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  • Itronics expands silver bullion production

    Itronics Inc., a diversified zinc fertilizer and silver producing green technology company, has started silver bullion production using e-scrap (ground up computer circuit boards) as a “cost reducing” precious metal bearing raw material.

  • Testing TVs for safe green screens

    To improve viewing pleasure, companies have developed television and tablet screens that include quantum dots to enhance brightness and color. Some quantum dots are made with potentially harmful metals, which could leach into the environment when the device is discarded.

  • Mineworx constructs e-waste processing facility

    Mineworx Technologies Ltd., formerly Iberian Minerals Ltd. disclosed the joint collaboration with EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. for the construction of an environmentally friendly, modular e-waste processing plant/facility.

  • The challenge of legislating e-waste recycling

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    E-waste is a growing issue in the U.S. As the volume of electronics and cordless devices increases, so does the amount of e-waste.

  • Association offers e-waste programs that give back

    The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) disclosed a new program that offers a safe and secure option for unwanted computer equipment with a strong focus on giving back to the community through technology donations.

  • Pennsylvania DEP denies Nulife Glass application for storage of discarded CRTs

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) disclosed the denial of a request for a variance submitted by Nulife Glass NY from classifying as a solid waste millions of pounds of processed or used cathode ray tubes (CRT) currently stored at warehouses in Pennsylvania.

  • State Electronics Challenge awarded

    The Green Electronics Council, managers of the EPEAT ecolabel, recently honored the State Electronics Challenge – a program of the Northeast Recycling Council – with its 2017 Sustainable Purchasing Visionary Award.

  • Computers and laptops needed for local charities

    Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), released a statement asking the public to consider donating their unwanted or retiring computer equipment to ERA so it may be refurbished for donation to numerous Canadian charities in need of computers.

  • Clean Earth acquires AERC Recycling Solutions

    Compass Diversified Holdings, an owner of middle market businesses, announced that its subsidiary, Clean Earth, Inc., has acquired AERC Recycling Solutions.

  • Sims Recycling achieves R2:2013 Certification at UK site

    Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a global provider of electronics recycling and IT asset disposition services, has achieved the Responsible Recycling (R2:2013) certification at the electronic waste (WEEE) recycling site in Stalybridge, U.K.

  • Big Lots Stores ordered to pay $3.5 million to settle hazardous waste civil lawsuit

    Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin, along with 34 District Attorney’s Offices and two City Attorney’s Offices across California, disclosed that a judge has ordered Ohio-based Big Lots Stores, Inc., and its subsidiary corporations, to pay $3.5 million in civil penalties and costs for environmental violations.

  • City Of Los Angeles partners with ERI for mail back program

    LA Sanitation, (LASAN) has officially launched the City of Los Angeles’ Electronics Recycling Mail Back Program, an online electronics recycling program in partnership with ERI, a recycler of electronic waste and a security focused hardware destruction company.

  • E-cycleNYC recycles ten million pounds of electronics

    The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. (ERI) and proactive manufacturers, announced that the City’s e-cycleNYC has collected and recycled more than 10 million lbs. of electronic waste from city residents.

  • Global protests push Samsung to recycle Galaxy Note 7

    At the end of March, Samsung officially published its plan to deal with the 4.3 million Galaxy Note 7 devices produced and recalled worldwide following battery faults. This major win comes after nearly five months of campaigning and global protests addressing the environmental impact of the recall.

  • Dell ships ocean plastics packaging

    Dell sent out the technology industry’s first shipment of ocean plastics packaging, the result of a commercial-scale pilot program.

  • Sims Recycling Solutions launches new subsidiary

    Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a provider of global IT asset disposition (ITAD) services, reported the startup of a new subsidiary, Converge Engineering LLC.

    Former engineering and technical director of SRS, Rafael Reveles, will lead Converge as president and aims to use his team’s industry experience to service the recycling industry as well as develop data destruction devices to better serve the security and IT asset disposition markets (ITAD).

    Converge is headquartered in Roseville, California and also has engineers located in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Baltimore, enabling Converge to provide fully-integrated solutions nationwide. Services offered include providing seamless engineering support from beginning to end including design, fabrication, installation and maintenance.

    Besides their core offerings of designing, building and enhancing electronics and metals recycling plants on a large scale, Converge will offer smaller recycling plants to accommodate low volume applications and smaller electronic products. All shredding systems designed by Converge consider safety and environmental performance.

