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EPA convenes CRT meeting in Orlando

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:07
EPA convenes CRT meeting in Orlando

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Oct. 31, 2014

With CRT glass management remaining a major industry concern, the U.S. EPA recently held an open meeting to hash out some of the challenges faced by the industry and narrow down a list of potential actions.

After an invitation-only, multi-stakeholder (including CRT processors) meeting in Washington, D.C. last month resulted in a detailed “CRT Landscape” document as well as a list of pressing issues faced by the industry, representatives from the U.S. EPA held a follow-up meeting on Oct. 23, the last day of E-Scrap 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

A wide range of sector representatives were present at the afternoon session, including Eric Harris from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Walter Alcorn from the Consumer Electronics Association and Jason Linnell of the National Center for Electronics Recycling as well as state regulators, original equipment manufacturers and numerous processors.

The hour-long meeting was led in large part by the EPA’s CRT expert, Amanda Kohler, who was careful to stress from the get-go that the EPA would not be able to solve the CRT glass management issue alone.

“Some of these actions EPA will be involved in and some we will not be involved in,” Kohler told the packed room. “We need to coordinate a systems-wide approach.”

With that in mind, Kohler went through each issue identified during the Washington meeting in September, with attendees most vocal on the issues of stockpiling, enforcement and allowing an extended CRT stockpiling variance.

Simon Greer, whose company Nulife Glass is preparing to serve as a final outlet for leaded glass once it can install a furnace at its New York facility, suggested not enough was being down to prevent firms from simply amassing glass without the intent to recycle it.

“Enforcement looks like a toothless tiger,” Greer stated. “Make noise about it, please. It will discourage others [from stockpiling].”

Others chimed in on the stockpile and enforcement issue as well.

Maine’s Carole Cifrino, one of many state agency representatives on hand, reminded the room that “just because you don’t see something immediately doesn’t mean the states are doing nothing." Connecticut's Mark Latham added, "We haven't had a stockpiling issue, per se, in Connecticut."

Kohler, meanwhile, clarified that “states have the primary enforcement authority … but we can step in and be an authority as well." That was a noteworthy comment because in recent months, criticism has at times mounted against the federal EPA for lack of sufficient enforcement of its CRT rule.

The CRT rule, which requires firms to recycle at least 75 percent of glass stock every 12 months, also allows for a one-year variance, typically granted by states on a case-by-case basis.

During the September meeting, some attendees voiced support for increasing that variance for as many as two years and potentially even offering an industry-wide variance.

One notable opponent to the idea at the E-Scrap 2014 session, however, was ISRI's Harris, who argued such steps simply dodge the issue.

“We’re quite concerned about it," Harris said. "Of course, we all know what the state of the market is, but this notion of just giving everyone a variance … does nothing but just kick the can down the road."

Very few firms have thus far have opted to apply for even the one-year variance. According to comments from a Colorado state environmental specialist at the meeting, a dual-certified firm in that state has been granted a variance. The Colorado official, Derek Boer, did not provide the name of the company.

At meeting's end, the EPA asked audience members to vote on the five most important topics worth acting on. They selected topics:

-Consistently and effectively enforce the CRT rule and other regulations.

-Identify available recycling/recovery options and capacity and associated costs.

-Improve tracking of CRTs to ensure proper recycling (or disposal) of glass and to reduce use of "air pounds" to claim manufacturer credits.

-Work with R2 and e-Stewards to ensure compliance with the CRT rule, including speculative accumulation, as a means of maintaining certification.

-Provide guidance for those engaging in contracts with electronic recyclers to ensure proper downstream processing of CRT glass.

As for next steps, Kohler said, “We will take this information and provide some notes. We’re very interested in working with the people that are interested in working in these areas. … What’s important is the development of a strategy that includes all of the recycling community’s thoughts."

