the first six years of its consumer-funded e-scrap program.

What's more, Best Buy thinks it can collect 2 billion pounds of e-scrap and appliances in the next six years, through continuing to offer free recycling services at 1,400 stores throughout the U.S.

"We're selling the products and we need to be part of the solution as well," Scott Weislow, senior director of environmental services at Best Buy, told E-Scrap News. "We are ready, we are committed to it. ... I don't foresee any reason why we would have any hiccups getting to that next 2 billion pound mark."

Though traditionally thought of as a retailer, Best Buy is also one of the nation's largest original equipment manufacturers because it owns and sells the Insignia electronics brand.

As an OEM, Best Buy is required to collect and recycle electronics in about half the states in the U.S. and a good chunk of what the retailer collects goes toward those obligations. "Everything that's in the covered electronics category we count," Weislow said, adding that the company "fulfills our obligations hands down, no question."

Best Buy's two e-scrap partners are Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) and Regency Technologies. Sims Recycling Solutions, Weislow confirmed, is no longer a partner of the company. Sims has recently closed several facilities in North America in an effort to streamline operations and focus more on corporate accounts.

By weight, CRT devices continue to dominate the Best Buy e-scrap collection stream, and the glass from those products ends up either going to glass-to-glass recycling firm Videocon in India or to Ohio's Dlubak operation, which blends leaded glass into "a variety of things, from ornamental glass fixtures to insulation to road-grade materials," Weislow said.

While CRT tonnages have not begun to decrease, Weislow says he thinks the plateau is on the horizon. "I think we will see a shift," Weislow said. "I think we're going to end up seeing more phones and tablets … and I think we'll see more desktops as people go more and more to tablets and laptops and notebooks. And I think we'll see TVs diminish over time. It's not going to happen overnight — I think we're still a few years out before we start seeing much of a decline — but it's coming for sure."

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E-Scrap 2014: Can't-miss sessions

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:51
E-Scrap 2014: Can't-miss sessions

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Sept. 26, 2014

E-Scrap 2014 is just around the corner, and if you're still looking for motivation to register, just turn your attention to the conference's four headlining plenary sessions.

On Oct. 22, the leaders of five of the most important e-scrap firms in the country share their insights on the top industry challenges and the solutions they're pioneering. Next up that morning is a session that will dissect CRT recycling from three different angles, offering attendees the most complete picture possible on the CRT market today and what it might look like tomorrow.

Oct. 23 features a plenary session on e-scrap flows and where the scrap electronics of yesteryear are headed today. Later, attendees will hear from experts in the rare earth and critical metals space and learn how those sectors are evolving.

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. Get all the latest information on this year's conference at e-scrapconference.com.


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EPA indicates landfill cover is not CRT recycling

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:48
EPA indicates landfill cover is not CRT recycling

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Sept. 26, 2014

The federal EPA has clarified its regulatory stance on whether leaded glass destined for tile manufacturing or landfill cover should be considered recycling.

In separate letters dated Sept. 10 and uploaded onto the agency's website, Barnes Johnson, the director of the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, addresses the use of CRT glass as alternative daily cover (ADC) and as a flux and lead oxide in making ceramic tiles.

According to those letters, the ADC option is considered legitimate disposal while the tile option is legitimate recycling.

"Hazardous waste, such as CRT glass, that has been treated … and that no longer exhibits hazardous characteristics may be disposed in a landfill," Johnson writes in the ADC letter. On the tile front, the agency states, "Based on the provided information, the EPA finds the legitimate recycling factors set forth in EPA policy … appear to have been met."

The letters are addressed to two of the biggest names in the end-of-life electronics game: The ADC letter was sent to Sony, and the tile letter was sent to Sims Recycling Solutions, the electronics recycling wing of publicly traded Sims Metal Management. Sony had asked the agency for clarification on the ADC front, while SRS had requested clarification on the tile option.

It's significant that the tile process received an OK to be deemed recycling while landfill cover is only considered "disposal."

