E-Scrap News Magazine: Certification scorecard

Certification scorecard

Sept. 30, 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.

ZRG LLC of Carlsbad, California is now certified to the R2:2013 and RIOS standards.

EnviroShred NW of Portland, Oregon; Proshred Security of Albany, New York; Shred Guard (serving Atlantic Canada) of Saint John, New Brunswick; Shredall Ltd. of Nottingham, England; and Shred Doc Destr dba Balcones Shred of Austin, Texas have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

Also, EPC’s E-Scrap Processing Center of Earth City, Missouri has renewed their NAID Certification for Computer Hard Drive Sanitization as well as 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 http://ift.tt/1i3Gs2Y.

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E-Scrap News Magazine: E-Scrap 2014: Connect with all the key vendors

E-Scrap 2014: Connect with all the key vendors

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Sept. 30, 2014

The bustling trade show hall at E-Scrap 2014 will feature more than 100 leading industry companies that can take your business to new levels. And by connecting with potential partners and suppliers in one spot, you save valuable time and resources.

Exhibiting companies include electronics scrap processors, buyers and brokers, equipment manufacturers, waste haulers, industry trade associations and more. In addition, the trade show at E-Scrap 2014 will open a day earlier than in years past. The hall will open Tuesday, Oct. 21, and hours that initial day will be 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The hall will also be open for all your networking needs on Wednesday, Oct. 22 and Thursday, Oct. 23.

E-Scrap 2014 will be held Oct. 21-23 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. The 2013 edition saw more than 1,300 attendees and 125 exhibiting companies, so plan now to secure your spot at this fall’s conference. Get all the latest information at e-scrapconference.com.


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E-Scrap News Magazine: NewsBits

NewsBits

Sept. 30, 2014

Newfoundland and Labrador’s newly installed e-scrap program recently faced criticism after an 2013 annual report detailed a surplus of more than $1.7 million in the consumer-funded initiative. Program director Terry Green has responded to the heat by telling local news outlet VOCM that the program, which launched in August of 2013, is just beginning to gain steam this year, with funds directly feeding that increased recycling activity.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) this week posted a blog entry outlining some of the work the federal agency has done assessing the potential hazards at e-scrap facilities across the country. NIOSH representatives found possible overexposure to lead and cadmium among workers handling CRT de-manufacturing as well as toxic metals existing outside typical processing areas. The blog post follows a more formal report on e-scrap processing hazards NIOSH released this summer.

With its share price now at just a fraction of a penny, publicly traded E-Waste Systems has doubled its share count. The firm, which offers e-scrap processing in Ohio and New York, now has authorized a total of 3 billion common stock shares after adding 1.5 billion late last week. At press time, about 426 million shares are outstanding, leaving more than 2.5 billion up for grabs.

SERI, the housing body for the R2 environmental e-scrap recycling standard, recently announced two new members to its R2 Recycling Leader Program: Oracle and the Reverse Logistics Sustainability Council. Entities in the Leader Program make a commitment to support sustainable electronics recycling as well as consider R2 certification when choosing a recycling partner.

Asserting that "additional action is needed" on e-scrap exports, defense and computer technology experts wrote an op-ed published in Capitol Hill news source Roll Call. The article urges federal legislators to address the problem of used e-scrap parts ending up in ostensibly new defense machinery and weapons. The three writers of the op-ed — Henry Livingston, Tom Sharpe and Jim Burger — offered a similar viewpoint earlier this year at Congressional briefing.

Video game company Warpspeed has become an e-Stewards enterprise. The move is being framed by e-Stewards and Warpspeed as a first step toward getting the gaming industry on board to drive e-scrap recycling. "The video game industry has an opportunity to lead a critical cultural shift with respect to the replacement and proper handling of used electronics," writes Lou Raiola, Founder and CEO of WarpSpeed, in the announcement. "E-Stewards is the best in class certification to ensure that e-waste is recycled ethically by responsible certified recyclers."

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E-waste Recycling – A Laymans Guide to Electronics Disposal

The life span of consumer electronics is about 2-3 years. Whether it’s the latest mobile phone, a new computer, or upgrading the TV, electronics are disposable life-accessories that come and go. Unfortunately, there’s no Island of Misfit Toys for them to go to and live out their golden years. A lot of those old electronics wind up in landfills, at home and abroad. What you may not know is that many of the components of our devices contain toxic heavy metals like mercury, lead, and cadmium. If not properly disposed of, those chemicals build up overtime making their way into the soil and water supply. The Growth of E-Waste Estimates vary, but experts expect e-waste to grow 1/3 by 2017, and we only recycle about 30% of all e-waste. In 2012, the US alone produced 3.412 million metric tons of e-waste and only about 1 million metric tons getting recycled. The good news is that e-waste recycling is on the rise growing from from 10% in 2000, to 29.2% in 2012. Helping that trend are the states that have … Continued

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