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NewsBits from E-Scrap News

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 16:14
NewsBits

August 20, 2015

The editorial board for a newspaper in Lockport, N.Y. says the town needs to re-evaluate the way e-scrap is collected. The drop-off depot's hours are too limited, the paper wrote, leading to illegal dumping at the sites.

ITAD firm ER2 Electronic Responsible Recyclers will expand operations by opening a facility in Memphis, Tenn., according to the Memphis Business Journal. The Arizona-based company plans to spend $1.8 million turning a nearly 100,000-square-foot facility into a recycling and refurbishing center, creating 65 jobs.

EXITEVENT.com writes about how two Duke University students entered the e-scrap recycling business in a big way, going from students armed with ideas to the leaders of a multi-million-dollar metals recovery business. Shelly Li and Arun Karottu, co-founders of North Carolina-based Smart Metals Recycling, first had their interest sparked when they saw friends throwing electronics in the garbage at the end of their sophomore year.

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Report: Big players have upper hand in ITAD

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 20:57
Report: Big players have the upper hand in ITAD

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

August 13, 2015

Local IT asset disposition shops will continue to feel squeezed, while mid- to large-sized firms are experiencing growth.

That's according to a report from research and consulting firm Compliance Standards LLC, which surveyed companies on the ITAD firms they do business with.

The survey showed Dell continues to maintain the top position in the U.S. enterprise ITAD market.

"Tier 1 vendors, in particular Dell, have done an outstanding job maintaining leadership as ITAD providers in the U.S. enterprise market, owing not only to their historical strong relationships with the market, but also due to their organizational and structural initiatives that enable sound go-to-market strategies," David Daoud, analyst at Compliance Standards, stated in a press release.

The report said the business outlet was bright for mid- and large-size firms, called Tier 2 companies, including Ingram Micro and Arrow Electronics. Tier 3 vendors, smaller vendors with a range of services, shows mixed performance with some degree of uncertainty in their outlook given ongoing consolidations and drying up of venture capital investments, the report states.

The Tier 4 vendors, independent ITAD shops, will continue to experience consolidations and fewer customers, according to the report. The number of large companies contracting with local shops for ITAD services dropped from over 20 percent in a 2012 survey to 17 percent this year. That number is expected to fall to 12 percent over the next year, according to the report.

"Change in IT procurement strategies, the increasing role of compliance, and the reorganization of the supplier side are among the many factors conspiring to reduce the impact of small IT equipment recyclers," according to Daoud.

Of companies responding to the survey, 41 percent said they contract with Dell for ITAD services. The next biggest players in the market are IBM (32 percent) and HP (20 percent), according to the report. Companies often contract with multiple vendors for ITAD services, the report added.

David Daoud will provide further analysis on the ITAD market during the opening panel of this year's E-Scrap Conference. For more information on the conference, click here.

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Midwest flat-screen processor files for bankruptcy

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 20:56
Midwest flat-screen processor files for bankruptcy

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

August 13, 2015

Flat-panel display processor 3S International has closed its operations in Illinois and Michigan and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with hopes of reorganizing the company.

In a statement sent to E-Scrap News, CEO Joe Yob said bankruptcy will "allow 3S to strategically reposition the company to better meet the current and future needs for the recycling of panel displays and other mercury-containing electronics."

Operations at the company's two locations, in Taylor, Mich. and Tinley Park, Ill., have been "temporarily suspended" since July 31, Yob confirmed. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Aug. 6, court records show.

The full statement from Yob on behalf of 3S can be read here.

The Michigan-based company, which was started by Yob, has positioned itself primarily as a processor of mercury-containing flat-panel display TVs and computer monitors. It owns three automated shredding systems manufactured by Switzerland-based Blubox Trading, and the bankruptcy filing shows 3S still owes at least $500,000 to Blubox for the machinery.

Roger Burri, Blubox CEO, told E-Scrap News 3S owes the company "more than $500,000."

"As far as we know, 3S had great plans to cover the North American e-scrap market with its services," Burri stated. "We really do not know why the company filed for Chapter 11. I guess the American market for mercury-containing e-scrap is not ready yet."

He confirmed 3S has purchased three individual Blubox shredding systems from the company.

Though CRT TVs and monitors continue to dominate U.S. residential e-scrap streams by weight, many within the industry expect volumes of mercury-containing flat-panels to grow in the near future and pose processing challenges.