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Smartphones, tablets show Q3 growth

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:02
Smartphones, tablets show Q3 growth

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 31, 2014

Smartphone and tablet shipments worldwide continued to grow in the third quarter, new trade analysis shows.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), 327.6 million smartphones shipped during the third quarter of 2014. That figure is 25.2 percent higher than 2013 third-quarter shipments and 8.7 percent above 2014 second-quarter shipments.

"Despite rumors of a slowing market, smartphone shipments continue to see record-setting volumes," said Ryan Reith, program director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

Instrumental to the growth for the quarter were record-breaking shipments from the three smartphone makers behind leader Samsung and runner-up Apple. Xiaomi (up 211.3 percent), Lenovo (up 38.0 percent) and LG (up 39.8 percent) all had resounding third quarters compared with last year.

Similarly strong overall third-quarter numbers were released for global tablet shipments.

During the quarter, a total of 53.8 million tablets shipped, IDC says – up 11.5 percent compared with the same period in 2013 and 11.2 percent higher than last quarter’s showing. Apple continues to lead the tablet pack, with 22.8 percent of market share during the quarter, followed by Samsung (18.3 percent market share).

Despite slower tablet growth than last year, the new numbers suggest a strong U.S. demand for tablets, paired with back-to-school consumption, led to the high numbers.

The fourth quarter of 2014, however, may have the most to say about the state of smartphone and tablet markets. Major releases from Apple, with two new iPhone models and the iPad Air 2, and Samsung, with an update for its Note product, are likely to further push consumer upgrades around the world.


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Patent watch

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:00
Patent watch

Oct. 31, 2014

Patent Application No. 20140291210 was given to RSR Technologies, Inc. from Dallas, Texas, for a method of recycling batteries and other electrochemical cells.

Using acoustic tags for the tracking of electronic scrap is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140291387, awarded to Wilmington, Delaware's Empire Technology Development LLC.

A system and method for handling and processing scrap electronics is the subject of Patent Application No. 20140278244, awarded to ATC Logistics & Electronics, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Amesbury, Massachusetts' Greene Lyon Group, Inc. was given Patent Application No. 20140217157 for a method of removing chips from printed wiring boards using liquid heat media.

Patent Application No. 20140239098 was awarded to Tokyo-based Hitachi Metals Ltd. for a method of recycling rare earth-containing materials.

Seoul-based Korea Institute of Science and Technology was given Patent Application No. 20140264185 for a method of recycling lithium ion batteries.

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

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:57
Certification scorecard

Oct. 31, 2014

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

Accurate IT Services of Columbus, Ohio is now certified to the ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 standards.

Allshred Services of Maumee, Ohio and Goodwill Data SHIELD of Milwaukee 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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Computer refurbisher survey needs your responses

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:53
Computer refurbisher survey needs your responses

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 31, 2014

A survey seeking to garner a comprehensive look at the current landscape of the computer refurbisher industry needs your responses.

The anonymous survey – which can be accessed here – should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

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NewsBits

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:46
NewsBits

Oct. 31, 2014

An e-scrap recycling center has opened in one of the world's most notorious resting place for end-of-life electronics, Agbogbloshie, Ghana. A pilot effort launched through the Blacksmith Institute features four automated sorting lines to recover metals and plastics from electronics without needing to burn or disassemble them by hand, as has been the relied upon approach for years at Agbogbloshie's infamous e-scrap dumps.

Firms in Oklahoma are continuing to see more and more used electronics in need of end-of-life management. An article in the Oklahoma City-based Journal Record takes a look at two firms active in collecting material under the state's relatively new e-scrap recycling law, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges presented by the influx of reuse and recycling-ready gadgets. Read it here.

South Korea, faced with a rapidly increasing tide of its own e-scrap, has begun to mobilize and enhance its efforts to keep electronics out of landfills. With just about a fifth of electronics getting properly recycled nationwide, municipalities and major cities, such as Seoul, are beginning to offer collection and recycling services to help divert the devices.

