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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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E-Scrap 2014: Connect with all the key vendors

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:45
E-Scrap 2014: Connect with all the key vendors

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 31, 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 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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Senate passes phone unlocking bill

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:42
Senate passes phone unlocking bill

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

July 31, 2014

Lawmakers have passed legislation that reverses a 2012 ruling that banned bulk unlockings of used cell phones.

After passing through the Senate on July 15, the House of Representatives quickly moved to reconcile and pass a revised version of the ‘‘Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" on July 25. The final version of the bill, which is expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama, allows consumers to unlock their phones as well as bulk unlockings — a key provision that was left out of the Senate version of the bill.

"We are very pleased that the legal right for recyclers and refurbishers to bulk unlock cell phones has been restored," said Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) President Robin Wiener in a press release welcoming the legislation. "Copyright law should not stand in the way of advances in the legitimate reuse of cell phones and tablets or prevent innovations and competitive uses for such devices."

An October 2012 ruling by the Librarian of Congress made unlocking cellphones illegal for consumers and bulk resellers, effectively sending the burgeoning mobile phone reuse and recycling industry into a tailspin. Without the ability to unlock used phones, companies struggled to cost-effectively resell them overseas, where demand is high but only for sanitized, "unlocked" devices.

The change, according to Kyle Wiens, iFixit's founder, forced larger repair and reuse firms to send devices overseas, where bulk unlockings were legal but where costs were likely higher.

The bill passed by Congress effectively ends a year and a half of debate and industry back-and-forth on how to upend the Librarian of Congress' decision.

Jot Carpenter, who represents the wireless industry through the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) and had opposed the provision allowing bulk unlockings, responded to the news with lukewarm acceptance, calling to mind the voluntary efforts of the wireless industry to support consumer unlockings.

"Today’s action by the House moves us closer to alleviating any confusion stemming from the Copyright Office’s 2012 decision and we await the President’s signature on the bill to compete this process," Carpenter writes in his statement. "At the same time, it is important to note that CTIA’s members already committed to a set of voluntary principles that enable consumers interested in unlocking their devices to do so."

Nothing, however, is necessarily set in stone. The Librarian of Congress will again review in 2015 whether unlocking devices is permissible under Section 1201 of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. That section, Wiens stressed, is what needs to be rewritten in order to avoid further question marks surrounding unlockings of phones, tablets and other electronic devices.

"The fundamental issue is that the copyright law is throwing up all kinds of barriers to reuse and recycling and so until the underlying law gets changed we're going to see issues like cellphone unlocking come up again and again," Wiens stated.

Section 1201's original intention was to curb the pirating of DVDs by making it illegal to circumvent the technological protection mechanisms of devices — a standing that, in the eyes of Wiens and others, has become too far-reaching in influence.

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Wisconsin talks CRT options

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:38
Wisconsin talks CRT options

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

July 31, 2014

The state of Wisconsin has released a guidance document on what routes recycling firms can take to process CRT glass and satisfy manufacturer contracts.

And the document makes clear that firms participating in the state's E-Cycle Wisconsin program can't count landfilled glass — at hazardous waste facilities or run-of-the-mill solid waste landfills — as recycled glass.

While E-Cycle's Sarah Murray says the market for sending glass downstream has become increasingly constrained, traditional recycling outlets for the leaded funnel glass portion of CRTs remain available. According to Murray, leaded glass is either sent to smelters — Doe Run in Missouri and Glencore in Canada — or to the lone glass-to-glass recycling facility still taking U.S. CRT glass — Videocon in India.

Emerging processing options within the U.S., including Nulife in New York and Closed Loop Refining and Recovery in Ohio and Arizona, would be considered on a "case by case basis," Murray said, before being counted toward program pounds.

One option Wisconsin has decided can't be counted toward program pounds is glass used as alternative daily cover (ADC). ADC, Murray says, is disposal and not recycled or put to beneficial use — a position the document affirms.

"In Wisconsin, it is considered disposal if the glass is sent to a landfill, regardless of whether the glass is used as ADC, road base or other purposes within the landfill," the document reads.

That said, recycling firms in Wisconsin are permitted to dispose of treated glass at landfills — as ADC or otherwise — and hazardous waste facilities, as long as they follow a strict set of guidelines and don't count it toward any manufacturer contract.

