Wednesday, September 11
8:30 to 10:00 a.m., National Ballrooms A-D
Plenary Session I: What You Need to Know Right Now
This hard-hitting opening session critically analyzes some of the top issues facing the e-scrap industry right now. Recognized experts explore breaking trends in the rapidly evolving realm of ITAD practices, forecasts for how M&A activity will change the industry and how key changes in China might impact the e-scrap trade.
-- Moderator: Cindy Erie, E-World Online
How Will ITAD Practices Change in the Coming Years?
Today's IT asset disposition practices are quickly becoming obsolete. These smaller and smaller form-factors will result in significant operational changes to the ITAD industry as these tablets and other devices reach their end of life. At the same time, continued consolidation among OEMs is being duplicated by consolidation among larger ITAD firms. Other market shifts, including the surge in employees using personal hardware for corporate work, as well as the move to cloud-based computing, are presenting new challenges for e-scrap managers.
-- David Daoud, Compliance Standards
Mergers and Acquisitions: What Does it Mean for Your Company?
Today's leader in electronics recycling may soon be tomorrow's acquisition – or lose its top spot in this rapidly changing industry. The e-scrap industry has seen a rising number of M&A actions in the past three years. What does this mean for the industry overall and for each player in this sector? What are the larger trends in green technology investing that may affect M&A efforts in electronics recycling? These and other big-picture consolidation trends are analyzed in this presentation by a senior investment banker.
-- Dan Coyne, Canaccord Genuity
The Future of China as a Major E-Scrap Market
With a new President, are environmental issues rising in importance in China? What has been the overall impact of that country's modest economic slowdown? With the expected continuing rise in urbanization in China, will more e-scrap be generated by local businesses and consumers? Will China lose its current advantage of low-cost labor, moving contract manufacturing elsewhere? An expert provides advice on what is happening in the world's second largest economy and how the changes in China may alter trade practices between North America and China.
-- Adam Minter
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., National Ballrooms A-D
Plenary Session II: Global Flows of E-Scrap
The global flows of e-scrap get a lot of attention. But what do we really know about how materials move? What do formal and informal material flows look like? What might fair-trade recycling look like? What is being done to ensure a safe and legal trade? Three experts share brand-new research results and project updates addressing these questions and more.
-- Moderator: Renee St. Denis, Sims Recycling Solutions
E-Waste Practices in China and Ethiopia
The United Nations University has been looking at electronic waste practices in several countries. What happens to scrap electronics that are generated within these countries and what happens to scrap that is imported? How do the informal and formal recycling systems operate? What types of policies are in place and how is e-scrap management regulated? A comprehensive summary of his important research is provided.
-- Feng Wang, United Nations University
New Efforts by the Globe's Police Force
The Environmental Crime Programme (ECP) at INTERPOL, the international policing agency, has a keen interest in the illegal trade of e-waste. In this presentation, an expert from the ECP focuses on the Pollution and Waste Crime Working Group's latest efforts to combat illegal trading of e-waste.
-- Cees Van Duijn, Interpol
A Major Study into the Free Trade of Electronics
Can exports of used electronics be done in a win-win manner through fair-trade recycling contracts? This is the key research question behind a $469,000 study being undertaken by a group of academic researchers. One of the key research topics is an effort to better understand the knowledge and skills of workers in foreign markets. This presentation features a progress report on this fascinating project.
-- Oscar A. Orta
1:30 to 3:00 p.m., National Ballrooms A-B
Concurrent Session A: What's on the Horizon for Refurbishment?
The refurbishment of computers, tablets and smartphones is ever-changing, especially given the rapid pace of new product introductions and market share swings. The device that was hot a few years ago is now entering the reuse and refurbishment stream. What does the future hold? Get fresh perspectives from these refurb experts in this timely and informative session.
-- Moderator: Willie Cade, PC Rebuilders and Recyclers (invited)
Hardware Trends and the Future of Refurbishment
If the market continues to move towards tablets and smartphones and away from desktops and laptops, what does this mean for reuse? Can these new form-factors be refurbished? What's needed to assure that reuse and refurbishment remain viable options? The co-founder and CEO of iFixit shares an informed and on-the-ground perspective on the future of refurbishment in this timely presentation.