 

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Export data, EPA conversation mark last day of E-Scrap 2014

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:52
Export data, EPA conversation mark last day of E-Scrap 2014

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 23, 2014

The final day at E-Scrap 2014 will feature a handful of must-see presentations and an open meeting hosted by the federal EPA that aims to help move forward the CRT recycling discussion.

Kicking off the day, two researchers who have extensively studied global e-scrap flows, Jaco Huisman, from the United Nations University, and T. Reed Miller, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will explain their recent findings and explore the topic of data collection in the e-scrap export sphere.

After the material flow session, the "Critical Materials Recovery" panel will bring together leaders from the rare earth recovery space. These executives will provide a window into the opportunities and challenges faced by the nascent industry, answering questions from the crowd on the future of rare earth recovery.

Leaders from the industry's two certification bodies, SERI (formerly R2) and e-Stewards, will present at the final session of E-Scrap 2014, offering updates on the certifications and even unveiling some changes too.

The day's presentations and trade show networking opportunities will be complemented by a meeting being held by representatives from the U.S. EPA. Those federal regulators have recently engaged in a dialogue with many industry stakeholders to better understand the scope and challenges defining the CRT collection and recycling landscape.

The EPA meeting, open to all conference attendees, will look to push forward that conversation. Officials will be unveiling an in-depth document they've put together that charts the North American CRT situation and lays out possible steps the agency and industry can take moving forward.

The EPA meeting begins at 1:00 p.m.

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Kuusakoski turns eye to CRT storage concept

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:49
Kuusakoski turns eye to CRT storage concept

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Oct. 23, 2014

A firm looking to establish itself as a final disposition option for CRT glass has announced it is exploring a glass-storage strategy that it hopes will garner support from certification bodies and state programs.

In a white paper unveiled at the E-Scrap 2014 conference, Kuusakoski U.S. says it is looking into adding a CRT glass storage site on the grounds of a solid waste landfill near Peoria, Illinois. The landfill, which is run and operated by Peoria Disposal Company, has been the site of Kuusakoski's CRT-to-alternative daily cover (ADC) operation for the past year.

Anssi Takala, the company's vice president, told E-Scrap News implementation of the storage plan is contingent on support from leaders of the e-Stewards certification, who currently do not consider the ADC method to be recycling.

While Kuusakoski will continue to spread treated, "stabilized" CRT funnel glass on top of the Peoria-operated Indian Creek Landfill, Takala told E-Scrap News the firm is operating at about 25 percent capacity. Kuusakoski had hoped to annually process about 50,000 tons of CRT glass as ADC – a number that would make the project the largest consumer of U.S. glass next to India's Videocon – but is on pace to process just over 12,000 tons this year.

The storage idea, which has been discussed as a CRT option by other industry players in recent years, would store glass in a closed-off cell, and the material would remain there until more recycling options come on-line. The company says the operation would be able to hold at least 100,000 tons of glass and have the option of expanding.

Takala said storing glass at "the mineable cell" would not lower Kuusakoski's costs, and added that Kuusakoski would remove glass from the cell and send it downstream "to whoever has the technology to recover the lead."  It is somewhat unclear who will pay to send glass downstream in that event.

All existing and emerging CRT options rely on business models in which they charge to take glass on.

Kuusakoski's ADC approach, which aims to freeze the lead within the glass, has had trouble gaining support from state programs and certification bodies. With the exception of Illinois and Vermont, state electronics recycling programs are not counting the ADC option toward OEM recycling obligations, and certification bodies R2 and e-Stewards have echoed that judgment, a point that is brought up in the recent white paper.

The federal EPA last month also issued a clarification on its stance on the ADC method, referring to it as disposal, but not recycling.

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Chiefs of prominent processors break down the industry

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:47
Chiefs of prominent processors break down the industry

By Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

Oct. 23, 2014

The opening session at E-Scrap 2014 brought together five major e-scrap decision-makers, and together they offered a cautiously optimistic view of the future of electronics recycling.

