WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
PLENARY I: Industry Executives Point The Way
The top decision-makers from five leading companies provide a holistic view of the industry, touching on big trends, key issues and projections for the future of e-scrap. Jerry Powell, the founder of the E-Scrap Conference and E-Scrap News, elicits their invaluable perspectives in this casual, interview-style setting. Don’t miss your opportunity to get your pressing questions answered by the top brass in e-scrap.
-- Moderator: Jerry Powell, E-Scrap News
-- Dag Adamson, LifeSpan Technology
-- Cindy Erie, E-World Online
-- Neil Peters-Michaud, Cascade Asset Management
-- John Shegerian, Electronic Recyclers International
-- Steve Skurnac, Sims Recycling Solutions
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
PLENARY II: The State Of CRT Recycling In The US
If thinking about CRT recycling gives you a headache, then don’t miss this session. These three presentations will help attendees get a better grasp on the past, present and future of the national CRT recycling issue.
-- Moderator: Carole Cifrino, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
The Current Landscape
To help clarify the current situation and anticipate where it's headed, this presentation will offer a full rundown of the North American processors still standing and those hoping to get in on the notoriously narrow-margin market. Distinguishing "established" and "emerging" operations, as well as pointing out who's amassing stock versus who's actually processing it, this presentation will provide a complete picture of the CRT landscape.
-- Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News
Understanding the Flow of CRTs
A renowned electronics recycling expert and executive director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling will share original research on the vexing issue of CRT flow across the country. This presentation will take a closer look at how CRTs are moving on a state-by-state basis, including both regulated and unregulated states.
-- Jason Linnell, National Center for Electronics Recycling
EPA’s Role in the Situation
This presentation from a specialist U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will offer attendees the unique opportunity to hear a federal regulator's take on the collection, movement and recycling of CRT glass. The update will review the details and limits of the agency’s ability to address the problem, touching on EPA’s actions to date and possible future policy.
--Amanda Kohler, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT A: Policies And Programs From Around The World
Broaden your global knowledge and improve your company's competitiveness by getting the latest information about Latin America, India and the United States.
-- Moderator: Tricia Conroy, Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company
Updates on the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship
The National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship drives much of the government's work on electronics management and significant progress has been made since the National Strategy of Electronics Stewardship was initially released. A high-ranking EPA official with 25 years of industry experience presents the work that has been completed and the status of newer projects in the pipeline.
-- Barnes Johnson, U.S. EPA
An Overview of Legislation in Latin America
A senior consultant with an international consulting firm offers an overview current e-scrap legislation in all Latin American countries, with an in-depth look at Colombia and Costa Rica. This presentation features a country-by-country rundown of involved parties – including authorities, original equipment manufacturers, consumers and processors – as well as differences between programs when it comes to covered products and scope of responsibility. Also included is a closer look at collaboration between processors and manufacturers on take-back and recycling programs and the challenges encountered.
-- Ofira Varga, 1cc GmbH
E-waste Recycling Status in India
Big things have been happening in India's end-of-life electronics industry. This presentation features a characterization of the material stream, an assessment of the regulatory landscape, an exploration of the informal and formal processing sectors and a closer look at India's first government-authorized e-scrap recycling firm, E-Parisaraa. This presentation also digs deep into recycling methods, including precious metal recovery.
-- Peethambaram Parthasarathy and Keshav A. Bulbule, E-Parisaraa
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT B: How Shifts In Product Design Affect Recyclers And Refurbishers
As gadgets have transitioned from our desks to our laps to our hands, recyclers and refurbishers have had to deal with new challenges to effectively dismantle or repair. This session looks upstream and downstream to better understand how form factor changes are having an impact on the used electronics sector. Presenters also offer potential solutions in product design and repairability.
-- Moderator: Sarah Cade, PC Rebuilders & Recyclers
A Practical Analysis of Refurb Operations
How are changes in electronics' form factor and costs affecting refurb operations? New research culled from discussions with refurbishers themselves digs deep into the nitty-gritty of refurb operations to better understand how the low cost of new electronics acts as a barrier to resale economics, which new forms of IT are creating the greatest ripple effects and much, much more.
-- Amy Roth, Green Spectrum Consulting
What You Need to Know About Form Factor Changes
A charismatic industry expert unpacks what industry players need to know about the trend toward tablets, mobile phones and wearables. A specific focus is paid to challenges such as glued-together products, lack of access to service manuals, huge variety of form factors and dematerialization. Also addressed is the right-to-repair campaign being pushed forward by e-scrap professionals who believe everyone should be able to maintain, refurbish, repair and recycle the products they own.
-- Kyle Wiens, iFixit
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT C: A Look At The CRT Processing Landscape
While new names and big business plans seem to emerge every other week in the CRT processing landscape, figuring out who's actually up-and-running — and who aims to be — can be confusing. At E-Scrap 2014, established names and emerging concepts in the field will offer their perspectives on getting glass processed in an environmentally responsible way, and they will provide municipalities and firms of all sizes the latest insider tips and data.