-- Kyle Wiens and Mark Schaffer, iFixit
How Refurbishment Helps Sales of New Devices
Does refurbishment grow or cannibalize the sales of new PCs, tablets and phones? What are the best ways to use refurbishment to grow your new device business? Sean Nicholson from Microsoft shares recent research from different countries on refurbishment's links to device renewal opportunities and OEM brand perception from customers of refurbished devices. His perspective on missed opportunities for OEMs are also discussed.
-- Sean Nicholson, Microsoft
The Certification of Computer Refurbishers
A new certification platform for computer refurbishers has been rolled out in the past few months in the U.K. What are the merits of such a system? Will certification of computer reuse organizations help assure potential buyers of refurbished equipment that these goods are fully tested, safe for use and fully functional? Will refurbisher certification become as common as the certification of e-scrap recycling processors? This presentation addresses these questions and also offers an overview of refurbishment trends in Europe.
-- Ben Walsh, Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse
1:30 to 3:00 p.m., National Ballrooms C-D
Concurrent Session B: Important New Research
The E-Scrap Conference is known for featuring experts and their cutting-edge research. This session is no exception. A Purdue University professor shares details on a multi-disciplinary project analyzing sustainable electronics development and recycling, and a representative of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) delves into their technical research on WEEE recycling, reuse and repair.
-- Moderator: Mark Latham, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Universities Partner on Design for Recycling
Purdue University and Tuskegee University are working together on a $3.2 million effort to have a multi-disciplinary team of doctoral students search for new materials and technologies for use in making environmentally friendly electronics, and to train a smart workforce to help lead sustainable electronics development and recycling. Students from disciplines such as engineering, political science, management and many others are conducting the research. Much of the research will focus on ways to make electronics easier to recycle. A Purdue professor and project leader offers an update on the many exciting research initiatives underway at the two universities and explains how the electronics recycling industry can be involved in this innovative work.
-- Dr. Inez Hua, Purdue University
Recent Research on WEEE Recycling, Reuse and Repair
This expert presentation covers the recent technical work by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) on WEEE recycling, reuse and repair. A special focus is paid to understanding issues with and barriers to delivering outputs that support market development and deliver environmental and economic benefits. Recycling techniques, collection mechanisms and reuse and repair opportunities which maximize the value potential of electronic equipment are highlighted.
-- Lucy Cooper, WRAP
3:30 to 5:00 p.m., National A-B
Concurrent Session C: Innovative CRT Recycling Technologies
For the past two years, two trade groups – the Consumer Electronics Association and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries – have funded a contest seeking the best and most innovative potential methods to handle CRT glass. This session features winners of this important contest describing their new technologies.
-- Moderator: Allison Schumacher, Consumer Electronics Association
Separating Lead From Glass
The owner and founder of Nulife Glass offers an update on the firm's CRT recycling furnace technology. A special emphasis is paid to the technical and operational advances achieved with the recent successfully commissioned furnace and the processes' material results. In addition, an update on Nulife Glass' first North American CRT recycling facility in New York State is provided.
-- Simon Greer, Nulife Glass
An Intriguing Chemical Process
Sustainable Technologies has developed a low-cost, small-scale system that uses a low-cost chemical process to remove the lead oxide from CRT glass. An environmental engineer behind this fascinating new technology offers an in-depth review of the technology itself as well as future plans.
-- Mario Rosato, Sustainable Technologies
2013 CRT Challenge Winner
The winner of the 2013 CRT Challenge will be announced at the E-Scrap Conference and has been invited to deliver a presentation on his/her winning proposal.
3:30 to 5:00 p.m., National Ballrooms C-D
Concurrent Session D: Three Key Trends To Watch This Year
The editorial team at E-Scrap News has been hard at work researching three key trends that are significantly impacting the e-scrap industry. This session features a deeper analysis of what a shift in enterprise computing capacity towards the cloud means for e-scrap recycling, an exploration of key performance indicators and an assessment of how the growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is playing out.