The panel discussion was moderated by E-Scrap News founder Jerry Powell and featured leading executives at five materials processing companies – Dag Adamson of LifeSpan Technology, Cindy Erie of E-World Online, Neil Peters-Michaud of Cascade Asset Management, John Shegerian of Electronic Recyclers International and Steve Skurnac of Sims Recycling Solutions.

The conversation covered a wide range of topics, a fact that itself illustrates the challenging market e-scrap recycling firms currently face. Pressing concerns such as form factor shifts and CRT cost considerations were brought up, but so were less-prominent topics like the processing implications from the move toward cloud computing and the bring-your-own-device trend in the corporate world.

On the CRT topic, Shegerian was clear that from his vantage point, the leaded glass issue is no longer something to push down the road. "The problem is here now," he said, adding that the industry has little time for "Field of Dreams" technologies that put forth promises of handling glass sometime in the future.

The panel also noted the importance of getting systems in place to handle flat panel displays, the technology that replaced CRT TVs and monitors and which could pose disposition challenges of their own.

"We need to be careful to look at it as another possible environmental harm issue," Peters-Michaud said in reference to flat panels. He said he had been on tours of several facilities where employees had broken the fluorescent lamps inside the displays.

Still, the word "opportunity" came up often, even in the midst of talk of tight margins and fast business evolution.

The session started with the panelists talking about how their business models had changed in recent years. And Skurnac noted chances for growth at a global level are particularly ripe as the world's largest companies look to streamline their asset disposal. "There's a crying demand for global services," the Sims leader said. "They don't want 50 different recyclers."

Even on the CRT front, the executives held out hope for better times ahead.

"I believe we're closer to getting more markets for the material," said Erie.

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International Computer Refurbisher Summit heads to Denver

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:44
International Computer Refurbisher Summit heads to Denver

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 23, 2014

The Mile High City will play host to the 11th annual International Computer Refurbisher Summit next month.

Taking place Nov. 11-12 at the Westin Denver Downtown, the Summit will bring together leaders from the global computer refurbishment and recycling space to address the most pressing issues facing the industry today. A Microsoft Imaging Training Class will headline pre-conference events on Nov. 10, a day that will also feature a Right to Repair group meet up and an R2/RIOS crash course on getting certified, while International Computer Refurbisher Summit (ICRS) presentations will cover the full gamut of topics, challenges and opportunities facing the refurb space.

To find out more, head to the ICRS website.

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Patent watch

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:43
Patent watch

Oct. 23, 2014

Patent No. 8,855,809 was given to Bedford, Massachusetts' Spectramet, LLC for a X-Ray fluorescence sortation device.

A novel method of lithium battery recycling was discovered by Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha from Kobe, Japan and awarded Patent No. 8,858,677.

Recovering precious metals from crushed printed wiring board is the subject of Patent No. 8,800,775, given to Terra Nova from Isbergues, France.

Patent No. 8,802,040 was given to Tokyo, Japan's Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. for a method for extracting and separating light rare earth elements from electronic scrap.

Gleisdorf, Austria's Binder + Co AG was awarded Patent No. 8,803,020 for a method and apparatus for sorting leaded CRT glass from a mixed glass stream.

Patent No. 8,807,189 was given to Wilmington, Delaware's Empire Technology Development LLC for a method of removing and segregating components from printed circuit boards.

Ontario, California's Raw Materials Company Inc. described a method of recovering materials from sealed batteries, the subject of Patent No. 8,807,466.

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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E-Scrap 2015: Save the Date

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:40
E-Scrap 2015: Save the Date

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 23, 2014

The premier gathering for North America's e-scrap collectors, processors and recycling firms is set for Sept. 1-3 in Orlando, Florida.

The conference, which this year set a record with more than 1,400 attendees, will again bring together the who's-who of the electronics recycling industry under one roof. Whether you're new to the industry or at the helm of an operation, E-Scrap 2015 will offer unsurpassed business opportunities.

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


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Ambassador initiative connects students to e-scrap export market

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:31
Ambassador initiative connects students to e-scrap export market

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

A U.S. electronics recycling group recently launched an internship program for college students interested in traveling abroad to gain a better understanding of what's happening to the world's exported e-scrap.