Both ADC and and tile applications are seen as emerging downstream applications for CRT glass, which has become increasingly burdensome for e-scrap firms. Consumers worldwide have moved to non-CRT technologies so glass-to-glass markets for recycling firms have eroded, but the backlog of old monitors and TV sets continues to head into the e-scrap recycling stream.

While the EPA's two letters noted the authority of states to set forth "more stringent" regulatory policies than those asserted by the federal agency, states are likely to refer to the EPA letters for guidance on policy making in the CRT arena.

Kuusakoski U.S. is the only company currently offering the CRT-to-ADC option in North America, partnering with a landfill located in Peoria, Illinois. The process, according to the company, seals the lead within the glass to prevent leaching and then is spread on top of a landfill as ADC.  A Vermont-based firm also looked into the option.

Some states have already concluded the option is not recycling and therefore does not count toward manufacturer recycling goals. In addition, the R2 e-scrap environmental standard has banned the use of CRT glass as ADC. The other certification standard, e-Stewards, meanwhile, allows it as a "last resort," but does not deem it recycling.

The tile option, which will perhaps now get more play, has been looked at for some time both in the U.S. and abroad. Sims' inquiry, E-Scrap News has learned, was related to a Spanish firm, Camacho Recycling, which has been pushing for U.S. glass to process and use in the manufacturing of ceramic tiles. Com2 Recycling, an Illinois-based firm, is also expected to come on-line with its own CRT-to-tile operation in the coming weeks.

Both ADC and tile manufacture have been raised as plausible alternatives to the standard, and often pricey, processing options currently available to U.S. firms, namely North American lead smelting and "glass-to-glass" recycling in India. While estimates vary widely, as much a 400,000 tons of CRT glass are expected to hit the waste stream each year until 2022.

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Wide world of e-scrap recycling

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:44
Wide world of e-scrap recycling

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Sept. 26, 2014

One market research group says the global e-scrap business will grow at a nearly 15 percent clip in coming years, and European metals refiners determine a set of e-scrap handling guidelines.

A new report by Sandler Research suggests the global e-scrap market will show a compound annual growth rate of 14.6 percent between 2013 and 2018. "The intense need to reduce toxins discharged from unattended e-waste has forced governments and vendors to invest in the market," Sandler says.

A group of metals refiners in Europe has collaborated with the European Electronics Recyclers Association and a metals association to come up with a set of standard practices for proper treatment of end-of-life electronics. The pact, set to go into effect in two years, has been signed by Aurubis, Boliden, Glencore and Umicore and the quartet hopes more companies will join in on the environmentally-focused cause.

A major telecommunications player in the Philippines is now offering free recycling of a host of electronics. Globe Telecom, under its new Phone 1 project, will accept consumer and business electronics and send them to TES-AMM for recycling — the goal of the program is to divert more materials in the Philippine e-scrap stream, which is growing quickly as citizens purchase and upgrade their electronics.


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Certification scorecard

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:42
Certification scorecard

Sept. 26, 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.

RPC Global, Inc. of Houston is now certified to the ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 standards.

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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Extra events boost value of E-Scrap 2014

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:40
Extra events boost value of E-Scrap 2014

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Sept. 26, 2014

A number of bonus events are occurring in conjunction with the upcoming E-Scrap 2014 conference, adding even more networking and business-building activities to North America's premier electronics recycling gathering. Head to sunny Orlando next month to be part of the following education sessions and events:

  • "Downstream Due Diligence: How to Conduct Audits & Build Relationships," presented by the ISRI Electronics Recycling Education Program
  • "How to Make Money in the Reuse & Proper Recycling of Flat Panel Displays," presented by ISRI Electronics Recycling Education Program
  • "Health & Safety: Protect Your Workers, Protect Your Business," hosted by the e-Stewards Certification Program
  • "e-Stewards: A World of Difference," presented by The e-Stewards Administration
  • "EHS Compliance Boot Camp," presented by Greeneye Partners LLC
  • "Ensuring Transparency and Sustainability under State Electronics Recycling Law Programs," presented by ERCC
  • "New to R2?" presented by SERI
  • "R2 Expert Panel Q&A," presented by SERI
  • "Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Management," presented by US EPA
  • "Sustainable Electronics Management," Presented by US EPA.
  • Conference welcome reception hosted by ISRI
  • EHS Roundtable Luncheon, presented by Greeneye Partners LLC

Don't miss out on these events and other opportunities to boost your recycling business. E-Scrap 2014 is taking place at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida Oct. 21-23. Head to e-scrapconference.com for more information.

