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Exporter of UK e-scrap to serve time

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 20:36
Exporter of UK e-scrap to serve time

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 27, 2014

A U.K. businessman has been sent to jail for exporting e-scrap to Africa.

Joe Benson, an Essex-based e-scrap processor and CEO of BJ Electronics, was sentenced to serve 16 months in jail following an investigation by the Environment Agency (EA).

Between September 2012 and April 2013, EA intercepted four containers headed for several African countries including Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The containers were said to contain about 50 tons of scrap electronics and electrical equipment collected through municipal collection programs in and around London. According to EA, they had not been properly tested beforehand to verify whether they needed to be responsibly recycled or could be reused.

According to electronics reuse advocate and founder of of the World Reuse, Repair and Recycling Association (WR3A), Robin Ingenthron, much of the electronics in the intercepted containers were in working condition, and he claims to have over 200 documents individually itemizing reuse-ready items in various containers sent by Benson over the years.

Ingenthron, who has been referring to the scrap processor as "Hurricane" Joe Benson (in reference to the boxer "Hurricane" Ruben Carter, who was wrongly imprisoned and the inspiration of a famed Bob Dylan protest song), says that an earlier study also pointed out that Benson, in fact, has been shipping highly reusable material.

"An UNEP study found a 91 percent reuse rate from the televisions from Joe Benson's containers — a number actually higher than brand new products sold in Ghana and Nigeria," Ingenthron said.

"'Hurricane' Joe Benson's loads are completely documented and researched, and we believe he is becoming a cause célèbre of reuse," Ingenthron added.

Before pleading guilty to the new charges, Benson had been vigorously fighting a separate 2011 conviction alleging he had illegally shipped e-scrap to Nigeria.

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Young Ontarians see barriers to e-scrap recycling

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 20:32
Young Ontarians see barriers to e-scrap recycling

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 27, 2014

Despite data pointing to an increased commitment to recycling among young adults living in Ontario, a new survey shows electronics recycling remains on the back burner for most.

Of the 500 Ontarians between the ages of 18 and 29 who participated in the Ipsos Reid survey, just 22 percent said they've recycled an electronic device in the past year. A far higher percentage – 62 percent – considered themselves "environmentally conscious" while two-thirds of participants identified improper disposal of electronics as an environmental concern.

A staggering 74 percent of respondents cited numerous barriers to recycling electronics, including inconvenient drop-off locations, a lack of disposal information and "the worry about their stored personal information getting into the wrong hands," a press release announcing survey results states.

Ontarians pay an Environmental Handling Fee when purchasing a new electronics devices – that fee, similar to California's Electronic Waste Recycling Fee, goes toward funding the proper recycling of end-of-life e-scrap by the device makers and importers.

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Sims closes operations in Canada, UK

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 20:30
Sims closes operations in Canada, UK

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 27, 2014

In a move bound to have ripple effects throughout the industry, a pillar of the e-scrap world has announced major closings in Canada and the U.K.

Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), the e-scrap division of publicly traded Sims Metal Management, announced the sudden closures on Tuesday. All three of SRS' Canadian sites will be closing – accounting for nearly 300,000 square feet of processing space – and "a substantial portion of SRS in the U.K." will also close, the initial announcement reads.

Steve Skurnac, SRS' president, explained the decisions in greater detail in an email to E-Scrap News:

In Canada, the recycling of e-scrap is effectively controlled by the manufacturers through a virtual monopoly organization, EPRA, that sets volumes and pricing. Without the ability to effectively manage inflows and recycling rates, it is difficult for any recycler to support investment in technology, capacity and quality standards.

In the U.K., there is a substantially more recycling capacity than material currently available in the market and as such competition for material is very aggressive. Consequently Sims is reviewing our processing capabilities in both our U.K. scrap metal division and our EU electronics recycling division to determine if there is a more competitive way for us to process available material.

EPRA's director of harmonization, Jay Illingworth, declined to comment "until more information is provided by Sims on their restructuring internationally."

It is not yet known which of Sims' U.K. facilities will close. The company website lists locations in Cheshire, Middlesex, Dumfriessire, Stockton-on-Tees, Glasgow, Gwent and Warwickshire.