"The Ambassador Program," spearheaded by the Fair Trade Recycling (FTR) group – formerly known as WR3A – will send students to Africa, Asia and Latin America to meet with buyers of overseas used electronics and "find out what's being dumped (if anything) and negotiate improvements (if necessary)," according to FTR's founder, Robin Ingenthron. Applications for the program are now being accepted.

U.S.-based companies can also become involved by nominating overseas buyers and reuse and recycling facilities for a visit by one of the ambassadors.

Ingenthron, who also runs Vermont-based Good Point Recycling, has been a longtime advocate for exports of reuse- and repair-ready electronics. He is currently leading a campaign to free Joseph Benson, a Nigerian man who had lived in England and was imprisoned for illegally exporting electronics to Africa.

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E-Scrap 2014 off to a lively start

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:30
E-Scrap 2014 off to a lively start

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

Extended trade show hours brought hundreds of attendees to the early opening of E-Scrap 2014, now under way at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.

The 12th annual E-Scrap Conference opened, as it has in years passed, with a bevy of workshops and informational activities, many of which were sold out and standing-room-only. The informational sessions were hosted by the conference and put on by the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC), e-Stewards, Greeneye Partners, ISRI's Electronics Recycling Education Program and SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International).

In the afternoon, the opening of the trade show found attendees walking a busy exhibition floor with over 120 exhibitors showing off their wares and services. The trade show hours were extended for this year's conference to give attendees and exhibitors more face-to-face time with current and potential partners and customers.

Also during the afternoon trade show opening, iFixit's Kyle Wiens and Scott Dingle did a live tear-down of a Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s outside the exhibit hall, demonstrating the "repair" of the three r's for crowds of e-scrappers.

Following the trade show opening, ISRI held its annual welcome reception, which saw hundreds of attendees rubbing elbows and enjoying the warm Orlando evening.

The sessions for E-Scrap 2014 begin this morning at 8:30 a.m. with an insightful view of the issues facing the electronics recycling industry from the perspective of the executives that head the leading firms of the business.

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BAN-backed Marketplace makes its debut

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:26
BAN-backed Marketplace makes its debut

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

The leaders of the e-Stewards certification today unveiled an online tool that aims to push more material through certified firms.

Going live today, e-Stewards Marketplace functions as a virtual exchange for e-scrap. Firms certified to the e-Stewards standard can use the tool to buy and sell e-scrap, with non-certified firms allowed to sell material as well.

The Marketplace website was developed through a partnership with Seattle-based tech firm Retrace and, according to BAN, companies such as LG Electronics and the data protection services firm Tabernus "have all expressed their intent to use the site for their electronic asset disposition and services."

The site could also help non-certified and small to mid-level firms seeking to use certified downstream companies and IT service companies.

"At last, businesses everywhere can sell obsolete electronics at the best price, driving a triple bottom line – enhancing profits, sustainability and social justice," said Jim Puckett, executive director of the Basel Action Network, the group that administers the e-Stewards standard.

The launch coincided with the opening of E-Scrap 2014, where Puckett will deliver a presentation, in part, about the Marketplace platform on Thursday. BAN also recently released an app, which allows users to track the measurable environmental impacts of sending electronics to e-Stewards firms for recycling or reuse.

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Documentary shows global scope of illegal e-scrap shipments

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:20
Documentary shows global scope of illegal e-scrap shipments

By Dan Leif and Dylan de Thomas, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

A documentary film exploring the complex underbelly of electronics recycling made its U.S. premiere last night during E-Scrap 2014.

"The E-Waste Tragedy," written and directed by filmmaker Cosima Dannoritzer, in many ways mirrors the angle of a well-known "60 Minutes" segment on illegal dumping of electronics that aired on CBS in 2008. Both depictions of the e-scrap sphere highlight instances of used devices flowing from the hands of unsuspecting consumers in developed nations to the feet of impoverished citizens of Ghana, China and other nations where material is ultimately dismantled in crude conditions.