The website for 3S suggests "the problem is poised to be even greater" than what the industry has faced in handling CRT devices. Earlier this year, 3S announced a partnership with IMS Electronics Recycling and Kuusakoski Recycling, among others, to provide flat-panel display processing services.

While the bankruptcy filing does not go into detail about the circumstances surrounding the financial troubles surrounding 3S, it estimates company liabilities of $10 million to $50 million and assets of $1 million to $10 million. Beyond Blubox, 3S is listed as owing 19 other creditors a combined $1.1 million, including rent and pay for temporary employees hired through an agency. All told, the company is listed as having between 50 and 99 creditors.

The bankruptcy filing also shows the company is disputing $70,000 in "overtime back wages and alleged liquidated double damages" claimed by a former employee.

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Deadline extended for discounted room rates at E-Scrap 2015

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 20:55
Deadline extended for discounted room rates at E-Scrap 2015

August 13, 2015

Between pre- and post-conference workshops, early morning sessions, networking opportunities and evening receptions, E-Scrap 2015 will feature hours of business-boosting activity. All events will be held exclusively at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. To get the most out of your conference experience, be sure to stay at the host hotel, where thousands of recycling professionals will be an open door away.

The deadline for booking rooms at a discounted rate has been extended to this Friday, Aug. 14. Book now to receive the conference discount room rate of $175 plus taxes for single/double occupancy. The discount rate is available for the dates of Aug. 31 – Sept. 3.

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E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, Fla. Last year's conference brought together more than 1,300 attendees from 35 countries and similar numbers are expected for the upcoming iteration. Check in at e-scrapconference.com for the latest on exhibiting, sponsoring and attending.


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In My Opinion: Solving the industry's woes

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 20:53
In My Opinion: Solving the industry's woes

August 13, 2015

By Lauren Roman, Consultant and founder of TransparentPlanet

One morning not too long ago, I began previewing my schedule for the day ahead and remembered that I had an appointment for a root canal. I actually felt a sense of relief that for a few hours I would have a break from the challenges facing our industry.

Yes, the size of electronic devices is shrinking rapidly, but per-capita e-scrap generation rates continue to rise. The number of players exiting the business has been far exceeding the number entering. So why is the industry in such dire straits and what can be done about it?

Lack of organization

Right now commodity pricing has many firms on the brink of extinction. An industry cannot control commodity pricing, but an organization working in the interest of members can help develop mechanisms for flexibility during market fluctuations. It can monitor market dynamics and provide member alerts. It can generate press to help customers understand and adapt to changes in pricing due to market swings. It can provide support services to help members run more successful businesses and become resilient during difficult times.

As long at the industry remains void of this kind of organizational leadership and guidance, tough breaks will just "keep happening" to electronics recycling businesses.

Lack of representation

Companies with the bandwidth to keep abreast of regulatory activity affecting the industry know that the Illinois EPA recently passed legislation to, among other things, allow the weight of landfilled CRT glass collected for recycling to count toward manufacturer recycling requirements.

How could this happen in a state that has an e-scrap landfill ban? There were no recycling companies at the table.

All that regulators and program managers in Illinois knew was that CRTs were piling up and sometimes even left behind at collection events. They knew about illegal storage and even cases of abandonment that have left Illinois with big cleanup bills. Lawmakers' logical conclusion was that the recycling market for CRTs must be severely constricted and that no CRT recovery options exist. Certainly no one was telling them otherwise.

The amendment to give recycling credit for landfilling CRTs passed unanimously and most regional players found out after the fact.

In late July, I held meetings with the Illinois EPA, the governor’s office and other stakeholders on behalf of a client, an Illinois e-scrap firm that itself offers an end-of-life CRT glass option and is deeply concerned with the recent amendment. I presented our hosts with data showing that in 2014 approximately 10,325 tons of CRT glass was collected under the state program while the regional recycling capacity for CRTs at the time was almost six times that. This was the first time the ILEPA had seen such data. It was the first time the governor’s office had heard of such a thing as legitimate CRT recycling outlets.

In each of our meetings we asked for recommendations on how we could ensure that industry voices were heard. They asked us what industry associations represent our industry and where our lobbyists were.

Lack of representation and advocacy for the e-recycling industry has ramifications far beyond what happened in Illinois. Firms are trying to fight their own battles, and they're not winning.