    Converge Engineering’s diverse array of talents will incorporate consulting, system integration, 3D point cloud scanning and surveying, 3D drafting, mechanical engineering, electrical and controls design, UL508 control panel building, metal fabrication, and project management to offer a “one-stop shop.”

    Published in the April 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Advanced Technology receives WBE award

    Advanced Technology Recycling a nationwide company specializing in electronic asset disposition serving commercial business and government agencies has received official certification as a New York State Woman Business Enterprise.

    The awarding agency is New York State Division of Women’s Business Development.

    Published in the February 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Consumers recycle 14 million pounds of used batteries in 2016

    Call2Recycle, Inc. reported that consumers recycled a record setting 14 million pounds of batteries and cellphones in collections throughout the U.S. and Canada in 2016.

  • EPA recognizes electronics manufacturers and retailers

    Electronic products are a global economic driver, with supply chains reaching around the world. By designing with the environment in mind and through a lifecycle lens, the product can be made to be more readily repairable and reusable, while toxic materials can be designed out of the product, which extends product life and facilitates recycling.

  • Laptops recycled with donation to school system

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has donated 120 laptop computers to the Newport News School District as part of an ongoing effort to keep harmful electronics away from landfills and put them to productive use in schools.

  • Cell phone recycling revenue rises

    Due to rising use of smartphone technologies widening the base of phones available for recycling, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on cell phone recycling.

  • California Governor signs bill enabling CRT glass recycling

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill proposed by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) to enable the recycling of cathode ray tube (CRT) glass, found in now obsolete televisions and monitors.

  • Three ERI facilities now certified

    ERI, a recycler of electronic waste and a large cybersecurity focused hardware destruction company, has successfully achieved AAA certification for data destruction from the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) for its facilities in California, Indiana and Massachusetts.

  • A Closer Look | OCT 2016 Blue Star Recyclers with Andy O'Riley

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    ­­Blue Star Recylers in Colorado has an unusual pedigree compared to most other recycling companies.

  • Battery collection and recycling program reports 20 percent increase

    A record 7.3 million pounds of single use and rechargeable batteries recycled at the mid-year mark, an increase of 20 percent compared to the same time period last year, was reported by Call2Recycle, Inc., the first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization serving the U.S. and Canada.

  • ATR acquires ERS in Salt Lake City

    Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR) has acquired Electronic Recycling Solutions (ERS), based in Tooele, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.

  • ISRI updates paper and electronic plastic scrap specifications

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently disclosed new specifications published in the Scrap Specifications Circular 2016.

  • Companies are caught exporting electronic waste

    Basel Action Network (BAN), released a new report following a two year study that involved placing electronic GPS tracking devices into old hazardous electronic equipment such as printers and computer monitors, and then watching where they travelled across the globe.

  • Recycling electronics to help farmers eliminates e-waste

    After being paralyzed from the waist down, Russell Boseck of Villisca, Iowa, wasn’t sure he’d be able to work as a farmer again.

  • A Closer Look | AUG 2016 AccuShred LLC with Nate Segall

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    ­­“We refer to what we do as information destruction,” said Nick Segall, president of AccuShred LLC in Ohio. “While paper destruction is the lion’s share, we certainly do more than that.”

  • Organizations disapprove of electronics legislation

    In an unprecedented alliance of solidarity, five of Pennsylvania’s organizations have united in disapproval of CDRA and its proposed amendment, (HB1900 - Ross).

  • Altoona medical facility gets EPA recognition

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shared that the James E. Van Zandt Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania has been selected for a national Federal Green Challenge Award for its electronics recycling efforts.

  • Capitol Hill briefing highlights link between e-waste exports and security threats

    A Congressional briefing hosted by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) highlighted the need for trade policies addressing export of electronic waste (e-waste) that provides feedstock for electronic component counterfeiters based primarily in China.

  • DTE Energy continues appliance recycling program

    DTE Energy electric customers can save money by participating in its Appliance Recycling Program.

  • Samsung Electronics awarded

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) awarded Samsung Electronics America as the recipient of the 2016 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award for the use of environmentally-conscious materials and advanced recyclable design in its 2016 curved full HD TV.

  • Electronics recycling: An evolving industry

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    Here’s one thing we know: The core tenet of a successful electronics recycling business is minimizing total sourcing and processing costs while improving backend efficiencies and vendor relationships.

