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Tablet shipments expected to see 40 percent growth this year

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:55
Tablet shipments expected to see 40 percent growth this year

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 28, 2014

Research group Gartner says worldwide device shipments in 2014 will show growth despite continued declines in PC shipments.

Overall device shipments are projected to increase by 6.9 percent in 2014, reaching 2.5 billion units during the year. Mobile phone shipments, accounting for about 75 percent of overall device shipments, are expected to total 1.9 billion units, a 4.9 percent increase from 2013 levels.

Tablet shipments are expected to post tremendous growth this year. Tablet shipments will reach 270.7 million units in 2014, up 38.6 percent, Gartner says.

PC shipments, a category including both desk-based and notebook computers, "will continue to hamper the overall growth of devices," however. Rosy mobile phone numbers and even rosier tablet figures for 2014 are expected to be offset – to some degree – by a decrease of 6.6 percent in PC shipments. PC shipments, after reaching 296.1 million units last year, will fall to 270.7 million units in 2014.

Looking ahead to 2015, Gartner expects tablet shipments to surpass PC shipments for the first time on record. As the tablet market saturates, Gartner expects replacements of PCs by tablets to slow. "As they do this, we will see where dedicated devices (such as tablets) … fit in the overall portfolio of devices," Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal said.

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Patent watch

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:54
Patent watch

March 28, 2014

Xerox Corporation, headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, was given Patent No. 8,662,649, which describes a method of printing from an inkjet printer using recycled ink.

Patent No. 8,668,540 was awarded to Santa Clara, California's ECS Refining for a method of separating the glass panel from cathode ray tubes.

A method for removing personal information from an electronic device before recycling is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140059696, awarded to ATC Logistics & Electronics, Inc. from Fort Worth, Texas.

Osaka, Japan's Panasonic Corp. was awarded Patent Application No. 20140059857, which describes a method of dismantling and recycling refrigerators.

Patent Application Nos. 20140060250 and 20140069234 were given to Sumimoto Metal Mining for two different methods for recycling lithium-ion batteries.

Wilmington, Delaware's Empire Technology Development LLC was awarded Patent Application No. 20140068929, which describes a method for disassembling and recycling batteries.

A method for recovering rare earth elements is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140072509, awarded to Albert Vierheilig, from Savannah, Georgia.

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 from E-Scrap News

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:53
Certification scorecard

March 28, 2014

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a round-up of the firms announcing certification this past week.

Affordable Shred of Springfield, Illinois; Alliance Document Shredding of Sulphur Springs, Texas; ASDD (a division of nonprofit group The Centers for Habilitation) of Tempe, Arizona; Beckley’s, Inc. of Rochester, Minnesota; Docu Shred, Inc. of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; Hoosier Shred LLC of Indianapolis; Secure A Cycle/Shredway of Matraville, Australia; Secure Data Destruction Company of Chester Hill, Australia; Security Mobile Shredding, Inc. of Boyce, Louisiana; Shred Ace of Durham, North Carolina; Shredder’s, Inc. of Halifax, Canada; The Shredding Company, Inc. of Gaithersburg, Maryland; and Wiggins Shredding, Inc. of West Chester, Pennsylvania have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery of Victor, New York has renewed its NAID Certification for Computer Hard Drive Sanitization and Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Announcement: 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 from E-Scrap News

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:52
NewsBits

March 28, 2014

A Chinese metals executive says the Asian nation is reintroducing a rebate on value-added tax for domestic processors of scrap copper. China's finance ministry has not confirmed the rebate, which is aimed at improving weak domestic demand for scrap copper and could lead to greater import activity as a result.

Oregon's statewide e-scrap collection program has reported bringing in 27.7 million pounds of material in 2013, a gain of almost 4 percent compared with 2012.

Tech site Deal News has detailed the refurbished electronics programs run by some of the industry's biggest players, including Apple, Dell and Sony. The list notes some programs offer 50 percent discounts on as-good-as-new products and encourages consumers to shop green and contribute to the growing reuse culture in the U.S.

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Blaze shines harsh spotlight on Utah processor

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 16:35
Blaze shines harsh spotlight on Utah processor

By Bobby Elliott and Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

March 20, 2014

A fire broke out earlier this month on the grounds of a prominent CRT processor in Utah, raising questions about the legality and processing practices of the business as well as the cause of the blaze.