The company will release further findings from an ongoing review of SRS' global "operations and strategy" on July 23. The "restructuring" is expected to cost Sims between $80 million and $85 million in charges and impair goodwill by $20 million to $30 million, the release states.

Sims recently closed facilities in Texas and New Jersey as part of larger consolidation efforts in the U.S. It was not widely known that the company was considering further closings.

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Patent watch

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 20:26
Patent watch

June 27, 2014

Patent No. 8,739,708 was awarded to New York, New York's Yuriy Rabiner for a method and equipment for processing of electronic scrap materials.

Institute of National Colleges of Technology of Hachioji, Japan and Polytech Kagawa, Co., Ltd. of Marugame, Japan were jointly awarded Patent No. 8,747,519 for a method of recovering copper from coated wire.

A method for producing polycarbonate resin partially produced from recycled materials, including shredded compact discs, is the subject of Patent No. 8,748,510, given to Tokyo, Japan's Sony Corporation.

Nippon Crucible Co., Ltd., from Tokyo, Japan, produced a novel apparatus for recovering precious metals, the subject of Patent Application No. 20140151943.

Patent Appication No. 20140156883, regarding a method and apparatus for removing data from scrap electronic devices, was given to San Diego, California's EcoATM, Inc.

A method of recovering precious metals is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140165786, awarded to Petr Dedek, from Paha, Czechoslovakia.

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

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

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Certification scorecard

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 20:22
Certification scorecard

June 27, 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.

Cohen Electronics of Middletown, Ohio is now certified to the following standards: RIOS, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, e-Stewards and R2:2013.

3N Document Destruction, Inc. of Clifton Park, New York; Bayaud Enterprises of Denver; Business Records Management, Inc. of Clearwater, Florida; Highland Shredding, Inc. of Woburn, Massachusetts; Intercon Solutions, Inc. of Chicago Heights, Illinois; RecordsPro / Shredmonkey of Indianapolis; Shred Ace of Durham, North Carolina; and The Shredder of Des Moines, Iowa 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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NewsBits

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 20:16
NewsBits

June 27, 2014

Congress' latest effort to establish federal legislation when it comes to unlocking mobile devices has earned the praise of the outspoken e-scrap recycling advocate Kyle Wiens. The founder of iFixit notes on the group's blog a recently proposed Senate bill on the unlocking issue is one that includes legal protections for cell phone recycling firms and other "bulk unlockers." A previous attempt at legislation in the House included wording that could have hampered e-scrap companies' efforts to refurbish old phones and re-sell them.

The United Nations-backed StEP Initiative has issued a guidance document to help governments, businesses and other groups establish standards for effectively and responsibly dealing with end-of-life electronics. The main components detailed in the report — the complications of data security and transboundary shipment of material, for instance — will likely be well-known to most e-scrap players, but the document serves as helpful primer for individuals trying to wrap their heads around the full scope of electronic material management.

The federal EPA has moved to finalize CRT export regulations. Signed last week by EPA head Gina McCarthy, the newly cemented rule will require U.S. exporters of CRTs for reuse or recycling to provide greater documentation to the agency — significantly, it will also require suppliers of exporters to report data and movement flows to EPA, which will use the data to ensure CRTs are getting recycled abroad.

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SERI announces R2 Leader Program

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 14:00
SERI announces R2 Leader Program

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 18, 2014

The new home for the R2 standard has made its first substantial move by creating a designation that honors responsibility-minded businesses and groups outside the e-scrap industry.

SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International), which recently replaced R2 Solutions, announced the R2 Leaders last week as a means to involve entities supporting the R2 certification and "the responsible reuse and recycling of used electronics," a press release from the group reads.

"Since the creation of the R2 Standard for responsible electronics recycling in 2008, we have consistently heard from companies and organizations that wanted to support reuse and recycling efforts," said John Lingelbach, executive director of SERI. "Working in tandem with these leaders who share our vision will significantly accelerate progress in developing responsible e-waste reuse and recycling policies, programs and facilities."

The R2 certification is one of the two major environmental certifications employed by e-scrap facilities in North America. The other primary certification is e-Stewards.