  • Schmidt joins Commonwealth Computer Recycling

    Mary Ann Schmidt has joined the business development team of Commonwealth Computer Recycling LLC (CCR). Schmidt will extend CCR’s geographic reach to Central Pennsylvania, where she has built a reputable client base over the last 10 years.

    Schmidt previously owned and operated a computer repair and e-waste collection business based in Seward, Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, CCR operates a DEP permitted and R2 certified recycling facility, and in 2014 opened a transfer station in Aston, Pennsylvania, in partnership with Elwyn Industries.

    Published in the March 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • EPA recognizes electronics manufacturers and retailers for management of used electronics

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized leading electronics manufacturers and retailers for their contributions in diverting electronics from landfills as part of the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge.

  • Craig joins R2 tech advisory committee

    Steve Craig, corporate compliance director for Technology Conservation Group, was appointed by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) to the R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and subsequent appointment to the R2 Consensus Body.

  • E-cycleNYC expands e-waste program

    The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) dis-closed that New York City’s e-cycleNYC (www.nyc.gov/ecycle) program is broadening its scope, and will expand the collection process beyond participating residential buildings.

  • Call2Recycle hits battery recycling collection record

    Atlanta based Call2Recycle, Inc., a company that manages battery and cellphone collection, reported that their collections increased 5 percent during 2015 to a record 12.6 million pounds. Enhanced awareness contributed to record-breaking battery collections in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Fortress Solutions achieves R2:2013 Certification

    Fortress Solutions has achieved the distinguished R2:2013 certification for its Leesburg, Florida location.

  • Sims offers data breach solution

    Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a provider of global IT asset disposal (ITAD) services, offered an informative white paper to acknowledge Data Privacy Day.

  • EPA honors LG Electronics with award in electronics recycling challenge

    LG Electronics USA was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the 2015 Gold Tier Award, the top-level recognition in the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Challenge.

  • Best Buy makes changes to its recycling program

    Best Buy will now charge customers $25 for each television and computer monitor they recycle at their stores. And in two states – Illinois and Pennsylvania – Best Buy will no longer recycle these particular products because of laws that prevent them from collecting fees.

  • Sunnking organizing 6th Annual e-Scrap for Camp

    Sunnking, New York State’s first R2 certified electronics recycler, in partnership with Camp Good Days and Special Times, has created a program entitled e-Scrap for Camp to turn old electronics into funds to help improve the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer.

  • ERA is looking for electronic donations for refugees

    The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), Calgary, Canada is requesting that the public consider donating older or unwanted computer equipment that may be refurbished for reuse by newcomers to Calgary.

  • Dynamic Recycling acquires assets of Minnesota Computers Corp.

    Dynamic Recycling, headquartered in Wisconsin, has acquired the assets of Minnesota Computers Corp.

  • EPA makes recommendations for additional improvements in electronics recycling

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a study assessing the implementation of the two third-party certification programs for electronic waste recyclers in the U.S.

  • Veolia and Covanta team up to help businesses recycle universal waste

    Covanta and Veolia have partnered to make Veolia’s RecyclePak® program available to assist in the ability to recycle universal wastes such as lamps, ballasts, batteries and other products that contain hazardous substances.

  • Fight for responsible electronics recycling continues unabated

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    The battle continues for electronic recyclers and lawmakers wanting to do the right thing – responsibly recycle e-waste.

  • Sims Recycling Solutions joins SERI as R2 leader

    Sims Recycling Solutions, a provider of global IT asset disposition (ITAD) services, is partnering with Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) as an R2 leader.

  • TechWaste now certified by EPA

    Southern California based TechWaste Recycling, LLC, an electronics recycler, has recently received Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2), ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Southern California facility.

  • Progress to electronics recycling threatened

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    Over the last decade or so there has been remarkable progress in recycling electronic devices, but e-waste recyclers are facing enormous challenges these days.

  • California electronics recycler charged with criminal trafficking

    According to court records from the Federal District Court in San Diego, Robert Erie, chief executive officer of E-World Recyclers, LLC of Vista, California was criminally indicted in December of 2014 by a Grand Jury for conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods, falsifying records and lying to the government.