Lack of innovation

Another answer to industry struggles might be found via fresh thinking and revamped business models. What type of innovation could boost e-recycling? Thinking outside the electronics recycling box may be one answer. What related service opportunities can be tapped into?

Increasingly, enterprises are adapting RFID technology for increased efficiency and accountability in managing IT assets. Are you still using barcode? Could RFID adaptation in your own operation save money and leverage new service opportunities with your clients? What other services do you provide that could be leveraged into new non-recycling business offerings? Reverse logistics is another good example.

Innovation is difficult to come by when everyone is looking out for him or herself. Ever hear of a hackathon? The idea is that dozens – sometimes thousands – of software and hardware developers and other related experts come together to collaborate intensively on projects. Some of our most impactful technologies, including certain wearable health tech devices, are the products of this type of collaboration.

The E-Scrap 2015 conference is just a couple of weeks away. Perhaps it’s time for an industry hackathon aimed at brainstorming solutions to some of the industry’s most vexing problems.

Lauren Roman founded TransparentPlanet in 2008 to develop a tracking platform for the U.S. electronics recycling industry, integrating RFID to monitor material flows. With over 20 years of industry experience, she also provides consulting services to electronics recycling companies of all sizes to optimize market positioning, messaging and effectiveness of sales teams.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not imply endorsement by Resource Recycling, Inc. If you have a subject you'd like to cover in an Op-Ed, email news@resource-recycling.com for consideration.

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FBI seizes Creative Recycling Systems documents

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 20:51
FBI seizes Creative Recycling Systems documents

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

August 13, 2015

Federal agents have taken possession of more than 100 boxes of documents formerly belonging to Creative Recycling Systems, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The Florida-based company closed and filed for bankruptcy last year, leaving behind an estimated 30 million pounds of warehoused CRT glass in six states.

During a bankruptcy hearing this week, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents subpoenaed more than 100 bankers boxes full of documents left by Creative at a warehouse in Florida, according to the Business Journal. A bankruptcy judge approved the action.

Creative Recycling Systems is currently in the process of moving forward in its Chapter 7 bankruptcy, attempting to sell company assets and distribute the proceeds to company creditors. A former trustee told E-Scrap News in January that CRT glass processing and marketing issues brought down the company.

Regions Bank, which filed a lawsuit seeking $18.7 million from Creative, said during this week's bankruptcy hearing the FBI-seized documents could contain sensitive and confidential client data.

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Windows 10 rollout: How will it affect the e-scrap stream?

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 20:50
Windows 10 rollout: How will it affect the e-scrap stream?

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

August 13, 2015

E-Scrap News wants to know how the release of Windows 10 will make an impact on the e-scrap stream. Will businesses hold onto devices they would normally replace? Are worries about the repercussions overblown? Send in your thoughts to bobby@resource-recycling for possible inclusion in a future article on this important issue.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 20:48
Certification scorecard

August 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.

Absolute Document Destruction & Storage of Baton Rouge, La.; American Data Security, Inc. of Oak Park, Mich.; Destrupack SL of Barcelona, Spain; Gestion Confidencial Destrupack, SL of Madrid; Goodwill Data SHIELD of Greenville, Wis.; Rogue Shred LLC of White City, Ore.; SecurShred of South Burlington, Vt.; Shred 360 of Irmo, S.C.; Shred Trust of Deerfield Beach, Fla. and The Shredding Company, Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md. have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, 3R Network of Chino, Calif.; Guardian Data Destruction of South Hackensack, N.J. and Li Tong Group of Hong Kong have renewed their NAID Certifications for 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 here.

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Early birds get the workshops at E-Scrap 2015

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 20:47
Early birds get the workshops at E-Scrap 2015

August 13, 2015

As you finalize travel plans for E-Scrap 2015 (which is less than a month away!), plan to be in Orlando early in the week to maximize your experience at North America's largest gathering of e-scrap professionals.

Tuesday, Sept. 1 will be packed with workshops and seminars offered by the leading groups in electronics recycling. Learn how to maximize mobile-device value and optimize business models with ISRI. Get up to speed on what R2, e-Stewards, RIOS and ISO certification can do for your operation. Digest the facts on state law updates from the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse. All that and more will await early arrivers.

To see complete details on the workshops and other extra events, click here. You will be able to register for the individual events as you register for the conference itself.