-- Moderator: Jack Price, State of Florida
The Great Shift to the Cloud
Much of enterprise computing capacity is moving to away from the desk and away from a rack of servers in the office building's basement to independently owned football-field-size server farms, with many of these being operated by the giants in computer use (think Amazon and Google). So what does this mean for the electronics recycling industry? Fewer desktops? More servers? Larger but fewer potential e-scrap clients? The editorial director of Resource Recycling, Inc. answers these questions and more.
-- Dylan De Thomas, Resource Recycling
How Do You Measure Up to Key Industry Performance Standards?
Many e-scrap processing plants do the same thing that their competitors do, e.g. dismantling a standard desktop unit, wiping data on hundreds of hard drives or separating a CRT's plate from the funnel. How are you performing against your competitor? This presentation features brand new research that explores the industry's key performance indicators.
-- Dan Leif, Resource Recycling
Bringing Your Own Device – And Taking it Back
Companies, organizations and managers of large volumes of IT assets can't seem to get enough of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, where employees provide their own personal electronics for work. But the money saved on IT procurement and management costs come at a price. This presentation tackles the legal, data security and recycling problems associated with the BYOD trend and gives you the information you can use to handle the changing enterprise IT landscape.
-- Henry Leineweber, E-Scrap News
Thursday, September 12
8:30 to 10:00 a.m., National Ballrooms A-D
Plenary Session III: The Changes Ahead in Certification
This session will help you stay on top of the new changes on the horizon for the R2 and e-Stewards certifications and what they mean for your company. In addition, two experts showcase the results of a brand-new survey evaluating perceptions about electronics recycling standards.
-- Moderator: Jeff Sacre, CHWMEG, Inc.
Assessment of Global Certification Standards
In 2012, researchers conducted a global baseline survey to evaluate perceptions about whether electronics recycling standards are leveling the playing field. The outcomes highlighted key issues facing the industry and also indicated that this is a fast-evolving industry in which the international standards are influencing each other and industry performance. The survey has been repeated in 2013 and includes an additional topic to further explore emerging issues for the industry. The survey results illustrate the risks and value of implementing e-waste management systems.
-- Anne Peters, Gracestone, Inc., and Libby Chaplin, Arcadian Solutions
Up Next for R2
As industries grow and evolve, the certification standards used by industry members also change. The R2 environmental health and safety standards are undergoing a significant update and the top executive at R2 describes how the standards will change, as well as discussing the new organizational structure at R2 Solutions, the standard's managing body.
-- John Lingelbach, R2 Solutions
The Future of e-Stewards
The e-Stewards certification platform is also being updated and the management structure behind the standard is also undergoing change. A comprehensive review of these changes and what they mean for e-Steward-certified firms is provided.
-- Jim Puckett, e-Stewards
10:30 to noon, National Ballrooms A-B
Concurrent Session E: Practical Advice for Health and Safety
Are you confused about health and safety compliance, rules and regulations? These three experts offer straightforward and practical advice to clear up confusion about what's expected to keep workers safe and to keep your company in full compliance. In addition, a new NIOSH study is featured which explores potential occupational exposures you need to know about.
-- Moderator: Eileen Naples, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPEAT Recycling Requirements.
Manufacturers who are subscribers to EPEAT may register products to specific recycling and end-of-life management criteria. Many manufacturers audit and engage their recycling contractors for assistance to show conformance to these requirements. This presentation by EPEAT Qualified Verifier and Standards Assessor, Kelley Keogh, describes the key issues and offers systems to manage the criteria and document conformance.
-- Kelley Keogh, Greeneye Partners
Expert Advice on Health and Safety Issues
An industrial safety expert offers key advice to e-scrap processors on various issues, including health hazards, dust control measures, personal protective equipment, noise and ergonomics. Also covered are OSHA-required programs and training such as hazard communication, lockout/tagout and machine guarding.