  • Survey finds more U.S. residents plan to recycle batteries and electronics

    A new national survey commissioned by Call2Recycle, Inc. reports that approximately one-third (34 percent) of U.S. respondents suffer from “green guilt,” or the feeling that they could and should be doing more to help preserve the environment.

  • ISRI testifies in support of recyclers’ ability to unlock mobile devices

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), testified before the U.S. Copyright Office, a department of the Library of Congress, in support of exempting recyclers who engage in bulk “unlocking” of mobile phones from liability.

  • Sunnking Inc. acquires Coast 2 Coast Electronics Recycling

    Brockport, New York based Sunnking Incorporated has recently acquired Coast 2 Coast Electronics Recyclers of Erie Boulevard West in Syracuse, New York. Sunnking has been a leader in the electronics recycling industry since the company’s founding in 2000. R2 and Rios Certified, the EPA Quality Award winning company of 2013 now has a brick and mortar presence in the City of Syracuse to better serve the Central New York market and beyond.

    Coast 2 Coast has served the Syracuse community for many years providing pick up, data destruction and recycling of electronics.

    Sunnking is ready to build on the solid foundation Coast 2 Coast has established in the Syracuse market and beyond.

    Published in the July 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • EPA report shows advancements in e-recycling

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Facts and Figures report.

  • Nave receives responsible recycling certification

    Nave Communications, a subsidiary of ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc., has received Responsible Recycling (R2) certification, the highest industry standard for environmental responsibility and safety.

  • Verizon partners to recycle

    In 2010, Verizon set a goal to collect 2 million pounds – or 1,000 tons – of electronic waste in communities it serves by the end of 2015.

  • DEA Western Laboratory wins Federal Green Challenge award for electronics recycling

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld presented the Federal Green Challenge award to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Western Laboratory for increasing its electronics recycling more than any other federal agency in 2014.

  • China Quality Certification Centre first to join expanded EPEAT PRE network

    Following a multi-year pilot program with five global organizations, the Green Electronics Council expanded the network of EPEAT-approved PREs by qualifying the China Quality Certification Centre (CQC).

  • Gazelle launches platform for schools and nonprofits to raise money through e-recycling

    Gazelle, Inc., a buyer and reseller of pre-owned consumer electronics, launched Gazelle Storefronts to help schools, parent-teacher associations (PTAs) and other nonprofit organizations raise money through Gazelle’s electronics device trade-in program.

  • Over 20,000 lbs. of electronics recycled in San Marcos

    In April, the San Marcos community shed serious pounds at RecycleNow, an electronics recycling event hosted by Texas State University and R3 Recycling.

  • Call2Recycle to manage Vermont’s battery recycling

    Call2Recycle, Inc. has been selected by 11 initial companies to develop, implement and promote a mandated single-use battery recycling program in Vermont.

  • LG Electronics wins 2015 Design for Recycling Award

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) disclosed that LG Electronics, Inc. is the recipient of the 2015 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award for advanced new television products that emphasize recycling during every lifecycle phase.

  • Impact Recyclers forms network of certified recyclers

    In an effort to expand the national footprint of likeminded IT asset and electronic waste recyclers, Impact Recyclers launched a network of certified electronic recyclers, with operations in California, Colorado, Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota and New York.

  • Kyocera starts national phone recycling plan

    Kyocera Communications Inc. announced a nationwide cell phone ‘Take Back’ recycling program, free to consumers wishing to dispose of unused mobile phones of any brand.

  • R2 Certification upgrades made at Sims U.S. sites

    Sims Recycling Solutions, a provider of IT asset disposal services, upgraded their Responsible Recycling (R2) certification from R2:2008 to the latest R2:2013 standard.

  • New e-cycling model makes cybersecurity a top priority

    Every day it seems there are new reports of break-ins and theft of data from the most sophisticated and highly guarded computer systems. No government, business or individual is immune from these devious cyberthieves.

  • Partnerships created to benefit electronics recycling

    Michigan based 3S International, an electronics and lamp (light bulb) processor, said that it has formed strategic partnerships with regional and national recycling companies including IMS Electronics, Kuusakoski Recycling and Valley City Electronic Recycling as part of its growth plan.

  • Lenovo, Arizona DEQ join R2 recycling leaders program

    Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) has added both Lenovo and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to the R2 Leaders program.

  • Dell receives Keep America Beautiful Vision for America Award

    Keep America Beautiful (KAB) honored Michael Dell and Dell Inc. with the 2014 Vision for America Award.