E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, Fla. Last year's conference brought together more than 1,300 attendees from 35 countries and similar numbers are expected for the upcoming iteration. Check in at e-scrapconference.com for the latest on exhibiting, sponsoring and attending.

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NewsBits from E-Scrap News

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 20:46
NewsBits

August 13, 2015

Nulife Glass has started build-out on a furnace to process leaded CRT glass at its flagship U.S. location in Dunkirk, N.Y. The U.K.-based company expects to have the furnace operational in the coming weeks, CEO Simon Greer told E-Scrap News. The operation aims to separate lead from the glass in such a way that enables both commodities to be resold.

Call2Recycle has inked agreements to become the provincially sanctioned battery take-back organization for the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Meanwhile, the industry-funded nonprofit group is on track to collect more batteries year over year for the 19th year in a row, it recently announced.

Online repair hub iFixit recently highlighted a mobile phone designed for repairability: the Fairphone. While the Netherlands-based company producing the phone has only sold 60,000 units (for comparison, 500 million iPhones have been sold), the device signals a shift in attitude, writes Julia Bluff, repair advocate at iFixit.org.

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Industry and supplier news

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 20:45
Industry and supplier news

August 13, 2015

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries announced that its chief economist and director of commodities, Joe Pickard, was selected to serve on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Building Materials, Construction and Nonferrous Metals (ITAC-9), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He will represent the U.S. scrap recycling industry. For more, click here.

Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Schupan & Sons, Inc. has promoted Bryan Huggett to director of maintenance coordination for all Schupan & Sons companies and Troy Lincomfelt to director of Michigan operations for Schupan Recycling. The family-owned business specializes in industrial and electronics recycling, metal and plastics fabrication and beverage container processing.

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E-Scrap 2015: Boost profits with E-Scrap Academy

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:41
E-Scrap 2015: Boost profits with E-Scrap Academy

August 6, 2015

The upcoming E-Scrap Conference will again feature the E-Scrap Academy, a lineup of expert speakers who will help industry professionals of all experience levels get fully up to speed on the practical processing matters that affect business bottom lines right now.

This year, the E-Scrap Academy will be offered as its own track throughout the conference, giving attendees a chance to take in sessions on the topics most prevalent to their own operations and abilities. Need guidance finding the right industry partners, ushering in certification, designing facility layout or negotiating deals? All that and more will be covered by industry leaders who have been profiting in e-scrap for years.

E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 – the week before Labor Day – at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, Fla.  Check in at e-scrapconference.com for the latest on attending, sponsoring and exhibiting.

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E-scrap kiosk firm feels competitive pinch

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 17:42
E-scrap kiosk firm feels competitive pinch

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

August 6, 2015

Fewer consumers returned their e-scrap through ecoATM kiosks during the second quarter of 2015, compared to a year ago, parent company Outerwall announced. In addition, financial records show the e-scrap take-back brand continues to operate at a loss.

The decrease in transactions was primarily due to competition from wireless carriers, which are offering their own take-back deals, according to the 2015 second quarter results for ecoATM's parent, publicly traded Outerwall.

Meanwhile, ecoATM did recently hit a milestone of collecting 5 million devices since its inception. Currently, more than 2,200 automated ecoATM kiosks are accepting e-scrap at locations around the country. The company added 120 new kiosks during the second quarter, mostly at major stores. It also moved 70 underperforming kiosks from grocery stores into malls and major stores. The kiosks either purchase e-scrap or accept items as donations, depending on the item and its condition.

On July 23, 2013, Outerwall purchased ecoATM for $350 million in cash. Outerwall also owns Redbox and Coinstar, both of which operated solidly in the black during the second quarter. The ecoATM startup installed its first kiosk in 2009.

During the second quarter of 2015, competition from carriers resulted in fewer transactions and a decrease in higher-valued devices, compared with a year ago, Outerwall stated. The numbers improved over the first quarter of 2015 but were still below the company's expectations and historical seasonal trends, according to the report.

EcoATM's revenue in Q2 2015 was $26 million, and its operating loss that quarter was $7 million. For comparison, it posted a $4.5 million operating loss in Q2 2014. The operating loss increase was mainly a factor of higher expenses brought on by more kiosks, according to the report. EcoATM's revenue accounted for less than 5 percent of Outerwall's revenue.