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NewsBits

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:28
NewsBits

Sept. 26, 2014

Some of the biggest e-scrap firms in Pennsylvania have come together to form the Electronics Recycling Association of Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center. The association will "promote the needs of the Pennsylvania electronics recycling industry while openly fostering common relationships that lead to effective and responsible end-of-life electronics management for all Pennsylvanians," a press release states. A steering committee was formed as part of the group and includes Covanta, eForce, eLoop, Kuusakoski USA and the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center.

At the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting, Outerwall announced it would aim to collect 2 million pounds of electronic devices over the next three years through its ecoATM business. As of July 2014 there were more than 1,100 of the firm's automated electronics buyback kiosks located throughout the U.S. The company says it resells 75 percent of collected devices in markets around the world, sending the remaining 25 percent for recycling.

The tech gurus over at iFixit have released their long-awaited teardown of the iPhone 6, giving the device of the moment — okay, maybe of the year — a "respectable" 7 out of 10 for repairability. After taking apart the device, iFixit reps said Apple is continuing to increase the ease of repairing their phones, but they also dinged the brand for using proprietary screws and failing to provide any public information on how to repair the devices at home.

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Smartphones with big screens make big impact

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:57
Smartphones with big screens make big impact

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Sept. 11, 2014

With worldwide tablet shipments slightly lower than expected this year, devices that blend the tablet and phone concepts are picking up some of the slack.

Shipments of "phablets," defined by research firm IDC as mobile devices with screen sizes between 5.5 and 7 inches, are expected to reach 175 million units in 2014, 318 million units in 2015 and almost 600 million units by 2018.

That trend explains, at least in part, relatively sluggish shipments of tablets this year. While 2014 growth in tablets shipments was anticipated to reach 12 percent, IDC recently downgraded that expectation to 6.5 percent due to flat mature market demand.

Not surprisingly, Apple's new iPhone 6 will come in two screen sizes, the larger of which, the iPhone 6 Plus, comes with a 5.5 inch screen.

"With Apple expected to join the space in the coming weeks, we anticipate even more attention on phablets as larger screen smartphones become the new norm," said Melissa Chau, senior research manager with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

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E-Scrap 2014: Can't-miss sessions

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:56
E-Scrap 2014: Can't-miss sessions

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Sept. 11, 2014

E-Scrap 2014 is just around the corner, and if you're still looking for motivation to register, just turn your attention to the conference's four headlining plenary sessions.

On Oct. 22, the leaders of five of the most important e-scrap firms in the country share their insights on the top industry challenges and the solutions they're pioneering. Next up that morning is a session that will dissect CRT recycling from three different angles, offering attendees the most complete picture possible on the CRT market today and what it might look like tomorrow.

Oct. 23 features a plenary session on e-scrap flows and where our scrap electronics of yesteryear are headed today. Later, attendees will hear from experts in the rare earth and critical metals space and learn how those sectors are evolving.

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 make the most of this year's conference. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.


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Major CRT tonnages left in Creative Recycling's wake

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:52
Major CRT tonnages left in Creative Recycling's wake

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Sept. 11, 2014

A new report on the state of Creative Recycling System's operations reveals approximately 30 million pounds of glass are stored at company sites in six states.

Filed on Sept. 4, the long-awaited inventory report culminates a month-long review of company operations by Creative's receiver, Robert Swett. With the company bankrupt and in search of a buyer — and also entangled in a multimillion dollar lawsuit — Swett's findings suggest a massive glass cleanup is in store.

