CONFERENCE SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
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Wednesday, September 2
Plenary Session I: Moving Ahead in Tight Markets
8:30 – 10:00 am I National Ballroom AB
Experts in electronics material recovery take a holistic look at major industry trends. These industry leaders provide deep insight into what’s ahead for the e-scrap sector and explain the profit centers waiting to be tapped right now.
--Moderator: Doug Smith, Sony Electronics
ITAD in Focus
This presentation explains the state of the IT asset disposition market on both the supply and sides. Develop an understanding of behavior and patterns in the enterprise market and learn how ITAD will affect the broad electronics recycling industry in the foreseeable future.
--David Daoud, Compliance Standards
Digging Into Commodities
An expert in precious metals markets dissects pricing trends in gold and other materials recovered from electronics in recent years and provides insight into what’s ahead with a five-year forecast. The presentation also explores the regulatory environment in major jurisdictions and how this will factor into future volume growth.
--Erica Rannestad, Thomson Reuters
Growing on Shifting Ground
Attendees get a crucial big-picture look of the electronics recycling industry and grab a glimpse of the "new frontier" in the market, one defined by lightweighting in the material stream, state laws in flux and a growing reliance on repair.
--Eric Harris, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)
Plenary Session II: Global Exports Explained
10:45 am – 12:15 pm I National Ballroom AB
This session takes a nuanced look at current e-scrap flows and material trends across the worldwide market. What nations are producing the highest volumes of end-of-life material and where are processing opportunities developing? A diverse trio delves into those key questions.
--Moderator: Jeffrey Sacre, CHWMEG
The leader of an industry watchdog group offers fresh insights on global exports and details the challenges developing nations face in receiving and handling devices. The presentation also explores illegal transboundary movements of material.
--Jim Puckett, Basel Action Network
Tapping Latin America
A seasoned researcher delivers the most recent data on e-scrap developments in Latin America. Featuring statistics on flows in Mexico and Peru, the presentation provides attendees with an update from an e-scrap hotbed that is growing fast but remains under the radar.
--Ramzy Kahhat, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru
World of Possibilities
A well-traveled journalist journalist takes attendees on a tour of the planet's e-scrap sector, including Africa, China and other regions. Are we underestimating the depth and power of an informal but highly powerful global industry? Find out in this unfettered look at the international sphere.
--Adam Minter, Bloomberg View
Concurrent Session A: Preparing for E-Scrap's Unexpected
1:30 – 3:00 pm I National Ballroom AB
Risk management is a top priority for e-scrap facilities across the board. Experts on the issue address health and safety, insurance, plant closure plans and potential environmental liabilities arising from e-scrap management on both the state and federal levels. This information can make or break a business – don't miss a valuable opportunity to bolster your preparation plans.
--Corey Dehmey, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI)
--Christopher "Smitty" Smith, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
--Ross Fields, Leavitt Group
--Moderator: Sarah Cade, PC Rebuilders & Recyclers
Concurrent Session B: E-Scrap Academy Track: Profiting in Device Repair, organized by iFixit
1:30 – 3:00 pm I National Ballroom C
Experts brought together by tech repair hub iFixit explore the elements of running a successful repair operation including refurbishing, resale, testing and diagnostic, parts reclamation and policy issues. Those looking to expand profitability into the refurb space will gain the tools and perspective they need to succeed.
--Drew Halverson, Cascade Asset Management
--Jessa Jones, iPad Rehab
--Charles Brennick, InterConnection.org
--Kyle Wiens, iFixit
--Kit Walsh, Electronic Frontier Foundation
--Moderator: Adam Minter, Bloomberg View
Concurrent Session C: Monitoring Challenges: Flat Panels, CRTs and More
3:30 – 5:00 pm I National Ballroom AB
Develop a complete understanding of the issues caused by low-value materials and see the ways e-scrap management systems and certifications have responded over time. Speakers address how problematic materials have significantly affected processing companies, state programs and the industry as a whole.
--Moderator: Jack Himes, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
The policy patchwork
A policy expert provides a deep dive into the health of electronics recycling programs across the country. With 25 state programs in place, and almost all of them unique in structure and reach, the web of challenges is intensive, especially when it comes to CRT management, but business opportunities are developing amid the evolution.
--Resa Dimino, Product Stewardship Institute
Understanding flat panels
Drawing on insights from interviews and research, this presentation offers an overview of the nation's next potentially-vexing e-scrap stream: flat panel display devices. How hard is it to handle end-of-life flat panels? Where can processors send them to be recycled? Find out in this data-centered, unbiased look.
--Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News and Resource Recycling
What effects are industry certifications and standards having when it comes to difficult materials in the e-scrap stream? The results of a recently completed survey of electronics recycling companies looks into whether certifications are helping or hurting when it comes to acquiring and recycling material. The presentation also assesses the effects of recent trends in design for recyclability.
--Anne Peters, Gracestone, Inc. and Libby Chaplin, Arcadian Solutions
Concurrent Session D: E-Scrap Academy Track: Fishing Profits From the Materials Stream
3:30 – 5:00 pm I National Ballroom C
Electronics processors may be knowledgeable about several select material types, but in the fast-evolving e-scrap sphere there's always room to better understand components and equipment that may be getting overlooked. Seasoned professionals offer critical knowledge and proven techniques.
