Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 19

Plenary Session I: In-Depth on ITAD
8:30 – 10:00 A.M. | National Ballroom AB

The conference’s opening session takes the form of an informative Q-and-A discussion with key corporate executives regarding the increased push by e-scrap processors to focus on reuse, repair and resale. How has this move into other aspects of asset disposition affected traditional e-scrap firms? Do large players see ITAD services differently than mid-size companies? What new skill sets need to be developed to be successful in the ITAD field? These and other critical issues will are addressed by industry experts.

– Moderator: Jerry Powell, Resource Recycling

– Eric Capps, Arrow Electronics
– Miles Harter, Dynamic
– Chris Ko, ER2 and Revive IT
– Sean Magann, Sims Recycling Solutions


Plenary Session II: What's Trending Now
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | National Ballroom AB

The private firms, organizations and public agencies involved in electronics recovery are being affected by many new trends and challenges. Data security concerns, the lightweighting of devices, legislative shifts and undulations in the economy – these are just a few of issues confronting stakeholders. Four seasoned professionals offer insights into what can we expect in the years to come.

– Corey Dehmey, SERI

– Bob Johnson, National Association for Information Destruction
– Jason Linnell, NCER
– Sarah Downes, ProSUM
– David Daoud, Compliance Standards


Concurrent Session A: Better Tech, Better Processing
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | National Ballroom AB

The e-scrap arena is seeing intriguing innovation that can help facility operators run more efficient plants and keep pace with the changing material stream. This session helps attendees stay on top of the latest technologies and make smart moves in terms of facility design and processing approach.  

– Moderator:  Felix Hottenstein, MSS Inc.

– Rafael Reveles, Converge Engineering
– Matanya Horowitz, AMP Robotics
– Peter Holgate, Ronin8

Concurrent Session B: Circuit Board Reclamation Realities
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | National Ballroom C

The metallic composition of recovered boards is different today than in the past, the volume of material has grown quickly and the relationship between the supplier and the consumer is being altered. At the same time, new assay techniques have been developed to address changes in material types and flows. For a better understanding of these factors, veterans of the precious metals sector offer perspective.

– Moderator: Greg Voorhees, MRM Recycling

– Joe Bernhardt, Aurubis
Hisashi Tateyashiki, Mitsubishi Materials USA Corporation
– Duane Nelson, EnviroLeach Technologies, Inc.


Concurrent Session C:  Making the Most of Messaging, organized by ISRI
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | National Ballroom D

Many electronics reuse and recycling firms struggle in getting the word out about their services and programs. To address this issue, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has convened a panel of communications professions who offer insight on seeding stories in local news outlets, leveraging social media and fostering positive public opinion toward industry enterprises.

– Moderator: Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

– Kent Kiser, Scrap Magazine
– Stephanie Oden, Sims Recycling Solutions
– Walter Alcorn, Consumer Technology Association
– Adam Dumes, Cohen Recycling


Concurrent Session D: The International Sphere
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | National Ballroom AB

As the electronics recycling and repair industry becomes increasingly global, key developments abroad are becoming central to operations in the U.S.  Panelists offer engrossing perspectives from the front lines of materials management in China, India, the Middle East and Europe.

– Moderator: Eric Harris, Regency Technologies

– Elwin Meng, Umicore
– Anne Peters, Gracestone, Inc.
– Verena Radulovic, Photojournalist
Mark Burrows-Smith, REPIC

Concurrent Session E: Getting Prepared for FPDs
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | National Ballroom C

The e-scrap flow is changing rapidly, with mercury-bearing flat-panel displays becoming a larger part of the stream. The safe and profitable management of flat-panel displays, however, is far from a sure thing. A handful of experts provide an important update on where things stand with the stream.