However, while the "60 Minutes" look focused mainly on U.S.-generated material (and helped spark a public outcry over the electronics processing stream), Dannoritzer's film aims to cover the topic at a deeper, global level.

"The E-Waste Tragedy" tags along on the efforts made by a number of individuals trying to uncover the perpetrators and factors pushing forward the illegal electronic scrap trade. Viewers learn about the reporting of a journalist from Ghana who finds material from the U.K. in one of the infamous dumps near Accra, Ghana and heads to the British offices where the computer parts were once used to try to find how they made their way to Africa.

Also given screen time (and sympathy): a group of Spanish activists who tag different types of WEEE and follow it through the nation's recycling system; a Chinese Greenpeace representative trying to untangle the movement of material through Hong Kong; and Jim Puckett, founder of the Basel Action Network, who voices a particularly strong criticism of the U.S. government's strategy to dispose of its own electronic material.

Through those perspectives and others, the film investigates the unscrupulous hands material from the U.S. and Europe can go through even after its been collected via government-sanctioned systems. It becomes clear to the viewer that part of the problem stems from a lack of funding for inspection and enforcement (in Hong Kong, Dannoritzer states, 36,000 e-scrap containers are imported annually while only 40 are deemed illegal and sent back).

Dannoritzer also directed the 2010 documentary "The Light Bulb Conspiracy," a critical history of planned obsolescence in the consumer electronics industry. And to industry professionals steeped in the nuances of the realities of global e-scrap, her latest effort may feel slightly loaded. For example, the issue of demand for used electronics in developing nations (and the refurb market's efforts to supply it) is touched on only briefly near the end of the movie.

The film also conveys a notion that most, if not all, end-of-life-electronics management in developing countries comes in the smoky, sludge-filled pits we've come to associate with the names Guyiu and Agbogbloshie. But a deepening pool of reporting over the past several years has begun to illustrate a more nuanced processing situation. Bloomberg's Adam Minter and others have described modern facilities with well-trained workers that are helping nations like China and India get a grip on their electronics recycling while also driving local economies forward.

Still, "The E-Waste Tragedy" makes it clear the crude dumping grounds continue to exist and some of the material in them comes from countries that say they have infrastructures in place to avoid improper disposal.

The movie ultimately traces the problem back to consumer culture itself. Roughly 50 million flat panel TVs were sold a year ago, Dannoritzer notes, and the mobile market continues to evolve and expand. Recycling efforts surely continue to develop in the U.S. and other wealthy nations, but according to the argument put forth in the movie, more steps also need to be taken to control the illegal trade that for decades has existed beside legitimate global shipments of electronic material.

The screening at the E-Scrap Conference was followed by a Q-and-A with Puckett, Kyle Wiens of online repair community iFixIt and Total Reclaim co-owner Craig Lorch. All three were featured in the film.

Many questions were raised by the audience following the screening, with a pair of comments coming from individuals with ties to developing nations.  Eric Prempeh, a Ghanan national studying at Georgia Tech, called on the media to offer a more nuanced look at the repair and reuse communities in his home country.  "In this film, I saw everything depicted as junk in Agbogbloshie, but I know that much of what comes into the country works when it gets there."

Two electronics recyclers from Egypt, Ehab and Omar Mostafa, called for increased investment and support for recyclers in the developing world, something that all on the panel – Lorch, Puckett and Wiens – agreed was necessary.

The 86-minute film, at press time, does not have wide U.S. distribution yet, but it is scheduled to appear Oct. 26 at the UNAFF International Film Festival in Palo Alto, California. It was initially released in Germany in May.

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Logistics giant signs on as R2 Leader

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:12
Logistics giant signs on as R2 Leader

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

Transportation and logistics provider OneSource Freight has joined the R2 Leader program.

