2011 Session Descriptions


Plenary Session I
Critical Trends in the E-Scrap Industry

2011 Electronics Recycling Industry Survey.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) asked well-known International Data Corporation (IDC) to conduct a study of how and how much U.S. companies recycle electronics. Preliminary findings were revealed in April and Eric Harris (ISRI) presents breaking updates and additional data in this presentation.- Eric Harris, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
The Buck Stops at IT Asset Disposition.
The IT asset disposition (ITAD) sector continues to explode in size, services offered and importance. Simultaneously, its real and material risks – financial, security, and environmental – are making the careful choice of disposition vendors and services an executive priority. Leading analyst Rob Schafer (Gartner Research) offers a comprehensive analysis of timely ITAD issues.- Rob Schafer, Gartner Research
Consolidation Trends.
Mergers and acquisitions are a hot topic this year in the rapidly-evolving e-cycling market. Large corporations and small processors are all concerned about financial and operational stability, particularly as the trend towards “one-stop” processors grows. A senior investment banker at Canaccord, Dan Coyne, will elaborate on the big-picture consolidation trends in the e-cycling industry.- Dan Coyne, Canaccord Genuity

Plenary Session II
Charting a New Course: The Evolution of WEEE

Understanding the Important Implications of WEEELABEX.
In April, the General Assembly of the WEEE Forum, speaking for 39 e-waste producer responsibility organizations in Europe, adopted the first comprehensive, continental and coherent set of standards on collection, storage, handling, transport, preparation for re-use and treatment of e-waste (WEEELABEX). In addition to touching on the basic principles of governance, Pascal Leroy will focus on the milestones, global repercussions, scope of standards, and conformity verification of the WEEELABEX project. - Pascal Leroy, WEEE Forum
Change is Ahead for the WEEE Directive.
With major changes in the works for the WEEE Directive, we’ve invited Kurt Van der Herten (IBM) to offer a comprehensive and balanced assessment of the WEEE recast effort. - Kurt Van der Herten, IBM INVITED
Doing the Job Right.
How will the WEEE recast and WEELABEX standards affect a compliance scheme from an operational standpoint? CEO of Ecolec, José Ramón Carbajosa, offers a practical and thorough analysis of the hands-on issues affecting producer responsibility systems such as risk management, efficient logistics and treatment through standardization.- Jose Ramon Carbajosa, Ecolec

Concurrent Session A
Compelling Research Findings

E-scrap Processors Tell the Blunt Truth.
Electronics recycling is rapidly evolving and the issues facing e-scrap processors are growing increasingly more complex. Covering certification, legislation, refurbishment and both environmental and financial sustainability, the fifth year of data collection in E-Scrap News' survey of e-scrap processors reveals fascinating trends about the direction of the industry.- Henry Leineweber, E-Scrap News, Inc.
What Do the Numbers Show on Transboundary Flows?
Although e-scrap exporting is a contentious issue, how does one make an informed judgment with so little data? Jason Linnell, Executive Director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER), describes the path to finding a scientific and balanced perspective to the issue of transboundary flows of used electronics based on collaborative research by NCER and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the United Nations Solving the E-Waste Problem initiative.- Jason Linnell, National Center for Electronics Recycling
Collections: Picking Up on the Need for Best Practices.
As the direct interface with consumers dropping off their e-scrap and as a major point of decision-making for what’s collected, collectors serve an integral role in all e-scrap programs. Executive Director of the Northeast Recycling Council, Lynn Rubinstein, offers a critical overview of how best practices and strategies developed by the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse can be incorporated into e-scrap collection programs.- Lynn Rubinstein, Northeast Recycling Council

Concurrent Session B
On the Cutting Edge of E-Scrap Processing

Liquidating Your Assets - What Can We Do With LCDs?
LCDs are one of the fastest growing sources of e-waste in the European Union. Although the WEEE Directive maintains that LCDs must receive special treatment, at present there are no commercially-viable, environmentally-friendly solutions for recovery. Presented are the results of a three-year research and development project that assessed the viability of recovering valuable material from waste LCD panels. - Ian Holmes, Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network
New Recycling Visions
This presentation will address how various advanced sortation technologies can be utilized to recover metals, glass and plastics from mixed material streams to create commodity grade materials. Tom Valerio, co-founder of MTD, will discuss MTD’s, SGM’s, and Synergy’s efforts in developing and implementing environmentally sustainable plants for recycling consumer electronics into commodities for future products. - Tom Valerio, MTD
Innovation On The Run - Mobile Hydrometallurgy
For two years the HydroWEEE project has developed a mobile plant using hydrometallurgical processes to extract metals like Copper, Manganese, Zinc, Yttrium, Indium and others in a high purity (above 95%) so that they can be directly used by end-users for electroplating and other applications. By making this plant mobile several SMEs can benefit from the same plant at different times, thereby limiting the necessary quantities of waste as well as investments. Learn about the fascinating HydroWEEE project in this compelling presentation. - Bernd Kopacek, Austrian Society for Systems Engineering and Automation