The facility building, located in Parowan, Utah and run by Stone Castle Recycling, was not affected by the March 2 incident. A large outdoor area, however, where the company stored "crates filled with televisions and computer screens," was engulfed in flames, requiring firefighters from Paragonah, Parowan and Brian Head to converge on the scene, local paper St. George News reported.

An industry source told E-Scrap News in February Stone Castle was storing large amounts of CRT devices and "cannot afford" to pay for final processing. Patrick Sheehan of the Utah Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste confirmed 1,500 tons of glass had been stored by the company.

The Basel Action Network (BAN) visited the site of the fire earlier this week, and issued a report that was highly critical of Stone Castle. According to BAN, the fire started near the middle of a collection of Gaylord boxes containing intact CRT TVs and moved outward. The organization claims the blaze was hot enough to melt CRT glass and could have sent lead, cadmium and other potential pollutants into the soil and groundwater.

Sheehan, the Utah environmental official, noted he had not visited the site since the fire, but he said he had been informed the fire had burned Gaylords containing bulk electronics. "I do not believe that the fire affected Gaylord boxes of crushed CRT glass," Sheehan said.

In the wake of the fire, city officials revealed Stone Castle, which recently moved its headquarters from Clearfield, Utah to Cedar City, did not have proper business or zoning permits to operate its Parowan location. Stone Castle CEO Tony Stoddard and the city are reportedly working on an arrangement to resolve the matter.

The cause of the fire has been called into question as well. Arson was one of three possibilities listed by Todd Hohbein of the Utah State Fire Marshal's Office. The official suggested the blaze also could have been started by combustible electronics or a methane leak.

According to the BAN report, fires on similar processing sites have started when sunlight hitting lenses in electronic equipment reflected onto nearby paper or plastic, causing those materials to combust. The group reprimanded Stone Castle for storing the materials outside.

"What I witnessed in Utah was every bit as horrible as what I've seen in Ghana or China," said Jim Puckett, BAN's executive director. "The fire has created a toxic soup of dioxins, heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons all lying there, without a fence around it, or barriers to keep children away."

The BAN report states Stone Castle has been on the watchdog group's "alert list" since 2007 when a container allegedly exported by the company was rejected by officials in Hong Kong because it contained hazardous waste that was illegal to ship into the port.

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How OEMs can boost use of recycled plastic

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 16:31
How OEMs can boost use of recycled plastic

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

March 20, 2014

Motherboards and other metal-containing e-scrap components hold obvious value to reclaimers, but what about the plastics housing those pieces? According to a panel at last week's Plastics Recycling 2014, more cooperation among a range of stakeholders could do wonders to drive the demand of recycled e-plastics.

"My big dream is to see the electronics recycling industry and the plastics recycling industry come together for some best practices," said Wayne Rifer of Green Electronics Council, the organization that manages the EPEAT environmental rating system for electronics. "There are no real guidelines out there for the best system to recover these plastics. If we have system optimization, we could advise companies on what to do."

Beginning the discussion of such guidelines was the goal of Rifer, session moderator Kim Holmes of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, and the other industry experts on stage at the event.

Bill Long, director of strategic partnerships at Wistron Corporation, offered a holistic look at the subject. Wistron, a large original equipment manufacturer which makes a wide variety of electronic goods sold under other brand names, last year established its own 500,000-square-foot e-scrap processing facility in China in an effort to feed its nearby manufacturing centers. Both for Long and the other panelists, the most efficient e-plastics recovery systems establish silos by product type – for example, post-consumer resin (PCR) from reclaimed computer monitors is used only in the production of new monitors.

Long added one of the primary e-plastics recovery necessities is first collecting older plastics that contain brominated flame retardants. Material containing the additive is difficult to reuse in new products, so efforts need to be made to remove those from the collection stream as quickly as possible, which won't be easy. "The prediction is by 2016 to 2018 we'll see a dramatic reduction," Long said. "But we're dealing with people putting material in closets and basements. It could take a lot longer."

The third panelist, Scott O'Connell, director of environmental affairs at PC maker Dell, said for many manufacturers, increasing usage of recycled e-plastic will involve changing the mind-sets of product designers and engineers. O'Connell noted Dell now uses 50 million pounds of recycled plastic in its products annually and the company's monitors are made of 25 percent PCR.

Those numbers started to grow once engineers saw recycled resins could offer appearances and functionality on par with virgin sources. "It may not always be a drop-in solution," O'Connell said. "But if you can convince engineers you can tweak parameters to make PCR work, the rest of the company community will follow along."