--Moderator: Jay Illingworth, Electronic Products Recycling Association
Best Practices in Moving Materials
An industry veteran offers deep knowledge in how to properly handle materials of all shapes and sizes once they come into e-scrap facilities. Attendees also learn the basics on sending components downstream while maximizing profits.
--Joe Clayton, MRP Company
All About E-Plastics
This presentation draws on in-depth research to explain where e-plastic discards are being generated as well as where they’re going once they are processed. A critical analysis of e-plastics consumption, recovery and recycling is offered, accompanied by strategies that firms can employ to overcome e-plastic profitability challenges.
--Dylan de Thomas, Resource Recycling, Inc.
Going for Gold
Major revenue can be found in the precious metals that lie within the shredded scrap filling Gaylord containers in e-scrap facilities around the country. Optimizing this material stream can be the difference between profitability and just getting by, and this presentation details how to do things the right way.
--Thierry Van Kerckhoven , Umicore
Secure Your Data, Secure Your Business
Every ITAD company in the country handles what could potentially be a ticking time bomb: data-containing devices that come into the facility. How should these materials best be handled? A data destruction expert offers answers.
--Bob Johnson, National Association for Information Destruction
Thursday, September 3
Plenary Session III: On the Ground in Ghana
9:00 – 10:00 am I National Ballroom AB
The notorious Agbogbloshie area has been the focal point of numerous news stories that portray the Ghana district as a hellish dumping ground for the world's old electronics. However, in recent months some observers have begun arguing the Ghana story is far more complex than a simple export issue. This compelling panel discussion will delve into the issue and offer a platform for individuals who have visited the site and know the facts. The panel will include both outspoken critics of material exports as well as individuals who say moving electronics to African markets does far more good than bad.
--Grace Akese, Memorial University
--Kevin McElvaney, Photographer
--DK Osseo-Asare, Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP)
--Moderator: Dylan de Thomas, Resource Recycling, Inc.
Concurrent Session E: Design for Recyclability
10:30 am – 12:00 pm I National Ballroom AB
OEM representatives detail the ways recyclability fits into the overall design strategy for products and provide an on-the-ground look at the ways companies are managing supply chains to bring recycled content into new electronics. Learn what those developments mean for the future of processing.
--Moderator: Dan Leif, E-Scrap News and Resource Recycling
Understanding OEM Needs
One of the world's largest electronics companies takes the stage to address how recyclability fits into a major OEM’s overall design strategy. Using a growing closed loop recycling program as a model, this presentation dissects present-day operations and how they might develop going forward.
--Beth Johnson, Dell
From Ideas to Action
An original device manufacturer with extensive recycling capabilities explains how it works with OEM partners and articulates the details of the supply chain process. Develop a complete understanding of the ways design affects both the recycling the manufacturing processes.
--Sam Liang, Wistron GreenTech
A Fresh Model
A leader from the maker of a "green" smartphone discusses bringing the product to market and the future goals for the concept. Can a device built with repair and recycling as top priorities grab the ear of consumers? This presentation brings attendees directly to the middle of the intersection between e-scrap and ingenuity.
--Sean Ansett, Fairphone
Concurrent Session F: E-Scrap Academy Track: Anatomy of an Efficient Facility
10:30 am – 12:00 pm I National Ballroom C
Are you a newcomer to the industry or interested in scaling up your current business? Arm yourself with valuable knowledge on how to design and run an optimized e-scrap facility. Experienced insiders articulate the basic blueprint you need to process success.
--Moderator: Jerry Powell, E-Scrap News and Resource Recycling
Build It Right
Drawing on state-of-the-art processing plants throughout the world, Sims' engineering and technical director provides a step-by-step look at how to design and construct a facility from the ground up. Find out what equipment and planning is needed, and grab tips to ensure you're ready to handle the evolving stream of material.
--Rafael Reveles, Sims Recycling Solutions
Ever wish you could look into a crystal ball and see what e-scrap processing technology will look like 10 or 20 years from now? A top researcher delivers a clear (and perhaps surprising) picture of what to expect when it comes to robotics, shredders and other equipment systems.
--Hamid Karbasi, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
How to Master EH&S
Ensuring the safety of employees and staying up to environmental code are two pressing areas of concern for e-scrap managers. An industry expert delivers must-know information on today's leading EH&S issues and best practices.
--Mike Shuck, HOBI international
Making the Most of Your Certification
More and more, e-scrap businesses have learned the importance of being certified to an industry standard. But not everyone knows how to use that certification to bring in more business. This presentation guides attendees through using certification as a marketing tool.
--Bob McCarthy, Greeneye Partners
Plenary Session IV: Laying Down the Laws
1:00 – 2:30 pm I National Ballroom AB
The shifting state program landscape is discussed in-depth by policy experts, processing executives and state officials. Together, these leaders outline the current collection of state electronics recycling laws and explain how industry companies fit into the evolution of government-mandated electronics recycling.
--Walter Alcorn, Consumer Electronics Association
--Jeff Bednar, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
--Theresa DiMarco, Best Buy Co.
--Kevin Dillon , Electronic Recyclers International, Inc.
--Sarah Murray, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
--Moderator: Jason Linnell, National Center for Electronics Recycling