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Wide world of e-scrap

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:36
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 31, 2014

E-scrap exports are in the spotlight in our semi-regular look at electronics recycling around the globe. Take a trip and read on for details.

One e-scrap firm in the U.K. — the Electrical Waste Recycling Group — says monthly CRT tonnages collected through municipal collections will be down by about 30 percent by year's end. According to Keith Patterson, group managing director for the firm, flat panel display (FPD) televisions are beginning to show up more and more in the waste stream, while CRT devices are beginning to decrease. It is not yet clear if other e-scrap firms in the U.K. are also seeing a similar trend.

The American Chemical Society has just released a study on e-scrap exports and has arrived at some pretty potent, if dated, data. According to the study, a quarter of e-scrap exported by developed nations in 2005 went to seven developing countries: China, India and five West African countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin and Liberia).

French mobile phone network provider Orange has started construction on its fifth device recycling center in Africa. The latest facility will be located in the city of Abidja in the Ivory Coast and will serve as a focal point of the company's efforts to recapture, reuse and recycle a share of the continent's 500 million devices.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:33
Certification scorecard

July 31, 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.

United Electronic Recycling's facility in Carrollton, Texas has achieved ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 certifications.

The Chico, California facility operated by Computers for Classrooms, Inc. is now certified to the R2:2013 and RIOS standards.

Li Rising LLC d.b.a. Re-Teck, based in Grand Prairie, Texas, is certified to the following standards: OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and R2:2013.

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, 07/30/2014 - 11:30
NewsBits

July 31, 2014

Despite a flurry of recent closures in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., Sims Recycling Solutions, the e-scrap recycling wing of publicly traded Sims Metal Management, appears to be standing pat. In a July 23 presentation, Sims' CEO Galdino Claro stressed that "no significant additional restructuring activities or charges are anticipated in the Sims Recycling Solutions business after FY14," a press release reads.

"But what happens when those devices go into disrepair — or worse, obsolescence — and their sleeker, faster successors go on sale, as part of the relentless cycle common among most major hardware companies?," Jenna Wortham asks in a New York Times article entitled, "Smart Garbage." The answer to that question, Wortham finds, is not entirely clear, while the rising tide of e-scrap, often in the form of not-so-old devices, continues to mount.

Urban mining start-up BlueOak has apparently opted to use plasma to recover precious metals from end-of-life electronics. While a request for an interview has not been returned as of press time, the unconventional move has at least one e-scrap precedent in the U.S.: Recovered Energy, an Idaho-based corporation, announced earlier this year it would process CRT glass with plasma arc technology.

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Arkansas offers $200,000 for e-scrap efforts

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:10
Arkansas offers $200,000 for e-scrap efforts

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

July 24, 2014

For the ninth year in a row Arkansas is issuing grant funding to help keep scrap electronics out of landfills.

The state's 2014 E-Waste Grants will be awarded to project developers aiming to create jobs and mitigate improper disposal in the state, which does not have an e-scrap law in place.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be accepting applications for grants until Sept. 1 and make decisions on dispersing about $200,000 in funds on or before December 31, a press release states.

The grant program was created "to assist in the development of sustained processes for recovery, recycling, and demanufacturing of scrap computers and electronics" and is funded through the sale of state-owned computers, the website states.

Katherine Benenati, who serves as the DEQ's public outreach and assistant division chief, told E-Scrap News the grants "help provide more recycling opportunities across the state and keep e-waste out of landfills, particularly in rural areas where opportunities may not have existed before."

Benenati also noted the state offers a separate series of annual grants to regional solid waste management districts and local governments looking to properly and sustainably handle computers and other used electronics.

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E-Scrap 2014: EPA’s role in the CRT issue

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:35
E-Scrap 2014: EPA’s role in the CRT issue

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 24, 2014

The industry has heard plenty from individual firms that have been squeezed by the ongoing cost struggles when it comes to processing old TVs and computer monitors. At this fall's E-Scrap 2014, attendees will get the unique opportunity to hear a federal regulator's take on the topic.

Amanda Kohler, a specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will take to the stage to discuss her agency's response to the growing concerns surrounding CRT recycling. The presentation will review the details — and limits &mdash of the agency’s ability to address the problem, touching on EPA’s actions to date and possible future policy.