Both Long and O'Connell noted use of more PCR has to align with cost savings for manufacturers themselves. But Rifer said jumpstarting the effort likely will carry higher prices, either for consumers or the industry. He explained efforts to remove lead from electronics in the past caused prices to rise, but safety regulations meant those prices were higher across the board.

"Nobody promised sustainability would be developed without a cost to the community," Rifer said.

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CRT glass processor hit with $120,000 fine

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 16:29
CRT glass processor hit with $120,000 fine

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 20, 2014

An Arizona plant operated by Pennsylvania-based Dlubak Glass has been hit with a $120,000 fine for improper storage and recycling of CRTs.

During a routine inspection of the company's Yuma, Arizona plant, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials discovered broken CRT glass "throughout the five-acre facility," an ADEQ press release states. Soil stains were also detected, with lead levels "as much as 75 times more than the maximum federal and state exceedance level of five milligrams per liter."

In court, the company agreed to pay the $120,000 fine and store all glass indoors in clearly marked containers. Soil cleanup has also been performed.

Yuma is also the site of a now-notorious CRT abandonment by Dow Management in 2013. Approximately 3,000 tons of glass were left behind by Dow and a "voluntary" cleanup process has been undertaken by the company's former suppliers, ADEQ told E-Scrap News.

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Chinese recycling demand may be starting to drop

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 16:27
Chinese recycling demand may be starting to drop

By Jerry Powell, E-Scrap News

March 20, 2014

Economic indicators point to a continuing decline in orders for recovered materials by Chinese companies. And with China being the second-largest economy in the world, this is affecting recycling markets in North America.

Recovered paper, plastic and metal shipments westbound to China are down about 5 percent or more in the past year. This has resulted in a global price weakness. For example, slower economic growth in China is a principal cause for market jitters in copper recycling industry. In mid-March prices dropped to their lowest level in two years. As a result, the value of copper has fallen about 10 percent this year. China is the global leader in copper use with a market share above 40 percent. The value of recovered aluminum also declined, but not as steeply as for copper.

Much of the slowdown in orders is due to a desire by China's central government to reduce growth volatility and to move the economy forward in a more sustainable manner. Government planners want the economy to improve by 7.5 percent this year, rather than the 10 percent or more seen in previous years.

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Certification scorecard from E-Scrap News

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 16:27
Certification scorecard

March 20, 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.

Commerce, California's eWaste Center, Inc. is now certified to R2: 2008 and ISO 14001 standards.

AccuShred NW of Gresham, Oregon; A Shred 2 Pieces of Irving, Texas; ATI SecureDocs of Houston; DeCycleIt! Inc. of St. Louis; Infoshred, Inc. of Cleveland; LeMay Mobile Shredding of Lacey, Washington; Office Paper Systems, Inc. of Gaithersburg, Maryland; Shred Alaska, Inc. of Anchorage, Alaska; Shred Tec LLC of Eureka, California; ShredYourDocs.com of Apple Valley, California; Tiger Shredding and Recycling LLC of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Viking Shred of West Sacramento, California; and West Michigan Document Shredding LLC of Jenison, Michigan have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Announcement: 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, 03/20/2014 - 16:25
NewsBits

March 20, 2014

According to officials in Michigan, the state collected more than 30 million pounds of material through its e-scrap program in 2013. That total means Michigan exceeded its goal of bringing in 3 pounds per resident.

Hawaii legislators are currently considering implementing an e-scrap collection bill that would require manufacturers to collect 50 percent of the volume they sell into the state each year. The Consumer Electronics Association is opposing the legislation, criticizing the proposed infrastructure and potential costs to manufacturers.

An e-scrap recovery facility is being proposed as part of a $600 million recycling complex that would span more than 60 acres in Chesapeake, Virginia. Vienna, Virginia-based eCycling USA is helping to spearhead the effort, which is still being considered by local officials.

Maryland's Baltimore County has banned the use of reverse vending machines for electronics collection in a move officials hope will curb theft of smartphones and other devices. The only company providing such services in the area is ecoATM, and a spokesman for the firm called the legislation misguided because it will only make thieves harder to track.