The 10 companies and nonprofit organizations that have emerged as inaugural members of R2 Leaders are: DIRECTV, Goodwill Industries International, Greeneye Partners, Keep America Beautiful, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sony America, SourceAmerica, Wistron Corporation and Xerox. None of the R2 Leaders are e-Stewards Enterprises, the similarly business, organization and community-focused wing of the e-Stewards certification.

As R2 Leaders, each member will be expected to send end-of-life electronics to an R2-certified recycling firm wherever possible. They will also each support a specific project in support of SERI's broader "responsible recycling" cause, with potential projects including pilot recycling programs in developing countries.

"For many years, we've vetted recycling vendors before we agree to ship them our electronics," Diane P. O'Connor, Xerox's vice president of global environment, health, safety and sustainability, said in comments to the Connecticut Post in the wake of the R2 announcement, "and we encourage other companies to do the same."

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E-Scrap 2014: The latest on the CRT crisis

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 13:59
E-Scrap 2014: The latest on the CRT crisis

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 18, 2014

Discussion of downstream options for CRT glass — and the associated pricing — has consumed the electronics recycling industry for several years, and at E-Scrap 2014, the CRT debate will get its due treatment.

To help clarify the current situation and anticipate where it's headed, a conference session will offer a full rundown of the North American processors still standing and those hoping to get in on the notoriously narrow-margin market. Distinguishing "established" and "emerging" operations, as well as pointing out who's amassing stock versus who's actually processing it, the presentation will provide attendees with a complete picture of the CRT landscape.

Whether you're running a collection program inundated with old TVs or trying to find downstream processors you can trust, this valuable session will serve as both education and encouragement.

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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Survey on facility safety shows room for improvement

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 13:57
Survey on facility safety shows room for improvement

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

June 18, 2014

A survey has found what appear to be glaring holes in the e-scrap industry's occupational health safeguards.

The survey, which was launched as part of an interagency partnership between the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the federal EPA, included 47 U.S. e-scrap facilities run by 19 different companies. Despite the small sample size — the survey had hoped to include more than 100 facilities and reached out to 276 — results indicate that worker safety protocols are inconsistent at best, despite "the potential for a wide variety of occupational exposures," the survey states.

For instance, 42 of the 47 facilities reported accepting CRTs, devices known for their high lead content, and 26 reported actively processing the items. Just 22 of the surveyed facilities, however, test workers for blood lead levels "pre-placement." A total of nine facilities indicated testing on an annual or bi-annual basis, raising further questions about whether or not facilities are taking the right steps in ensuring occupational safety.

"We are concerned that in facilities that break CRTs, employees do not have access to medical surveillance and proper workplace controls," NIOSH's Diana Ceballos told E-Scrap News.

Of the surveyed facilities, 80 percent were R2-certified while another 68 percent were e-Stewards-certified. The survey encourages site visits to further evaluate and understand occupational health protocols.

Of the 47 facilities, 13 permitted workers to eat and drink in the production areas — a potentially dangerous allowance that could lead to the ingestion of hazardous substances.

One facility even permitted employees to wash their work uniforms at home, potentially "provid[ing] a route of take-home exposure to family members," according to the report.

The study did find that larger facilities managed to provide greater health safeguards.

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Utah regulators tell processing firm to clean up its act

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 13:56
Utah regulators tell processing firm to clean up its act

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 18, 2014

A CRT-collecting e-scrap firm in Utah has come under extensive state-level scrutiny for being slow to address operational miscues identified by regulators.

The issues allegedly facing Stone Castle Recycling, which include improper storage of CRT glass, large outdoor and indoor stockpiles of various material and "deficiencies" in current plans of operation, were detailed in a pair of letters to the firm from Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) over the past several months.

The most recent letter, dated May 22 and obtained by E-Scrap News through a public records request, implored the firm to respond to regulators and "show cause why Stone Castle should be allowed to continue operations."

This week the DEQ's Patrick Sheehan told E-Scrap News Stone Castle had until June 2 to contact the Utah Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste but failed to do so. Scott Anderson, Solid and Hazardous Waste division head, added that the agency would "continue to work with Stone Castle to resolve the oustanding issues [and] as long as they continue to make progress, they can remain open."