According to the report, "approximately 30 million pounds of CRT glass inventory [is] stored in various locations throughout six states." Those states are Florida (approximately 6 million pounds), Illinois (1.5 million pounds), Kentucky (444,400 pounds), Maryland (7.6 million pounds), North Carolina (8.8 million pounds) and South Carolina (5.5 million pounds).

The Florida and North Carolina totals are spread between two facilities each, while the others represent single-facility stockpiles. There was no "legacy glass" found at the company's remaining locations in Connecticut, Georgia, New York or Tennessee, the report states.

Creative is hoping to have a bit more time to get its glass recycled. "CRS has recently applied to the six states for a variance from the 75 percent recycling requirement for 2014 in an effort to mitigate any penalties with not meeting the annual recycling requirement," Swett's report states. "This will alleviate CRS' efforts towards glass recycling, allowing it to focus cash on other areas within the company that are more immediate."

The CRT rule requires firms to recycle 75 percent of their glass inventory by the end of the year, but states can grant variances on a case-by-case basis.

The glass in need of processing includes "separated funnel and panel glass, mixed funnel and panel glass, and broken tubes with steel belts mixed in," Swett's report states. The company had been unable to pay for end-of-life recycling of glass "due to its liquidity crisis over the last 18 months."

With current per-pound recycling costs ranging from 6 to 15 cents, CRS will need to pay at least $1.8 million and as much as $4.5 million to send the glass downstream. The report cites costs ranging from 6 to 12 cents on the pound.

All that said, the report identifies three potential buyers that "have indicated a strong interest in the vertical integration of CRS into their model": Colt Refining and Recycling, Kuusakoski US and CIMMA Recycling. In addition, three private equity groups have also emerged as potential buyers for the firm, according to the report, with all interest deriving from CRS' "true differentiator — the balance maintained between the company's reuse and end-of-life businesses."

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Sprint tries to capitalize on trade-ins

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:49
Sprint tries to capitalize on trade-ins

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Sept. 11, 2014

Sprint has announced it will match or top any trade-in offer from its competitors as it aims to meet high collection and recycling goals.

The wireless carrier, which started its take-back program in 2001, is aiming "to collect an average of nine devices for every 10 devices sold by 2017." To do that, Sprint is attempting to make trading in old devices easier by matching any other offer from Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.

"Our trade-in program is well known in the industry and when we guarantee the best value over any of our competitors, we’re taking this to another level," said David Owens, senior vice president-product, in the company's announcement. "Offering a competitive price match was the next logical step to ensure existing and new customers understood that we make our trade-in program a top priority and are willing to provide the very best value in the industry."

Sprint's Buyback program, which offers store and account credits of up to $300, also allows consumers to trade in up to five cellular devices per calendar year.

According to the company, more than 80 percent of traded-in devices are reused, while the remaining phones are sent for a recycling to "only certified recyclers." The carrier currently offers its buyback program in about 40 percent of its retail stores, a percentage that will likely need to increase dramatically to meet its 90 percent collection goal.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:48
Certification scorecard

Sept. 11, 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.

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

Reworx, a wholly owned social enterprise organization of the Nobis Works Foundation in Marietta, Georgia has achieved e-Stewards, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OSHAS 18001 and R2:2013 certifications.

Access of Livermore, California; Access of Fife, Washington; Access of Sacramento, California; A.R.M.S. Inc. of DePere, Wisconsin; Business Records Management LLC of Wickliffe, Ohio; Data Shredding Services of Texas, Inc. II of Grapevine, Texas; Document Shredding & Storage of Amarillo, Texas; Lincoln Archives of Buffalo, New York; Rapid Shred LLC of Grandville, Michigan; Record Keepers LLC of Bismarck, North Dakota; The Shred Truck of St. Louis; and Time Shred Services (Shred Services, Inc.) of Hillside, New Jersey have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, Lewis Clark Recyclers, Inc. of Lewiston, Idaho has renewed its NAID Certification 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 at www.tinyurl.com/Certified-E-scrap.