-- Lloyd Andrew, EnvirOSH Services
Potential Occupational Exposures at E-Scrap Processing Facilities
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has undertaken a pilot project to evaluate potential occupational exposures to electronics recycling workers. The NIOSH project includes an industry survey and on-site evaluations at recycling facilities. The purpose of this work is to help understand exposures faced by these workers and to develop controls and work practices to minimize these exposures. This presentation will appeal to e-scrap plant managers as well as their EH&S Staff.
-- Dr. Diana Ceballos, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
10:30 to noon, National Ballrooms C-D
Concurrent Session F: Measurement, Coordination and Management Issues
It's important to periodically review established practices and processes for e-scrap recycling systems so you don't end up wasting your time measuring the wrong things, reinventing the wheel or inadvertently managing your e-scrap in an improper way. This session explores measuring what matters in electronics collections, IT tools for coordination and tracking of electronic take-back systems and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation's latest work on environmentally sound management practices.
Is Weight the Best Way to Measure Collection Success?
A variety of parties – including state officials, environmental managers at various OEMs and electronics recycling company executives – are rethinking how electronics collections should be measured. Is weight a sufficient measure, especially when state programs include both clunky, heavy televisions and lightweight laptops? The National Center for Electronics Recycling is looking into this issue, including potential alternatives such as using consumer awareness as a program metric. This presentation features the initial plans for a multistate survey and the logic of such a measurement strategy, including its potential implications.
-- Jason Linnell, National Center for Electronics Recycling
An Eye on Collaboration, Compliance and Integration
Many OEMs, e-scrap processors, retailers and others are urging governments to better coordinate their electronics take-back systems. The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), an industry-led organization in Canada, has driven a rapid expansion to tackle these issues, now spanning seven of Canada's 10 provinces, with more than 3,000 stewards registered across the country, 700 permanent collection sites and more than 40 verified e-scrap processors. The group's top executive discusses the investment they have made in IT networks to manage this growth, including a common reporting portal, material tracking system and other tools.
-- Cliff Hacking, Electronic Products Recycling Association
How Are We Managing E-Scrap Flows Among NAFTA Members?
When the North American Free Trade Agreement was approved, the U.S., Canada and Mexico wanted to assure they were working as one on the environmental concerns that might be raised from free trade. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation is the resulting agency charged with addressing these concerns, one of which is the potential for the improper management of e-scrap. CEC has undertaken several important assessments and is holding workshops this summer regarding environmental sound management practices for refurbishers and e-scrap processors. What does this mean for the North American electronics industry?
-- Dr. Irasema Coronado, Commission for Environmental Cooperation
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. National Ballrooms A-B
Concurrent Session G: The Current Reality of CRT Recycling
Two global trends have collided in the past few years: A move away from CRT monitors toward flat-panel displays and the rapid rise in electronics recycling collections. Simply put, we're collecting more and more CRTs for recycling, but we're making fewer and fewer CRT tubes. What is the status of CRT glass recycling in North America and where are we headed? The 2013 conference ends with the presentation of an industry white paper on CRT recycling. Following the presentation of the research findings, a panel of CRT glass recycling experts will provide their views, assessments and predictions.
-- Moderator and Presenter: Jerry Powell, E-Scrap News
-- Albino Bessa, Technologies Displays America
-- Cindy Coutts, Sims Recycling Solutions Canada
-- Jim Entwistle, Newtech Recycling
-- Jason Linnell, National Center for Electronics Recycling
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. National Ballrooms C-D
Concurrent Session H: The Return of the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act
What does the reintroduction of the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) mean for the e-scrap industry? This session features a balanced look at RERA, including a straightforward overview of the legislation itself as well as arguments in favor of and opposed to its passage.
-- Moderator: Henry Leineweber, E-Scrap News
Legislation Background: What is RERA?
-- Henry Leineweber, E-Scrap News
The Case for RERA
-- Neil Peters-Michaud, Coalition for American Electronics Recycling
Why RERA Is Not the Solution
-- Eric Harris, ISRI