Tempe, Arizona-based OneSource is the 14th company or organization to join the initiative since the effort launched earlier this year. R2 Leaders effectively pledge to go through R2 firms whenever possible for downstream recycling services. The program also holds members responsible for playing an active role in developing and funding projects led by SERI, the group that administers the R2 standard.

"OneSource Freight has been a consistent supporter of the R2 Standard since its development in 2008, and provided guidance in the drafting of Provision 12 of the R2:2013 Standard, covering transport of recyclable electronics," a SERI press release stated. "One Source Freight has designed its reverse logistics and supply chain management solutions to prioritize adherence to the R2 Standard."

The other entities in the R2 Leader program are: DIRECTV, Goodwill Industries International, Greeneye Partners, Keep America Beautiful, Microsoft, Oracle, Panasonic, Recycle Across America, Reverse Logistics Sustainability Council, Sony America, SourceAmerica, Wistron Corporation and Xerox.



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EWSI reveals latest partner

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:10
EWSI reveals latest partner

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

After a relatively quiet summer, an e-scrap firm with a history of dealmaking has announced another partnership.

E-Waste Systems (EWSI), the publicly traded firm with U.S. operational hubs in California, Ohio and New York, announced on Oct. 10 that a "teaming agreement" had been reached with the U.K. firm S2S Electronics. Details of the partnership remain vague, but EWSI says the move will allow the firms to "collaborate jointly on reverse logistic operations in the U.K. and all of Europe."

"This is going to be another milestone in our business plan, giving EWSI a footprint in Europe and expanding our branded operations," EWSI CEO Martin Nielson stated in a release.

The announcement comes after a summer during which EWSI's share price plummeted to record lows. In January, shares of EWSI climbed above 5 cents soon after the company made claims that 2013 revenues would exceed $12 million. Revenues for the year, consequent filings with the SEC showed, totaled less than $1 million, and the stock has fallen steeply – the current share price of EWSI is one one-hundredth of a penny ($0.0001).

This past June, E-Scrap News ran an in-depth look at the company and its financial performance to date. Read it here.

The company has authorized a total of 6 billion shares, with 1.5 billion added Sept. 29 and another 3 billion added Oct. 3. About 426 million of those shares are outstanding.

EWSI's new partner, S2S, is based in Rothertham and has been a registered corporation since 1987. S2S' CEO Alan Dukinfield did not return a request for comment.

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Certification scorecard

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:09
Certification scorecard

Oct. 22, 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.

Seattle's 3R Technology is now certified to ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013.

All Green Recycling, Inc. of New Brunswick, New Jersey is now certified to the R2:2013 and RIOS standards.

All Points Mobile Shredding of Stuart, Florida; Best Shredding (Div/Best Service Pros) of Calgary, Alberta; DeCycleIt! Inc. of St. Louis; Professional Records & Info Management of San Juan, Puerto Rico; RecordsPro / Shredmonkey of Indianapolis; and Secure Document Solutions of Independence, Missouri have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, LifeSpan International Inc. of Denver; LifeSpan International Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska and LifeSpan International Inc. of Tampa, Florida have renewed their NAID Certifications for Computer Hard Drive Sanitization and Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

E-Scrap News has added OHSAS 18001 and NAID AAA into its certification directory, as well as moved the directory online. If your firm recently completed these certifications, a CHWMEG audit or an ISO 9001, ISO 14001, R2, RIOS or e-Stewards certification, e-mail dleif@resource-recycling.com to be included in this section and in E-Scrap News' directory. The full directory is available at www.tinyurl.com/Certified-E-scrap.

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E-Scrap 2015 Save the Date

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:37
E-Scrap 2015: Save the Date

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Oct. 22, 2014

The premier gathering for North America's e-scrap collectors, processors and recycling firms is set for Sept. 1-3 in Orlando, Florida.

The conference, which this year set a record with more than 1,300 attendees, will again bring together the who's who of the electronics recycling industry under one roof. Whether you're new to the industry or at the helm of an operation, E-Scrap 2015 will offer unsurpassed business opportunities.

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


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