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NewsBits

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:43
NewsBits

Sept. 11, 2014

The latest e-scrap collection numbers out of Washington continue to suggest 2014 will be the first year since program implementation that volumes are down. Through the first eight months of the year, Washington's producer-funded e-scrap program, E-Cycle Washington, has led to the collection of 29.5 million pounds of electronics, which is about 4 percent below 2013 January-August totals. Those numbers are giving rise to the hope that CRT tonnages in the state are beginning to plateau.

The U.S. EPA hosted a conference call on the CRT rule this week after a petition by consultancy TransparentPlanet netted more than 240 signatures in support of increased focus on enforcing the rule. While the call was not open to members of the media, TransparentPlanet has reflected on the session in a petition update, which urges members of the industry to sign and push the federal agency to action. Read it here.

While Guiyu, China has been etched in many minds as a toxic hub of the underground e-scrap world, a new report from PCWorld suggests things are beginning to change there. The cause of the shift, asserts reporter Michael Kan, is a new recycling plant outside of town that is helping to reduce hazardous activities such as the burning of electronics.


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Flat tablet shipments in mature markets hold back growth

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:03
Flat tablet shipments in mature markets hold back growth

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Sept. 4, 2014

Global tablet shipments in 2014 are falling short of industry expectations.

Despite earlier reports of double-digit percentage point growth, tablet shipments around the world this year are expected to increase by just 6.5 percent and total 233.1 million units, according to the latest from research firm IDC. The firm had originally expected growth of at least 12 percent while another forecaster, Gartner, projected increases of nearly 40 percent.

These numbers indicate the future waste stream of tablets will be slightly smaller than previously expected.

IDC's tablet category also includes "2-in-1" devices, which are tablets that double as laptops.

The apparent hold up on year-over-year growth, IDC analysts now say, comes down to flat tablet shipments to mature markets. After 2013 shipments to North America and Western Europe grew by 25 percent, this year's numbers suggest shipments won't grow at all.

Shipments to the rest of the world, meanwhile, have continued to grow, albeit at a slower pace. Expectations for 2014 "rest of the world" numbers show tablet shipments growing by 12 percent after increasing a whopping 88 percent in 2013.

IDC's tablet research director, Jean Phillippe Bouchard, says that growth trend is encouraging news and a sign that "there is still a good appetite for this product category."

That appetite is expected to feed growth going forward. IDC predicts 2018 will see tablet shipment growth in North America, Western Europe and the rest of the world.

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E-Scrap 2014: Secure your spot in the exhibit hall

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:59
E-Scrap 2014: Secure your spot in the exhibit hall

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Sept. 4, 2014

With just over a month left before the 2014 E-Scrap Conference, only a handful of exhibitor spots remain in the trade show hall. Act now to ensure your organization has a place at the center of the e-scrap industry.

Exhibiting is the perfect opportunity to reach industry decision-makers, including executives at original equipment manufacturers, generators of e-scrap, government officials, trade association leaders, e-scrap processors, and buyers of e-scrap parts and materials. Save time and money by connecting with them all in one location.

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 make the most of this year's conference. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.

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Creative Recycling Systems enters bankruptcy

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:51
Creative Recycling Systems enters bankruptcy

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Sept. 4, 2014

With a multimillion dollar lawsuit on its plate, Creative Recycling Systems has entered into bankruptcy and decided to close or sell all of its e-scrap locations.

After an extensive review of Creative's holdings, the company's receiver, Robert Swett, determined that the only potentially profitable — and sellable — operations were in Florida and North Carolina. The company has operated an e-scrap processing facilities in each of those states.

A separate office building in Florida has also been identified as an asset to package with the others in a potential sale, Jay Verona, Swett's legal counsel, told E-Scrap News.

The company's remaining processing facility, located in Palmetto, Georgia, and numerous other storage and office sites have already been or will be closed, Verona confirmed.

"As for the rest of the leases, we've filed motions to reject those leases," Verona said.

The company's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy was approved by a Florida bankruptcy court judge Sept. 3, court documents show.

Verona could not provide an estimate of how many jobs will be lost as a result of the anticipated closings.  Creative had been dual-certified to both the e-Stewards and R2 standards.