Concurrent Session C
The Current Regulatory Landscape in North and South America

E-Scrap Trends in Latin America.
The status of e-scrap regulations in Europe and the U.S. is often discussed, but much less is known about what's happening in Latin America. Ricardo Gonzalez Llera (IBM) will offer a critical overview of the current and projected regulations in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.- Ricardo Gonzalez Llera, IBM
National Electronics Strategy.
Implementation of the National Strategy for Electronics lays the groundwork for improving the design of electronic products and enhancing the management of used or discarded electronics in the United States. Learn more about what this means from a key U.S. EPA official
North of the Border: A Canadian Update.
Jay Illingworth, director of harmonization for Canada’s electronics stewardship programs, will offer a comprehensive analysis of the critical issues in Canada’s e-scrap industry. - Jay Illingworth, Harmonization of ACES, ESABC & SWEEP

Concurrent Session D
Certification: The Industry Responds

Safety First.
Kelley Keogh (Greeneye Partners LLC) will provide a high-level overview of the key environmental, health and safety (EH&S) issues and trends potentially affecting e-scrap processing in the future. An assessment of potential new focus materials to be concerned about will be presented in addition to a discussion of OEM thinking about EH&S concerns- Kelley Keough, Greeneye Partners
What Do the Numbers Show?
Sarah Westervelt of the Basel Action Network will provide a thorough analysis of the first year of the e-Stewards certification program, highlighting program performance measurements and collected data. She will also describe the process and outcome of producing the first formal revision of the e-Stewards standard. - Sarah Westervelt, Basel Action Network
The Marketplace’s Driving Forces.
R2 Solutions has surveyed certified R2 recyclers to gather important data on how the certification program is impacting their business. The data includes important information about how the standard is performing in the marketplace and the impacts that voluntary certification programs can have on the industry. The results of this survey will be presented.- Kim Holmes, 4R Sustainability


Plenary Session III
Integral Global Perspectives

India: The Current E-Scrap Landscape.
Lakshmi Raghupathy offers an extensive review of India's current e-scrap situation, including in- and outflows, who's processing what and how, and brand new e-waste management rules. Lakshmi will also offer recommendations and predictions based on her current research, including an assessment of the unique relationship between formal and informal processors in India.- Lakshmi Raghupathy, Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology
Taking a Critical Look at China.
Widely respected journalist Adam Minter will share his experiences visiting numerous processing facilities in China. He will explore the current regulatory framework for electronics recycling in China, both in terms of import issues as well as environmental operations, and offer an assessment of how e-scrap volumes are being handled. - Adam Minter, Independent Journalist
Looking at Today, Focusing on Tomorrow in Russia.
Senior consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Valentin Ishchenko, will take a critical look at the changes in Russia's relationship with electronics as the population enjoys growing prosperity. He will address Russia's e-scrap future based on the work he and Vladimir Mariev have done with the UNIDO/Russia project, a program which seeks to analyze the current electronics recycling situation in Russia, to identify economical and environmentally safe solutions for reducing untreated/non-recyclable e-waste and to promote the best methods for the collection and recycling.- Valentin Ishchenko, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Concurrent Session E
Big Issues Over the Horizon

The Cloud's Effect on Electronics Recycling.
What will be the effect on e-scrap recycling and data security as computing moves to the cloud and will this transform how the electronics recycling industry does its business? Dylan de Thomas (Resource Recycling) addresses these questions and more.- Dylan de Thomas, E-Scrap News
The Need for Rare Earth Metals Recovery.
Many of the 17 rare earth metals mined in the world eventually end up in electronics. Serious geopolitical concerns have resulted in a steep increase in the value of these metals and an ensuing tightness in supply, with many key leaders calling for increased rare earth metal recycling. Resource Recycling President, Jerry Powell, takes a critical look at this timely issue.- Jerry Powell, E-Scrap News
Does the E-scrap Industry Need a Stand-alone Trade Association?
Electronic Waste Journal publisher Ismail Oyekan will provide a comprehensive overview of the current landscape of the electronics waste management industry. With an eye towards the horizon, he will highlight emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities, including the need for a free-standing trade association.- Ismail Oyekan, Electronic Waste Journal

Concurrent Sesion F
Looking Upstream: Product Design, Reuse and Standards

Field Lessons in Electronics Repair.
Join iFixit engineer, Miroslav Djuric, for a compelling assessment of the challenges and opportunities for electronic product design, including projections for the future. - Miroslav Djuric, iFixit
Maximizing Economic Value.
Based on thorough research on computer hardware done in conjunction with the University of Illinois, Willie Cade (PC Rebuilders & Recyclers) will offer a critical analysis of the requirements needed to transform e-scrap to products, highlighting processes that promise increased revenue while meeting the higher standards the market is demanding.- Willie Cade, PC Rebuilders & Recyclers
IEEE 1680 (EPEAT) Standards – Implications for Recyclers.
Two new EPEAT standards are under development for imaging equipment and TVs, both of which contain more rigorous requirements for recyclers. Wayne Rifer will explain how these new standards can be expected to affect recyclers.- Wayne Rifer, Green Electronics Council

Plenary Session IV
Industry Executives Point the Way

What’s the future of the e-scrap industry? Hear it straight from the mouths of industry executives. Don’t miss Graham Davy (Sims Recycling Solutions), Dag Adamson (LifeSpan Technology Recycling), John Shegarian (Electronic Recyclers International), and others addressing key topics such as environmental auditing and certification, mergers and acquisitions activity, new processing systems, data security issues and materials demand and pricing.
- Graham Davy, Sims Recycling Solutions
- John Shegarian, Electronic Recyclers International, Inc.
- Dag Adamson, LifeSpan Technology Recycling
- Craig Lorch, Total Reclaim