Stone Castle's CEO, Anthony Stoddard, told E-Scrap News that "all the issues have been addressed."

The emergence of those issues can be traced back to a March 2 fire at the company's Parowan location, which prompted the DEQ to launch an investigation of all three of the firm's sites in the state.

That fire, which occurred outdoors and burned CRTs and other materials, also led watchdog group Basel Action Network to issue a report that was highly critical of the firm. BAN's executive director, Jim Puckett, wrote the state of Stone Castle's operations were "every bit as horrible as what I've seen in Ghana or China."

The DEQ's first letter to the firm, dated April 16, detailed a list of problems identified at the locations and required the Parowan facility to be cleaned up. Regulators also told company to discontinue collecting material there.

In addition, the company's Clearfield operation was reprimanded in the April 16 letter for storing CRTs outside in "Gaylord containers that are not properly labeled, constructed, filled and closed." Similarly, the Cedar City site was ordered to label material after "the facility manager was unable to identify various wastes in storage" during a state inspection. All three sites were also asked to shore up their plans of operation to fully account for and describe the full extent of operations and storage practices.

When many of those problems were found to be unresolved, the DEQ sent its May 22 letter, again informing Stoddard to address the issues.

In February, Utah official Sheehan told E-Scrap News Stone Castle was experiencing trouble moving about 2,500 tons of CRT glass downstream.

This story has been updated to include comments from Scott Anderson of the the Utah Solid and Hazardous Waste Division.  The story additionally stated Stone Castle Recycling's Clearfield facility was certified to the R2 standard, according to the certification directory.  That listing has since been removed and R2 (now SERI) staffers confirmed the facility is not certified to the standard.  

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California aims to raise rates it pays to firms handling CRTs

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 13:54
California aims to raise rates it pays to firms handling CRTs

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 18, 2014

In a sign of the increasingly tight CRT market, regulators in California have moved to increase the payments issued to firms that collect and/or process lower value electronics to help them fully cover recycling costs.

Jeff Hunts, branch manager of the e-waste program at California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), issued a Request for Approval last week to boost the collection payment for materials in the covered electronic waste (CEW) category from 16 cents per pound to 18 cents per pound. The document also recommends increasing the combined recovery and recycling payment from 39 cents per pound to 44 cents per pound.

The recommendation now needs final approval from Carroll Mortensen, CalRecycle's program director, and that action could come as soon as this week. CalRecycle will then make a filing with California’s Office of Administrative Law to enact the rate changes, which would take effect on or after July 1.

The CEW category includes CRT-containing devices, LCD TVs and monitors, LCD laptops, gas plasma display TVs, and personal DVD players.

Under California's electronics recycling law, CalRecycle is chargedwing with assessing the state's CEW payment rates every two years. Since the payment system was implemented in 2005, regulators have only once made changes to the rate. That action came in 2008, when officials dropped the combined rate by 9 cents per pound. The state draws payment amounts from a fund that is fed by recycling fees paid by consumers when they purchase new devices.

To determine whether increases in CEW payment rates are warranted, CalRecycle each year requires collectors and recycling entities to submit reports that show revenues and costs associated with CEW management during the previous year, and a number of those reports are audited.

"CEW claim data suggest that approximately 98 percent of claims by weight were for CRT devices," CalRecycle reported in a background document accompanying the payment increase request.



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Certification scorecard

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 13:52
Certification scorecard

June 18, 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.

Global Environmental Services LLC is certified to the following standards at its facilities in Austin, Texas and Georgetown, Kentucky: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, R2:2008 and e-Stewards.

Alliance Document Shredding, Inc. of Sulphur Springs, Texas and Shred Ace of Durham, North Carolina 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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NewsBits

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 13:50
NewsBits

June 18, 2014

Ending a long back and forth, the City of Buffalo, New York and the federal EPA have reached an accord. The city will host nine community collection events for fluorescent light bulbs, e-scrap and household hazardous waste – spending a minimum of $79,000 – to make amends for past violations by the city for improperly storing and failing to clearly label warehoused materials, including e-scrap.