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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Federal study shows safety lapses in e-scrap processing

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:33
Federal study shows safety lapses in e-scrap processing

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 24, 2014

A just-released federal report sheds light on the numerous occupational health and safety dangers that likely exist at e-scrap firms throughout the country.

The report, released this month by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), shares findings from a series of site visits conducted between 2012 and 2013 at the request of an undisclosed e-scrap firm in the U.S. NIOSH collected air, surface and blood samples and interviewed about a quarter of facility employees to identify necessary health and safety improvements.

And, according to the report, a variety of shortcomings were found. Seven of 26 interviewed employees reported health concerns connected to CRT de-manufacturing, and NIOSH staffers found reason for worry on lead exposure.

Two company employees engaged in "maintenance or in the CRT processing area" had elevated blood lead levels and one employee was found to be overexposed to lead in the air. In addition, lead was detected on the clothing and skin of employees as well as on surface areas throughout the facility. Lead, a potentially toxic substance, is concentrated in the funnel glass and frit components of CRT monitors and displays.

Noise and ergonomic assessments were also carried out during NIOSH's visits — both areas, the report states, could stand to improve. Seven of 13 employees were exposed to noise levels above national workplace standards and employees were observed working in "awkward," strenuous and potentially dangerous positions.

A 13-point list of recommendations was drawn up to respond to NIOSH's concerns, including updating the ventilation system, segregating CRT glass breaking areas and a remodeling of facility work stations and procedures to ensure worker safety.

The NIOSH agency, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is responsible for conducting research and making recommendations on national worker safety issues.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:30
Certification scorecard

July 24, 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.

Oscar Winkski eRecycling of Lafayette, Indiana is now certified to the RIOS and R2:2013 standards.

Li Tong Group of Fo Tan, Hong Kong has achieved 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

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:22
NewsBits

July 24, 2014

Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Pennsylvania has already met its state-mandated 2014 e-scrap recycling target, meaning the organization will no longer accept old CRT televisions at its 30 stores. Once state targets are met, groups and businesses no longer receive funds to put toward the recycling and Goodwill says it simply cannot afford to pay for the recycling of CRT devices on its own.

The owner of West Virginia Recycling Services in the city of Charleston has decided to no longer accept e-scrap from the community, citing overwhelming amounts of expensive-to-recycle televisions and computers. "I’m done with e-waste," owner George Hunyadi told a local newspaper. "It’s just been a big pain in the butt." Residents will still have at least two recycling options for their end of life electronics: the city of Charleston and a nearby Best Buy drop-off site.

An Illinois musician has created a guitar/synthesizer-like instrument out of recovered hard drives and other computer components. "Instruments are this free-form art; they just have to make sound," the innovator, Colten Jackson, told Wired. "Whatever you start with, whether it’s garbage or e-waste, it lends itself to something."

A Chinese firm that offers payments for used mobile devices with resale value has nabbed $8 million in funding from investors including the International Finance Corporation. The startup company, called Aihuishou, uses a digital platform to connect with consumers.

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Great Expectations

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:51
Great Expectations

By Bobby Elliott and Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

July 17, 2014

Three-year-old E-Waste Systems, Inc. (EWSI) claims to be the next industry leader.  But do its globetrotting partnerships and multimillion dollar revenue projections add up?

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Utah e-scrap firm hit by another fire

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:31
Utah e-scrap firm hit by another fire

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

July 17, 2014

Stone Castle Recycling, which has been mired in an ongoing back-and-forth with Utah state regulators, recently experienced its second fire of the year.

On July 8, a fire broke out at one of Stone Castle Recycling's e-scrap facilities, requiring firefighters from the area to work for 13 hours to put it out. The incident, which occurred at Stone Castle's Cedar City facility, was first reported by southwest Utah newspaper The Spectrum.

In March, a fire broke out at the company's Parowon facility, raising major environmental concerns and provoking the state to take a closer look at the company's three facilities — all of which were found to have significant regulatory and compliance holes.

Soon after the March blaze, environmental watchdog group, the Basel Action Network, issued a highly critical report on Stone Castles' operation.