  • Funding awarded to recycle e-waste along Mexican border

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding over $8.6 million in grants to fund environmental improvement projects along the U.S.–Mexico border.

  • Best Buy doubles recycling pledge

    At its corporate campus in Richfield, Minnesota, Best Buy celebrated the landmark achievement of one billion lbs. of e-waste recycled in 6 years by customers.

  • 1800Recycling.com partners with Call2Recycle for enhanced battery recycling

    1800Recycling.com, an interactive website dedicated to enhancing and democratizing the consumer recycling experience, has announced a new partnership with Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship program.

  • More big batteries enter recycling stream

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    When people think about big batteries, they usually think about lead-acid automotive batteries, but these are only one type of battery coming to scrap yards these days, like those from electric vehicles (EVs) and from backup storage arrays.

  • Equipment Spotlight | SEP 2014 Separation Systems

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    As the electronics market expands exponentially, more and more efforts are made to prevent discarded electronics from ending up in landfills.

  • Sims awards Unisys for e-waste recycling

    Sims Recycling Solutions presented an environmental award to Unisys to acknowledge their environmental efforts during the 2013 calendar year.

  • EPA and other agencies discuss sustainable electronics

    Leaders from the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), General Services Administration, and U.S. Postal Service, along with electronics industry stakeholders, held a meeting last August to discuss progress on the National Strategy on Electronics Stewardship and participation in the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) BlueEarth® Federal Recycling Program.

  • Johnson Controls reports higher revenues, operational improvements in 2014 Q3

    For the third quarter of fiscal 2014, Johnson Controls, Inc., a global multi-industrial company, reported net income from continuing operations of $238 million, or $0.35 per share, on $10.8 billion in revenues.

  • Flexible electronics market may reach $13.23 billion

    According to a new market research report the flexible electronics market is expected to reach $13.23 billion by 2020.

  • ISRI lauds permitting recyclers to unlock used cell phones for reuse

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) praised the passage of the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act that reinstates the exemption for recyclers and refurbishers to bulk unlock used cell phones for refurbishment and resale.

  • EU States to use TCO Certification when making IT purchases

    Earlier this year the EU Parliament adopted a new public procurement directive. The directive makes it easier for purchasing contracts – including those for information technology (IT) products – to include requirements for social and environmental responsibility from electronics manufacturers. Member countries have until 2016 to implement the new directive.

    The EU Parliament has signaled that social and environmental factors are now a priority in public purchasing. The use of relevant labels and certifications, such as TCO Certified, is encouraged, along with verification of product compliance. Buyers can now more easily take a sustainable, life cycle approach to the purchase of computers, smartphones and other electronics.

    Gabriella Blomgren, marketing director at TCO Development, stated. “[This directive] provides needed support for EU buyers wanting to make sustainable choices, with the help of labels and certifications.”

    Public purchasing in the EU is valued at 2000 billion Euros annually – approximately 20 percent of GDP. With the new directive, the public sector is now poised to make a significant contribution to sustainable development.

    IT products such as notebook computers, tablets and smartphones are linked to several sustainability challenges, including environmental hazards and poor working conditions in electronics manufacturing facilities.

    Blomgren concluded, “It’s important that buyers make their demands known to industry. When brands see there is a demand for sustainably, responsibly designed and made products, change for the better is more likely. TCO Certified offers manufacturers a way of making products that meet these new buyer demands and offers buyers a way of choosing the best products from a lifecycle cost perspective.”

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Staples Advantage partners with ERI for e-recycling service

    Staples Advantage, the business to business division of Staples, has launched a technology recycling service, making it easy for businesses to recycle old electronics.

  • Data Vista awarded R2 and ISO recycling certifications

    Data Vista disclosed that it has obtained Responsible Recycling (R2) certification. R2:2013 is the most current recycling standard, comprised of a set of processes recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a means to promote and ensure environmentally responsible practices for electronics recyclers. Concurrent with the R2 certification, Data Vista was also approved for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications. Collectively, the certifications address environmental, worker health, safety and security issues.

    The EPA encourages all electronics recyclers to become certified by demonstrating to an accredited, independent third-party auditor that they meet specific standards to safely recycle and manage electronics. Responsible electronics recycling provides these benefits:

    • Reducing environmental and human health impacts from improper recycling;
    • Increasing access to quality reusable and refurbished equipment to those in need; and,
    • Reducing energy use and other environmental impacts associated with mining and processing of virgin materials – conserving our limited natural resources.