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PC and tablet shipments move in opposite directions

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:15
PC and tablet shipments move in opposite directions

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 7, 2014

After global shipments were down by a record 9.8 percent in 2013, PC shipments are expected to fall another 6 percent in 2014. Tablet shipments, which experienced phenomenal growth last year, are expected to increase by more than 19 percent in 2014.

Those are the short-term forecasts included in a pair of International Data Corporation (IDC) releases this week.

After worldwide PC shipments fell to 315.1 million units in 2013, 2014 shipments will fall yet again to 295.9 million units, IDC says.

Long-term predictions by IDC suggest PC shipments will continue to fall each year until 2018, when the growth is expected to be essentially neutral. Emerging markets, once the driver of PC shipments, will continue to struggle to compensate for eroding shipments in mature markets.

Taking a look at global tablet shipments in 2014, IDC anticipates 260.9 million units – including both traditional tablets and "two-in-one" hybrid tablets – will be shipped, representing a growth rate of 19.4 percent year-over-year. While clearly strong, tablet shipments were once expected to be slightly higher by IDC and won't be able to match 2013's ferocious growth rate of more than 50 percent.

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Closed Cincinnati firm leaves behind major CRT stockpile

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:11
Closed Cincinnati firm leaves behind major CRT stockpile

By Bobby Elliott and Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

March 7, 2014

E-scrap processor 2TRG has left behind significant tonnages of CRT glass as its former Cincinnati facility, several sources, including the Ohio EPA, have informed E-Scrap News.

After closing the doors to its 11093 Kenwood Road facility in Cincinnati last year, 2TRG, a former R2- and e-Stewards-certified processor, abandoned "tons upon tons of [CRT] glass" in Gaylord boxes, Global Environmental Services (GES) president Kenny Gravitt told E-Scrap News. Apparently unable to pay for downstream processing, 2TRG left at least 1,500 tons of the glass at the facility, Gravitt said.

Another processor who also toured the facility estimated there were upwards of 3,000 tons of intact and crushed CRT glass on-site.

While declining to confirm either estimate, the Ohio EPA did verify the existence of the glass at the former 2TRG facility. "Ohio EPA staff has visited the site," Dina Pierce, the state agency's media coordinator, told E-Scrap News. "Staff saw a large number of Gaylord boxes onsite containing various computer parts (not just CRT glass)."

State rules, according to Pierce and the Ohio EPA, hold both "the owner and operator responsible for appropriate management of CRT glass." With 2TRG no longer in business, the "property owner's representative told our inspectors he intends to take bids for a contract to remove the stockpiled computer materials, including the CRT glass," Pierce said.

Three processors, including GES, told E-Scrap News they had each entered a bid to take over the glass. One processor estimated a cleanup cost of roughly $600,000, while another suggested costs could easily exceed $1 million.

Attempts to contact the property owner and property manager were unsuccessful. Repeated attempts to reach former 2TRG executives, including CFO and founder Carol Weinstein, were unsuccessful.

Pierce told E-Scrap News the Ohio EPA "will monitor and follow up as needed to make sure any hazardous wastes at the site are properly managed and removed."

A number of 2TRG's assets were acquired in December of 2013 by the publicly traded firm E-Waste Systems (EWSI). An EWSI executive told E-Scrap News the acquisition excluded "anything that would have been a liability" and sources indicated 2TRG's CRT glass did not change hands in the deal.

While an increasing number of processors have indicated challenges moving CRTs downstream, 2TRG's alleged misconduct could represent one of the most surprising instances of a trusted and lauded firm unable to figure out how to address CRT management costs. The company had facilities in Geneva, New York and Louisville, Kentucky in addition to the Cincinnati location.

As reported in this publication, a handful of other e-scrap processors, including some in Arizona, Colorado and Maryland, have also left piles of CRTs in warehouses. However, in comparison with 2TRG, some of those firms were small, underfunded operations. 2TRG was a more sizable industry member. For instance, the firm was previously a member of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc., and the Cincinnati plant was certified under the industry's two hallmark standards, e-Stewards and R2.

Executives at 2TRG have previously stated the firm had annual revenues of more than $5 million annually and its three plants had a total footprint of more than 200,000 square feet.

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RERA introduced in Senate

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:10
RERA introduced in Senate

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 7, 2014

A polarizing piece of e-scrap export legislation has been introduced in the Senate.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, introduced the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act, or RERA, on Thursday. Mirroring companion legislation introduced last July in the House, the bill would outlaw U.S. exports of any electronics to developing countries.