In 2014, Outerwall reported its "New Ventures" segment – composed of ecoATM and a product sampling kiosk brand called SAMPLEit – experienced an operating loss of more than $30 million, according to the company's annual report. In September 2014, the release of the iPhone 6 prompted consumers to trade in their old phones, flooding the used phone market and driving down resale values in the secondary market to below historical levels, according to the annual report.

Competition from carriers and dimmer revenue expectations have resulted in a decrease in ecoATM's estimated value. Outerwall has remained optimistic about the e-scrap kiosk business, however. "Given its unique value proposition, we still expect ecoATM revenue growth and profitability over time as the business scales," wrote Nora Denzel, Outerwall's interim CEO.

Outerwall representatives declined to comment.

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Act now for discounted room rates at E-Scrap 2015

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 17:41
Act now for discounted room rates at E-Scrap 2015

August 6, 2015

Between pre- and post-conference workshops, early morning sessions, networking opportunities and evening receptions, E-Scrap 2015 will feature hours of business-boosting activity. All events will be held exclusively at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. To get the most out of your conference experience, be sure to stay at the host hotel, where thousands of recycling professionals will be an open door away.

Your room reservation at the conference host hotel also ensures lower registration rates for future conferences.

To receive the conference discount room rate of $175 plus taxes for single/double occupancy, hotel reservations must be made by Aug. 11. The discount rate is available for the dates of Aug. 31 – Sept. 3.

Book your hotel room here.

E-Scrap 2015 is taking place Sept. 1-3, 2015 at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, Fla. Last year's conference brought together more than 1,300 attendees from 35 countries and similar numbers are expected for the upcoming iteration. Check in at e-scrapconference.com for the latest on exhibiting, sponsoring and attending.

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BlueBook site provides value estimates for e-scrap

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 17:39
BlueBook site provides value estimates for e-scrap

By Jared Paben, E-Scrap News

August 6, 2015

Sage Sustainable Electronics has unveiled what it hopes can be the Kelley Blue Book of the e-scrap industry.

Columbus, Ohio-based Sage announced the public launch of the Sage BlueBook, a website providing estimates of values of e-scrap. The free beta version is the world's largest source of pricing information for used computing devices, according to Sage.

"We hope that the BlueBook helps our business, of course, but from a mission perspective, we know that it's going to help people rationalize extending the life of used electronics," Sage CEO Bob Houghton told E-Scrap News. "We think the BlueBook is a way of motivating people to reuse rather than recycle, to repair more than they do."

Sage offers ITAD, recycling and data destruction services.

The company's BlueBook site currently provides value estimates for about 11 million device models from more than 9,000 manufacturers, Houghton said. It provides estimates for resale of electronics in various conditions, from refurbished to not working, as well as an estimate for the value of materials if a given product was recycled.

Currently, IT asset disposition professionals and others often rely on Internet searches to get an idea of an item's value. But, in Houghton's own Google search for a Dell device, he found a $50 price and a $150 price for the same item and configuration.

"The problem for anybody that's in the business right now is there is a real dearth of solid information about values," Houghton said. "What the BlueBook attempts to do is attempt to sort through all the noise in the market and produce market pricing for a particular model in a particular configuration."

Anybody can do market research but the process is expensive, so it only makes sense on high-value items, he said. The BlueBook makes it more likely the life of a $50 laptop will be extended alongside that of a $300 laptop, he said.

The software constantly searches selling prices to find a valid value, he said. The most in-demand items have their values updated daily or weekly, and others less often. The software constantly augments the database with new items as well.

"The prices that it provides are not Sage prices, per se," Houghton said. "These are not what we think this stuff is worth. These are an analysis of market data. It is what it is. It's what the stuff is selling for out there."

The materials value from recycling is based not on actual list prices but on a calculation taking into account estimates of commodity weights in a particular item and the current selling prices of those commodities. Some entries lack a recycling value because the software lacks weights for commodities in particular devices.

Sage plans to roll out a pro version in coming weeks. The pro version, available by subscription, will have additional features, including the ability to upload a large list of items to find value estimates and a forecast of future values.

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Windows 10 rollout: How will it affect the electronics stream?

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 17:38
Windows 10 rollout: How will it affect the electronics stream?

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

August 6, 2015

E-Scrap News wants to know how the release of Windows 10 will make an impact on the e-scrap stream. Will businesses hold onto devices they would normally replace? Are worries about the repercussions overblown? Send in your thoughts to bobby@resource-recycling for possible inclusion in a future article on this important issue.