-- Moderator: Dylan de Thomas E-Scrap News
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
CONCURRENT D: Trends Facing Mobile Carriers
As more and more of our computing needs move from the desktop to mobile devices, the issues relating to proper disposal of those phones and tablets grow exponentially. This session highlights some of the major trends facing mobile carriers and the e-scrap industry as the mobile device takes center stage in consumers' lives.
-- Moderator: Mark Schaffer, iNEMI
Why Cell Phone Unlocking Matters
An October 2012 ruling by the Librarian of Congress made unlocking cellphones illegal for consumers and bulk resellers, effectively sending the burgeoning mobile phone reuse and recycling industry into a tailspin. Though recent legislation reversed this ruling, the issue of cell phone unlocking (both carrier lock and kill switch) remains germane to the e-scrap industry. This presentation offers an excellent overview to get you fully up-to-speed on the issue, including background, legislation, magnitude and future implications.
-- Craig Boswell, HOBI International
How Modular Design is Helping to Extend Electronic Device Life
This presentation focuses on how modular design and repurposing can help to extend the life of mobile phones and generate new streams of revenue. Highlights include the ways that Sprint is encouraging its device manufacturers to design with reparability and recyclability in mind, and how innovative modular designs like Google Ara will help customers personalize their device and significantly extend its life. In addition, the benefits of repurposing retired smartphones will be covered and the launch of a new initiative sponsored by Sprint to help grow the aftermarket for smartphones will be announced.
-- Darren Beck, Sprint
The Evolution of the Mobile Market
A leading industry analyst covering mobile phones will guide attendees through a look into the present and future of mobile devices of all types and brands. What will consumers be looking to purchase when their mobile contracts are up – and what devices will they be looking to trade in? What do the aftermarkets overseas tell us about where e-scrap collectors and processors should be focused? These questions and more will be answered in this overview of the mobile space.
-- William Stofega, IDC
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
PLENARY III: Tracking The Flow Of E-Scrap
Where and how is e-scrap moving around the world? This session explores this fascinating and highly relevant topic.
-- Moderator: Dan Leif, E-Scrap News
Mapping the Global Footprint
An industry expert assesses the long-term trends for global e-scrap with a special focus on the updated version of the StEP E-waste Worldmap. The presentation addresses collection targets worldwide, individual country studies in Europe, an update on Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) and trends in material lifespans, weight and compositions.
-- Jaco Huisman, United Nations University
Quantitative Calculations on Transboundary Flows
Following a broad stakeholder meeting, a variety of methods have been assessed for estimating the quantity of used electronics that are exported from North America, and detailed analysis of trade data was selected. A researcher from this important project describes the approach used and presents estimates of used computer and monitor exports from North American countries.
-- T. Reed Miller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
PLENARY IV: Critical Materials Recovery
Recovering critical materials, including rare earth metals, is a tremendously important issue for our industry. Many of the 17 rare earth metals (REM) mined in the world eventually end up in electronics, but recycling these metals is complex and challenging. This session features three experts addressing three key perspectives on how to capture critical materials, including REMs, from electronics and how to process them for recycling.
-- Moderator: John Powers, Integrated Solutions and Services, Inc.
An Overview of Rare Earth Metals
Earlier this year the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI), an industry-led consortium, released a white paper looking at the current status and future outlook for rare earth metals (REM). This presentation offers an overview of the research including the sources of REM ores and processed materials, the technologies that have increased the demand for REMs and the political and economic climates that led to the current supply situation. Potential solutions to prevent future supply constraints are suggested for further discussion.
-- Alan Rae, iNEMI
The Critical Materials Institute: Improving Reuse and Recycling
Fueled by $120 million in funding from the Department of Energy, the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) is researching how to improve reuse and recycling of critical materials in manufacturing and product streams. Research takes a two-pronged approach, looking at source preparation (separation and concentration) as well as transformative extraction and materials production. This presentation details CMI's goals and provides a description of current projects aimed at improving recycling, including rare earth metal recycling.
-- Eric Peterson, Idaho National Laboratory
Improving Recovery of Technology Metals - A Call to Action
A seasoned industry veteran explores issues surrounding critical and precious metals. What makes these materials so important? What does current recovery look like and where does that system break down? What’s on the horizon for recovering these important materials? These questions and more are addressed in this presentation
-- Wayne Rifer, Green Electronics Council
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
PLENARY V: Certification Updates
Want to get the latest news on SERI and BAN's efforts to improve and update their certifications? Or do you have a specific question about either certifying protocol? This session is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed on all the latest developments and get a glimpse into the future of the industry's leading environmental standards.
-- Moderator: Jeff Sacre, CHWMEG
News From SERI on R2
-- Clare Lindsay, SERI
What’s Up Next for e-Stewards?
-- Jim Puckett, Basel Action Network
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