– Moderator: Lynn Rubinstein, Northeast Recycling Council

– Doug Smith, Sony Electronics
– Jeff Gloyd, Universal Recycling Technologies, LLC.
– Adam Shine, Sunnking
– Lloyd Andrew, EnvirOSH Services, Inc

Concurrent Session F: Recycling Batteries: A Growth Opportunity, Organized by ISRI
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | National Ballroom D

– Moderator: George Hinkle, ARCOA Group

From the cell phones we use to the cars we drive, rechargeable batteries are all around us. With the proliferation of rechargeable batteries comes opportunities and challenges for recyclers to ensure that they are handled responsibly. Due to their chemical composition and the way they are constructed, special care and knowledge is required in recycling. This session covers how to process batteries and what new market segments have opened to take more of the material. Learn the details on the life cycle of batteries, recycling best practices, considerations for sourcing critical materials, necessary safety precautions, and more.

– Michael Burz, EnZinc


Plenary Session III: How to Optimize Commodities Recovery
8:30 – 10:00 A.M. | National Ballroom AB

With the rise of repair and reuse, the role of traditional electronics recycling is changing fast. Markets for recovered metals and other materials are volatile, new laws have been implemented and new players have entered the field. Where are we headed? What are the opportunities and the barriers associated with commodities recovery? This panel takes an in-depth look at the ways companies need to adjust their recycling operations to stay in line with current trends shaping profitability.   

– Moderator: Caitlin Sanchez, VIZIO, Inc.

– Jim Levine, Regency Technologies
– Kevin Dillon, ERI
– Neil Peters-Michaud, Cascade

Concurrent Session G: Bearing the Weight of CRTs
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | National Ballroom AB

CRT TVs and monitors continue to enter the e-scrap stream, accounting for the majority of weight in many programs. At the same time, some downstream options for the material have disappeared or are shifted their strategies. We've convened a diverse group of speakers who are working in different ways to make critical CRT decisions and chart paths forward to handle the material effectively, from both an environmental and economic perspective.

– Moderator: Jeff Bednar, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

– Sarah Murray, Wisconsin DEP
– Lia Yohannes, EPA
– Joe Connors, CyberCrunch

Concurrent Session H: The State of Repair in America
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | National Ballroom C

Never before has so much momentum existed around electronics repair, but obstacles remain.  Legal roadblocks, accessible industry data and shifts in the material stream are just a few realities that could be holding back the full potential of device refurbishment. Leaders in the field dive into the topic and offer ideas for pushing the sector forward.

– Moderator: Jeff Sacre, CHWMEG

– Kyle Wiens, iFixit
– Jim Puckett, e-Stewards
– Bob Houghton, Sage Sustainable Electronics
– John Ortiz, Hewlett Packard

Concurrent Session I: The Impact of the Internet of Things, Organized by ISRI
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | National Ballroom D

The rapid expansion of internet connectivity beyond the boundaries of IT departments and personal computers is leading to major changes in how electronic devices are manufactured and used – and how they will be recycled.  Our wireless devices and other electronics are getting smaller, more powerful and more capable with every new release.  And with this trend, devices are manufactured with far fewer materials than the predecessors before them. This session brings together industry experts to offer valuable insight into the changing markets and technologies.

– Moderator: John Birkholz, AERC Recycling Solutions

– Puneet Shrivastava, Dell Technologies
– Craig Boswell, HOBI International, Inc.
– Jenny Schuchert, The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, Inc.

Plenary Session IV: E-Scrap Opportunities in the Circular Economy
1:00 – 2:30 P.M. | National Ballroom AB

In recent years, the notion of a circular economy has increasingly shaped goals and policies within governments, corporate boardrooms and academia. The approach encourages companies and society as a whole to put greater emphasis on product reuse and materials recycling, and e-scrap stakeholders stand to gain as electronics manufacturers, policymakers and others embrace a more circular future. Our closing session explores how the vast and evolving concept could send revenue ripples out into the world of electronics recovery.

– Moderator: Carole Mars, The Sustainability Consortium

Wayne Rifer, The National Center for Electronics Recycling
– David Refkin, GreenPath Sustainability Consultants
– Linda Li, Li Tong Group (LTG) / Re-Teck