    These programs advance best management practices and offer a way to assess the environmental, worker health and security practices of entities managing used electronics. The certifications utilize strong environmental standards to maximize reuse and recycling to safeguard human and environment health, institute no landfill practices, ensure downstream safe management of materials, and require secure destruction of data on used electronics. Once certified, the R2:2013 certified recycler is held to the particular standard by continual oversight by the independent accredited certifying body. A certification accreditation board accredits certifying bodies and oversees certifying bodies to ensure that they meet specific responsibilities and are competent to audit and provide certification.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • My Battery Recyclers to help New Yorkers recycle

    To help New Yorkers responsibly dispose of batteries and electronic waste, and ensure compliance with new laws in effect, My Battery Recyclers (MYBRS) has formally launched in Brooklyn.

  • Maryland company certified to remove data from hard drives

    “The days of smashing hard drives with a hammer are gone,” said Arleen Chafitz, chief executive officer of e-End, a Frederick, Maryland based firm specializing in secure data destruction and electronics recycling.

  • Model bill hints at future of battery recycling

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    A model for legislation that would require recycling of nearly all consumer batteries is in the works.

  • Transport standards for lithium batteries issued by DOT

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued new standards to strengthen safety conditions for the shipment of lithium cells and batteries.

  • Mauro Montanaro hired as general manager of APAC

    eRecyclingCorps (eRC) has hired Mauro Montanaro as managing director of APAC (Asia Pacific). Montanaro’s telecommunications experience in the Asia Pacific market will help guide eRC as the company continues to grow its global operations.

    Montanaro began his career at Nokia and rose to vice president of sales, multimedia and customer and market operations for South East Asia Pacific, where he managed a 44 member distributor network and 70,000 retailer points of sales networks across 14 countries. Montanaro  later became chief executive officer and president of Fox Mobile Group. Montanaro  held leadership positions at Microsoft and Newkia prior to joining eRC.

    Montanaro earned his law degree with honors from the Universita’ di Bologna, Italy and completed his MBA at the Helsinki School of Economics & Manchester Business School.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • 3S International names John Van Fossen president

    Mt. Pleasant, Michigan based 3S International, an electronics processor, has named John Van Fossen president and chief operating officer.

    As president and chief operating officer, Van Fossen will be responsible for overseeing the management and day-to-day operations of 3S International, along with driving the company’s growth and expansion strategy. With one facility already open and operational in Tinley Park, Illinois, 3S is actively seeking a second Midwest location. The company plans to open 6 to 10 facilities in the next 3 years.

    Van Fossen comes from a role as the director of government affairs at Barnes and Thornburg, where he represented 3S International as a client and helped guide the organization through the start-up process. Van Fossen’s background also includes serving as the director of government affairs for Clark Hill PLC, serving local governments in several regions throughout Michigan, and a role as chief of staff for Congressman Peter Hoekstra.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Recycling small mobile devices emerges as big business

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    As smart phones get smarter and smaller, they also get slimmer, more fragile and more prone to breaking. But most will become obsolete and be upgraded to newer, more powerful devices before they crack.

  • ERI names Kelly Thomas chief operating officer

    Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) disclosed that Kelly Thomas has been named its new chief operating officer. Thomas most recently served as senior vice president and general manager for Rolled Products North America at Aleris International Inc.

    Thomas spent 15 years in the aluminum industry progressing in her career through finance, treasury and commercial leadership into senior management responsible for business unit P&L oversight. Her tenure with Aleris also included roles as corporate treasurer and vice president of Metal Risk Management with roles in both Zurich Switzerland and Cleveland, Ohio.

    Prior to Aleris, Thomas held various management positions with Alcoa for 10 years, including global oversight of Alcoa’s commodities risk management function and senior commercial leadership for Alcoa Europe’s primary products division as vice president Alcoa Materials Management Europe. During her career with Alcoa, Thomas gained global exposure to Alcoa’s primary metals operations, working closely with staff in China, Brazil, Australia, Europe and Russia to drive better operational and commercial performance.

    ERI’s former chief operating officer, Tammy Shegerian, has been named chief revenue officer for ERI.

    Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News