The foremost advocate for the bill, the Coalition of American Electronics Recycling (CAER), which is comprised of more than 130 e-scrap companies, says the bill would promote the growth of domestic recycling efforts.

"RERA will increase exports of tested, working electronics and recycled commodities, which encourages economic development and job growth here in the U.S." Tim Kolbus, an executive at Arrow Electronics and member of the CAER steering committee, said in a press release.

Apple, Best Buy, Dell, HP and Samsung have come out in support of the export legislation, as have some major U.S. recycling companies, including Electronic Recyclers International, Sims Recycling Solutions and Waste Management Recycle America.

In response to the Senate legislation, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) issued a press release criticizing the measure as out of touch with the global recycling landscape. "Study after study shows the vast majority of used electronics collected for recycling within the U.S. remains in the U.S. for processing, and is not exported," stated Robin Wiener, ISRI's president.

In January John Shimkus, chairman of the Environment and the Economy subcommitte, announced the House version of the bill would not get a vote in 2014. That news was viewed by some as a victory for opponents of the measure, including ISRI.

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Federal government hints at e-scrap data disclosure

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:09
Federal government hints at e-scrap data disclosure

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

March 7, 2014

During a Congressional electronics recycling hearing last week, a government official said federal agencies may soon be required to publicly report how they are disposing of end-of-life electronics, a development that could have significant implications for the data-starved e-scrap industry.

The remarks came from Kevin Kampschroer, a senior sustainability officer at the U.S. General Services Agency (GSA), during a Senate committee meeting that aimed to develop ideas on how the federal government can more effectively recycle end-of-life electronics. The federal government is the nation's single largest generator of used electronics material.

"GSA, working with other federal agencies, is considering a policy that will include a requirement for agencies to submit data for all disposed electronics," Kampschroer said in testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. "This data, which could be publicly available on Data.gov, would provide greater transparency into federal agencies' performance against the goals of the [National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship]."

Though Kampschroer stopped short of outlining the specifics or timeline for such a policy, the mere mention of federal government e-scrap data caught the attention of industry leaders, including one e-scrap executive who was sitting across the room.

"If the federal government turns around and says, 'We disposed of a million tons or 2 million tons last year and here's what we did with it,' that would be a level of hard data no one has ever seen," said Steve Skurnac, who, as president of Sims Recycling Solutions, helped represent the e-scrap industry at the hearing. "I think every recycler and advocate for environmentally sound electronics recycling is going to be keen to see what those government reports look like when they finally come out."

Since 2012, federal agencies have followed a GSA policy that encourages reuse of electronics when possible and bans those items from landfills at end-of-life. The policy, which was crafted in response to an executive order from President Obama, directs agencies to route old electronics to e-scrap recycling firms certified to R2 or e-Stewards standards. But no formal process exists to check that the guidelines are actually being followed.

Skurnac, in fact, mentioned the need for more government e-scrap reporting in his own testimony. "The executive order has great intentions," he said in an interview this week with E-Scrap News. "But my comment was that we have no idea whether it's being followed or having any impact or not."

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E-scrap bust in China has U.S. connections

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:08
E-scrap bust in China has U.S. connections

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

March 7, 2014

Officials in China have discovered nearly 80,000 tons of e-scrap illegally imported from Europe, Japan and the U.S.

A Jan. 5 raid by more than 500 police officers in China resulted in the discovery and led to the arrests of alleged 54 gang members who helped orchestrate the smuggling. According to custom officials, the material had made its way from Europe, Japan and the U.S. "since 2013."

The find is being called the largest bust of illegal e-scrap in the country's history.

The issue of exporting used electronics has become an increasingly thorny subject in the U.S. A recent U.N. report suggested a mere 27,000 tons of e-scrap were exported by the U.S. in 2010, but that estimate was heavily criticized by the Basel Action Network and others.

Both the e-Stewards and R2 certifications require members to process electronics domestically and refrain from actions that could lead to "dumping" of toxic electronics and parts in developing countries.

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GES begins CRT operations

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:07
GES begins CRT operations

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

March 7, 2014

A new player in the CRT processing landscape has emerged to take on more of the market-challenged material.

Austin, Texas-based Global Environmental Services (GES) recently announced operations have begun at the company's Texas and Kentucky facilities to take and process the panel glass portion of CRTs. The announcement was first made in a company newsletter.