The Canadian wing of office supply and electronics chain Staples has announced sustainability goals of diverting 20 million ink cartridges by early 2016. Staples is also aiming to collect over 220,000 pounds of alkaline and rechargeable batteries in 2014 through its ongoing partnership with North American battery recycling coalition Call2Recycle.

New York City's e-CycleNYC initiative now has a presence in all five boroughs. Staten Island was the only borough without a participating apartment building, but that changed this week when the Snug Harbor Apartments complex joined the service, which allows residents in buildings with 10 units or more to bring their end-of-life electronics to a centrally located drop-off space. According to New York officials, more than 250 buildings now participate.

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Former CRS head in legal battle

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:34
Former CRS head in legal battle

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 12, 2014

The founder of an embroiled East Coast e-scrap company is being sued for allegedly misrepresenting the firm's value.

Jonathan Yob, who founded and served as the president of Creative Recycling Systems (CRS) for 18 years, is at the center of a lawsuit claiming Yob overstated the value of CRS when it was sold in 2012 to a group of investors. The investors, working together as a limited liability corporation named Intersection One, acquired CRS from Yob's JY Creative Holdings only to come to believe they had drastically overpaid for a company barely "treading water."

"Defendants led the Investors to believe that CRS was a profitable, large-scale, stable company with healthy cash flow," the lawsuit reads. "What Defendants failed to disclose to the Investors was that this depiction of CRS was premised upon abject, widespread and systemic fraud."

Yob did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A CRS representative said the firm does not comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit, which is ongoing, alleges Yob valued CRS at $55 million while its true value, as of September of 2013, was "approximately $20 million." The lawsuit was filed Sept. 16, 2013 and was first reported on by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

A February 2014 court document from Yob's legal team denies any wrongdoing.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal recently reported CRS indicated it is closing an e-scrap processing facility in Tampa. In a separate lawsuit, Regions Bank claims CRS owes $18 million in debt.

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E-Scrap 2014: Extended trade show hours

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:33
E-Scrap 2014: Extended trade show hours

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 12, 2014

To further bolster the experience of the growing number of conference attendees and vendors, the exhibit hall 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.

These extended hours provide additional time for attendees to view and learn about the latest products and services from the over 125 exhibiting industry companies that are expected to be on hand at E-Scrap 2014 in Orlando, Florida. Following the new extended trade show hours on Oct. 21, attendees and exhibitors can continue their conversations at the ISRI Welcome Reception, which will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

The trade show will be open normal hours 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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Environmental group claims India has reached CRT brink

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:19
Environmental group claims India has reached CRT brink

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 12, 2014

A recent report from an environmental nonprofit group in India aims to articulate the scope of what it sees as a growing CRT crisis in that nation.

"Looking Through Glass" was published by New Delhi-based Toxics Link, and it warns that as large television producers in India continue to scale down their CRT manufacturing, growing numbers of old CRTs -- from both domestic generators and imports -- are going to find their way into the country's informal recycling sector. Those informal operations, the report states, rarely take the necessary steps to separate leaded glass from other materials.

"Most of the CRT glass is handled by the informal sector which has little or no knowledge about the composition and effects of handling CRT glass," the report states. "For them, it’s glass which can be used for making certain products."

Those products include marbles, table tops, bottles and decorative items, according to the report.

In recent years, many members of the North American e-scrap industry have viewed India as one of the few remaining locations where CRTs are actually still recycled into new televisions and monitors. India's Videocon, a CRT glass-to-glass recycling firm, is the single largest processor of U.S. CRT glass and has long been viewed as a surefire, but temporary fix to a national -- and increasingly international -- glass crisis.

The Toxics Link study says only 4 million new CRT devices are expected to be sold within in India next year, down considerably from previous years. In 2010, approximately 16.5 million CRT units were shipped, according to the report.

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CAER brings national security into export debate

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:18
CAER brings national security into export debate

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

June 12, 2014

A major e-scrap export ban advocate says shipments of end-of-life electronics overseas may actually pose a national security threat.

According to a press release from the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER), e-scrap exported from the U.S. and other countries to China is at times being used as raw material for parts that end up back in U.S. hands -- as pivotal defense machinery and weaponry.