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Certification scorecard

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 17:36
Certification scorecard

August 6, 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.

Commodity Resource & Environmental Inc. of Mojave, Calif.; Datashredder Corp. of Foxboro, Mass.; H & R Contractors, Inc. of Staunton, Va.; and Metro Record Storage and Shredding of Bakersfield, Calif. 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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Wide world of e-scrap

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 17:35
Wide world of e-scrap

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

August 6, 2015

A retailer in the U.K. offers store credit for e-scrap, and OEMs are taken to task over allegedly avoiding producer responsibility obligations in India.

With the help of the waste reduction group WRAP, major U.K. retailer Argos has launched an in-store electronics trade-in program offering consumers company credit in exchange for used mobile phones and tablets. All 744 Argos stores throughout the U.K. will provide the service, which could expand to more electronics in the future.

The Statesman, a news outlet based in New Delhi, reports the Indian state of Odisha is not getting help from manufacturers to recover more than 7,700 tons of e-scrap residents generate each year. According to the report, the Odisha State Pollution Control Board has issued notices to 43 manufacturers who have allegedly dodged mandated extended producer responsibility obligations in the state.

Logistics and shipping company DHL has announced it will begin charging businesses in the U.K. for its "123 Recycle for Free" program. The program, which until now has provided free e-scrap collection services, will cost around $75 per visit starting in August. DHL sends collected material to SWEEP Kuusakoski for further processing and has said the fee is a way to mitigate "regulation changes and increased administration burdens," reports letsrecycle.com.

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NewsBits from E-Scrap News

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 17:33
NewsBits

August 6, 2015

Blue Oak Resources was part of a small-business gathering hosted by the White House, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. Blue Oak, which is reportedly preparing to open its first processing facility later this month in Osceola, Ark., was represented by CEO Privahini Bradoo at the event. In an interview broadcast by the White House, Bradoo spoke about the value in e-scrap mining.

After a one-day e-scrap collection event saw long lines and residents turned away, the city of Springfield, Ill. is planning a two-week collection period. During that time, residents will be able to drop off a range of electronics, including CRTs, without charge. The city's Public Works director apologized for the disarray at the July 18 collection event.

Legislation that would do away with North Carolina's manufacturer-funded e-scrap program is not popular with the state's recycling association, Fox 8 News reports. While the bill is supported by some state legislators, Diane Davis with the North Carolina Recycling Association says it would place a financial burden on local governments and spur illegal dumping of e-scrap. For more coverage on the legislation, click here.

E-scrap collection totals from Washington state continue to point toward a decline in overall collection volumes. Through the first seven months of 2015, Washington's e-scrap program has led to the collection of just under 25 million pounds of electronics, 97.3 percent of 2014's January-July haul.

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ERI, iFixit work together to recover, sell parts

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 16:40
ERI, iFixit work together to recover, sell parts

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

July 30, 2015

Electronic Recyclers International has teamed up with iFixit to move further into reselling working parts and pieces of devices instead of shredding them.

First reported by The Wall Street Journal, the partnership will see ERI's operations across the country set aside large quantities of tested and working parts for iFixit to resell online alongside its traditional offering of tools and free repair manuals.

A pilot project launched earlier this year with iFixit was "massively successful – far exceeding expectations," John Shegerian, ERI's CEO, told E-Scrap News.

"Through this pilot program, ERI was able to contribute full sets of replacement parts for nearly 100 different kinds of devices, from tablets to cameras and even smart watches," Shegerian said.

Those parts, after undergoing testing and a complete data wipe, are now being sold by iFixit through its newly unveiled Parts Store. Details of the financial parameters of the project have not been revealed, but Shegerian noted it's "designed to benefit both entities while also meeting consumer demand."

For ERI, which has always made parts harvesting and refurbishment a part of its business, the move is an attempt to "explore new potential growth areas" for the company, Shegerian said.

For iFixit, it will help the company provide consumers with the parts they need to keep their devices working. Kyle Wiens, iFixit's CEO, explained consumers and communities may have the guides they need to repair their gently used electronics, but not the parts.

"We have repair manuals for a lot of products that we don't have a parts option for, and when we think of how we can solve that problem, the recycling community immediately comes to mind," Wiens said. "People really understand how rare and new this is to have these parts available."

Wiens said the duo will continue to work with ERI's Fresno, Calif. processing facility before it spreads to sourcing parts from the rest of the company's operations.

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