Like the Parowon fire before it, the Cedar City incident is being investigated as a potential case of arson. No conclusions had been made as of July 16, Cedar City fire chief Paul Irons told E-Scrap News. An investigation at the Parowon site was inconclusive.

A May 22 letter from the Utah DEQ implored Stone Castle to provide an updated plan of operation at its Cedar City facility, citing "large amounts of CRT glass" at the location. DEQ officials, however, say no electronics were affected by this month's fire and that all CRT glass is housed in a separate building.

According to Stone Castle's website, the Cedar City facility at 1442 West Industrial Road accepts a wide range of materials other than electronics, including paper, glass and plastics. According to initial reports, the fire broke out inside the facility when materials went up in flames.

"It would be easier for me to put out a fire at the landfill than it is here," Cedar City's fire chief Irons told The Spectrum. "The garbage is just everywhere."

DEQ officials confirmed that the company has thus far failed to submit an updated plan of operation as of July 15. In a July 1 letter addressed to Stone Castle owner Anthony Stoddard and obtained by E-Scrap News, officials stipulate that Stone Castle had been asked to supply a new plan by June 27. The DEQ also requested Stone Castle clean up its Parowon facility by September 30, among other demands.

The letter notes these requests have been made taking into account the "limited resources" available to Stone Castle.

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E-Scrap 2014: The meetings that matter

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:27
E-Scrap 2014: The meetings that matter

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 17, 2014

Start planning now for E-Scrap 2014, where you'll be able to make connections with the leading industry trade associations and groups all in one convenient (and sunny) location.

In conjunction with the conference, a number of additional meetings and events will take place, including ISRI's welcome reception the evening of October 21. Attend the full range of meetings and sessions to learn what's new in electronics recycling, maximize value in reuse, and get an overview of e-scrap laws.

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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Wyoming company shutters, leaving question marks and glass

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:23
Wyoming company shutters, leaving question marks and glass

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

July 17, 2014

A Wyoming e-scrap operation with CRT glass on its hands has abruptly closed.

Located off of I-80 in Burns, Wyoming Tatooine Electronic Systems closed its doors in the beginning of July without any announcement or forewarning.

The closure appears to have coincided with the arrest of company owner and CEO Jeffrey Stumpf, who has been charged with six counts of sexual assault and five counts of sexual offense. Stumpf is currently being held on $50,000 bail at the Laramie County jail. No court date was scheduled as of July 15, a representative from the jail confirmed with E-Scrap News.

One of Tatooine's longtime clients, the city of Cheyenne, says the company's closure came as a surprise.

"We take a 30-yard roll-off of e-waste there each week and last week there was nobody on-site," said Dennis Pino, Cheyenne's director of solid waste. "We don't know exactly what occurred. … As far as I'm concerned, they broke their contract and I'm going to a different e-waste recycler at this point in time."

Pino said Cheyenne had been sending e-scrap to Tatooine for a decade and, the sudden closure aside, the city was pleased with Tatooine's performance. "We've had no issues," Pino stated. "They've handled everything very well. I never saw this coming."

A February 2013 request from the Wyoming DEQ to remove large amounts of CRT glass stored at the site prompted Pino to keep closer tabs on the facility, and he occasionally stopped by Tatooine's Burns headquarters to check in on the removal process. "They've moved a lot, but there's still a lot on-site," Pino said in reference to the CRT glass.

Keith Guille, Wyoming DEQ's public information officer, said Tatooine was working closely with the state to get glass "properly disposed of" at hazardous waste facilities since last year, when the company informed officials it had moved from Cheyenne to its current location in Burns. It is unclear whether Tatooine met its obligation to recycle or dispose of 75 percent of at least 400 tons of CRT glass during 2013, but Guille says the company was in the process of moving some glass downstream when it suddenly closed.

Once "the dust settles" and more information is available, the DEQ's major role, Guille explained, would be to determine who's responsible for any material that needs processing. "Whoever owns that facility is still responsible for the disposal of material," Guille said. "From our understanding, it's still owned by [Jeffrey Stumpf]."

In the event Tatooine closes permanently and is unable to fund the cleanup of the site, Guille said the DEQ would look into viable cleanup options. He would not say whether Tatooine's suppliers — the firms that send glass and other electronics to the e-scrap company for further processing — could be on the hook for the glass.