CAER, an organization with the support of more than 130 industry companies, says that in China the e-scrap is cleaned and sold as new. A complex supply chain then brings it to governments and contractors who think the components are unused and fully reliable.

"More than 1 million suspected counterfeit parts have been identified in defense technologies over the past two years," the CAER press release reads, citing data from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

CAER, which released a position paper on the issue Wednesday, is rallying support for a "national policy on export of untested, non-working e-waste linked to counterfeit microchips that undermine national security."

The passage of the federal Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, CAER notes, would satisfy such a need by banning many e-scrap exports. The latest iteration of the measure, which CAER has long supported and pushed for, has gained 21 co-sponsors after failing to pass out of committee in 2013. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has fiercely opposed the legislation, arguing that research shows the vast majority of e-scrap is processed domestically, not sent to foreign markets.

Note: An earlier version of this story inaccurately stated that CAER testified on the issue on Capitol Hill. The group issued a position paper, but it did not testify before Congress.

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Certification Scorecard

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:16
Certification scorecard

June 12, 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.

Computer Connection CNY, Inc., has achieved R2:2008 and ISO 14001 certifications at its Utica, New York facility.

Green Vision, Inc., of Randolph, New Jersey, achieved R2:2013, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 certification.

T3, located in Rancho Cordova, California, is now certified to the R2:2013, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 standards.

Adirondack Mobile Shredding of Schroon Lake, NY; Integra Certified Document Destruction, LLC of Elkhart, IN; LeMay Mobile Shredding of Lacey, WA and Secure On-Site Shredding, Inc. of McKinney, TX 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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NewsBits

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:15
NewsBits

June 12, 2014

With Apple set to unveil its first wearable smartwatch this October -- producing 3 million to 5 million devices monthly -- it's beginning to be clear that the e-scrap stream of the future will include a fair amount of wearables. Samsung released a line of smartwatches last year and Apple is looking to the electronic product category for added momentum in 2014.

Al Gore was on hand Tuesday for the groundbreaking ceremony of a new $35 million e-scrap plant located in Osceola, Arkansas. The former vice president is a partner of one of the main investors supporting the building of the plant, which is set to begin operations by the end of 2015 and specialize in rare earth metals extraction.

According to the latest tally, the E-Cycle Washington program has collected about 17.5 million pounds of e-scrap thus far in 2014. That total is 5.1 percent below collection totals through the first five months of 2013 and the program is actively looking into whether collection numbers have peaked or whether they will even out during the course of the year.

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Sims Recycling Solutions closes New Jersey facility

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:53
Sims Recycling Solutions closes New Jersey facility

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

June 5, 2014

Just weeks after news broke Sims Recycling Solutions would be closing its Dallas facility, the firm confirmed it is also shuttering its Edison, New Jersey e-scrap processing site.

Steve Skurnac, Sims Recycling Solutions' president, told E-Scrap News the company had stopped receiving materials at its Edison facility June 1. The closure was tied to a changing marketplace and a need to consolidate operations, Skurnac said

"In response to advances in the electronics market, Sims has invested in new technologies and services such as mobile repair facilities and new on-site hard drive shredding," Skurnac said in a statement. "By consolidating the number of locations where Sims processes traditional electronic scrap, the company will be able to continue investing in cutting edge solutions to meet our customer’s ever-changing needs."

According to a database compiled by E-Scrap News, the Edison facility, opened in December 2010, was 93,000 square feet and employed 25 workers.

Material from Edison, Skurnac explained, will be making the 160-plus mile trip south to Sims' Baltimore-area facility for processing.

County officials in Middlesex, where Edison is located, first confirmed the closure with E-Scrap News. In 2013, the county collected nearly 3 million pounds of e-scrap – all of which was serviced by Sims' Edison facility, officials said.

County officials stated the facility would officially close July 7, 2014.

In addition to servicing the Edison community, Sims' New Jersey e-scrap facility serviced the metro New York City area, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, according to the company's website.

The news comes less than a month after the Dallas Business Journal revealed Sims Recycling Solutions, a division of the publicly traded Sims Metal Management, would be closing its Dallas facility and laying off 45 workers.

Another multi-facility e-scrap recycling firm, Creative Recycling Solutions, has also recently moved to close operations.

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