A loan of $1 million has also been requested from the plaintiff in the case, Regions Bank, to "operate the company in the short term along with the other revenues that the company generates," Verona explained. Regions Bank is suing Creative and related affiliates for $18.7 million. Swett was appointed a receiver for the company in July.

Swett has not been available to discuss what each inventory revealed or how much material the company has amassed — and will need to process. One former Creative employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the company has more than 5,000 tons of CRT glass it will need to manage.

Rumors of uncertainty surrounding Creative's future have swirled ever since the Regions Bank lawsuit emerged and plans to layoff 74 employees in Florida followed. In recent weeks E-Scrap News has reached out to officials in every state where Creative has had a location, with numerous sources noting interruptions in service but few having a clear sense of whether or not the company would continue operating.

In North Carolina, a state where Swett thinks Creative might still have attractive assets, service disruptions have been going on for more than a year, Rob Taylor, who heads the Local Government Assistance Team at the North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, told E-Scrap News. After abruptly opting out of most municipal collection programs last year, Creative held on to contracts in Mecklenburg County, Wake County and Moore County as well as with the city of Durham.

But this summer, service to those clients was also cut off, Taylor said, leaving a backlog of material to be cleaned up and a handful of important municipalities scrambling to identify new partners.

As for the reason, Taylor ventured an educated guess that Creative was outbidding its competitors in North Carolina — namely Electronic Recyclers International, Synergy and E-Cycle Secure — by putting in the lowest bids to OEMs required to fund recycling efforts in the state and then even offering municipalities money for their CRT-dominated e-scrap stream.

"Their offer was always an orange in a basket of apples," Taylor said. "Maybe they were hoping there'd be a better quality stream with less CRTs."

Meanwhile state officials up and down the East Coast, Creative's primary swath of business, have had a hard time reaching the company, especially in states where service has appeared to stop altogether. "I am concerned since the state’s primary contact has not responded to my requests for information to-date," one official wrote just days before the company filed for bankruptcy.

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CRT processor gets key green light

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:45
CRT processor gets key green light

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Sept. 4, 2014

With an air pollution permit in place for a New York operation, a U.K.-based CRT glass recycling firm says it's bringing its smelting technology to the U.S.

Representatives from Nulife Glass, led by Simon Greer, informed E-Scrap News earlier this week the company has received final approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to build and operate a leaded glass smelting furnace at a facility in Dunkirk, New York.

That furnace, which has been in operation in the U.K., will be Nulife's first in the U.S. and the company says it has plans to expand beyond New York.

"Nulife Glass is presently in negotiations for additional sites for processing and melting glass in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio," Greer told E-Scrap News. "The only restriction on Nulife's processing capacity will be the speed at which it can open new sites and that is only restricted by the rate at which suppliers can deliver glass."

As for supplying the site in New York, Greer said, "Key stakeholders in the supply chain managed, controlled and audited by the manufacturers, government and inspection organizations" have indicated they will have ample glass to get the Nulife operation going. The company website suggests the furnace "will have the capacity to process more than 200 million pounds [100,000 tons] of CRT glass." The site does not say whether that figure is an annual capacity.

Any additional processing capacity would provide help for firms looking for CRT recycling outlets. While estimates vary widely, somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 tons of glass enters the U.S. waste stream each year while actual maximum processing capacity, including international options, hovers around 200,000 tons.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:41
Certification scorecard

Sept. 4, 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.

Merit ePartners, a nonprofit corporation located in Stockton, California is now certified to the following standards: e-Stewards, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013. The group offers job training and services for incarcerated youth.

Bayaud Enterprises of Denver; Goodwill Data SHIELD of Milwaukee; H & R Contractors, Inc. of Staunton, Virginia; Paper Dragon of Grand Island, Nebraska; Proshred Security of Richmond, Virginia; recordSHRED, Inc of Oakland Park, Florida; SecurShred of South Burlington, Vermont; Shred-Ex, LLC of Colchester, Vermont; and United Document Destruction and Storage of Reading, Pennsylvania 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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