Long before the DEQ issued its February 2013 letter — a copy of which was obtained by E-Scrap News — Tatooine had engaged in numerous battles with the public, environmental officials and local journalists.

Newspapers in Wyoming had reported on a number of alleged incidences involving Stumpf and Tatooine, including claims in May of 2012 that CRT glass was being dumped at local landfills.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Stumpf was charged on numerous counts of illegal weapons possession. Tatooine Industries International, which does business as Tatooine Electronic Systems, was registered as a Wyoming corporation in 1996.

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Counterfeit electronics briefing touches on e-scrap exports

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:17
Counterfeit electronics briefing touches on e-scrap exports

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

July 17, 2014

During a Congressional briefing this week in Washington, D.C., a panel of technology experts expressed support for the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA).

The session was held to discuss the problem of counterfeit electronics compromising American defense equipment, and according to a press release from the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER), the three panelists participating urged Congress to take steps to ensure more end-of-life electronics are processed domestically.

RERA, a piece of legislation that has twice been introduced to Congress but has never made its way to a vote, aims to significantly limit the export of e-scrap. CAER has been the biggest industry supporter of the bill, and it has gained the support of more than 130 e-scrap firms.

"E-waste from the U.S. and other countries provides the feedstock for electronics counterfeiters in China, and it creates a serious product integrity issue," said panelist Henry Livingston of BAE Systems Electronic Systems, which produces electronic components for commercial and military clients.

The other two panelists were Tom Sharpe of electronics distributor SMT Corporation and Jim Burger, partner at the Thomas Coburn LLP law firm and a specialist on digital technology policy issues.

The briefing was organized by the office Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island as part of a governmental effort to reduce the risk of counterfeit electronics ending up in systems employed by the U.S. defense industry. According to a CAER spokesperson, the briefing was held at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill and staff members from the offices of roughly 25 senators and representatives were present. EPA staffers were also on hand.

Experts in the area of technology and security have said many counterfeit electronics are derived from recovered end-of-life electronics that are reconfigured by counterfeiters so that the components look new. According to the CAER press release, counterfeit parts have "flooded the supply chains of defense contractors in recent years."


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Japanese metals firm deepens focus on US e-scrap collection

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:13
Japanese metals firm deepens focus on US e-scrap collection

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

July 17, 2014

Mitsubishi Materials, which manufactures drills and cutting tools, has launched an electronics recycling division to be based in Southern California.

Mitsubishi's corporate headquarters is located in Tokyo, and the company operates manufacturing plants in Japan, Spain and Thailand. In a press release issued earlier this month, the company noted it has begun e-scrap collection in several European and North American countries, including the U.S., over the last several years, with those materials apparently being sent to Japan for further processing.

The company notes its imports of e-scrap from the North American market increased from 12,000 tons in the 2012 fiscal year to 28,000 tons in FY2013.

The recent release notes, "In order to provide a sustainable and stable collection of e-scrap from North America, as well as to promptly respond to future increase of the collected volume, we have decided to establish a base for business development in the U.S. which would be indispensable to this end."

The release did not indicate whether the company plans to develop processing capabilities in the U.S., and several e-mails and phone calls to the company were not returned.

The firm's U.S. subsidiary is called Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A. Corporation and is located in the Orange County city of Fountain Valley.


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Patent watch

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:10
Patent watch

July 17, 2014

Patent No. 8,764,503 was awarded to a group of researchers from the University of Limerick (Ireland) for a system and method of removing hazardous substances from liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and recycling the devices.

Shenzhen Gem High-Tech Co., Ltd., from Shenzhen, China, was given Patent No. 8,771,620 for a process of removing lead from CRT glass.

A method of recovering rare earth elements is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140186239, awarded to Tokyo, Japan's Hitachi Metals, Ltd.

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

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:07
Certification scorecard

July 17, 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.

AAI SecureDocs of Minneapolis; Ark-La-Tex Shredding Company of Tyler, Texas; Back Thru the Future of Franklin, New Jersey; Cintas Document Management of San Antonio; and Commodity Resources & Environmental, Inc. of Mojave, California have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, 3R Network, Inc. of Chino, California has achieved 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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