Kenny Gravitt, GES president, told E-Scrap News the company has been hard at work on the technology for more than three years, finally getting it operational in recent months.

"We're not here to cause problems, we're here to fix them," Gravitt said. "I cannot tell you how many millions of pounds of CRTs we've seen since [GES' founding in] 2008."

At GES' Texas and Kentucky operations, CRTs are separated and the panel glass is processed and turned into a substance "just like sand." Independent lab tests, according to Gravitt, have shown "how clean the glass is," making it suitable for "a variety of applications," such as road-striping and in building materials.

Gravitt says 35 tons of glass can be processed per day at each facility, with "most of the leaded glass" headed to Doe Run in Missouri. Doe Run is the only lead smelter in the U.S. taking CRT glass.

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Certification scorecard

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:06
Certification scorecard

March 7, 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.

ICT Asset Recovery of Malden, Massachusetts achieved OHSAS 18001 certification and renewed its R2 and ISO 14001 verifications.

Corrigan Record Storage of Novi, Michigan; Northwest Shredders LLC of Woodward, Oklahoma; Security Data Destruction, Inc. of Phoenix; Shred Confidential, Inc. of Anaheim, California; and Wasteco - Dixie Recycling Centre of Mississauga, Ontario have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Announcement: 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

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:03
NewsBits

March 7, 2014

According to the latest tablet figures, 62 percent of those devices now run the Android operating system. Apple's share has dropped from nearly 53 percent to 36 percent.

A San Francisco artist has proven e-scrap collection can lead to Jobs (as in Steve, the Apple founder). Collage specialist Jason Mecier used 20 pounds of scrap electronics to create a unique image of the iconic entrepreneur.

"Kill switch" legislation, which would mandate the anti-theft technology in mobile devices, has been introduced in both the House and Senate. The effort follows the introduction of a similar bill in the California legislature.

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E-scrap processors snared in Illinois Superfund site cleanup

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:01
E-scrap processors snared in Illinois Superfund site cleanup

By Jerry Powell, E-Scrap News

Feb. 28, 2014

Federal environmental officials have told executives at about 475 corporations and local governments they will need to help fund work designed to clean up the Chemetco Superfund site in southern Illinois. The list of firms is a who’s who of the U.S. non-ferrous processing and waste management industries, and it includes a number of prominent e-scrap recycling companies.

Chemetco operated a secondary copper smelter on a 41-acre site near Hartford, Illinois for 31 years. In 1996, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency spotted a partially hidden 10-inch pipe during an inspection and found that the pipe illegally discharged zinc oxide to a drainage ditch outside of the site.

The company eventually shut down in 2001 and filed for Chapter 7 federal bankruptcy court protection. After classifying the facility and land as a Superfund site, the U.S. EPA, as required by law, sought financial support for cleanup actions from the firms that had supplied scrap metal to the smelter. EPA is now forcing about 475 suppliers to pay for a remedial investigation study, though those suppliers have not been formally accused of knowingly partnering with a polluting company.

Among the affected parties are many scrap electronics processors, including Beacon Management, Computer Asset Management, Computer Scraper, Creative Recycling Systems, Dlubak Glass, Eagle Electronics & Metals Recycling, Global Electronic Recycling, Great Lakes Electronic Recycling, Hi-Tech Recycling, Interco Trading, Intercon Solutions, Midwest Computer Brokers, MRP Co., Wesbell Asset Recovery and Westech Recyclers.

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Industry innovators offered prime funding opportunity

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:00
Industry innovators offered prime funding opportunity

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Feb. 28, 2014

The deadline to submit proposals to compete in the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum is fast approaching.

Those interested in having their ideas considered for the Forum have until April 30 to submit proposals. The Forum is seeking the top proposals on how to advance recycling, including e-scrap processing or collection methods, improving recyclable quality and other areas. The individuals behind the top 10 ideas will be asked to present them to a panel of judges and an assembled audience of approximately 200 recycling professionals.

The second annual Recycling Innovators Forum is a competition to seek out the highest-return, most actionable innovations and is sponsored by Alcoa, the American Chemistry Council, Coca-Cola Recycling, Resource Recycling (the parent company of this publication) and Waste Management. The competition will be held on Sept. 15, the day before the start of the annual Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans, and will award two $20,000 prizes to the top two of the 10 Forum finalists.

For more information about competing in, or attending, this free event, visit www.recyclinginnovators.com.

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