wednesday, october 10

Plenary Session I: Assessing the Industry's Vital Signs
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. | Empire Ballroom BC

Over the past several years, commodity prices have fluctuated, CRT struggles have continued, data security has become paramount and other opportunities and challenges have emerged. So what is the state of electronics recovery industry now? Are we primed for growth, or set for more struggles? A panel of industry leaders discusses this critical question.

– Moderator: Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

– Corey Dehmey, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International

– Tricia Conroy, Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Co.

– Kevin Dillon, ERI

– Bernie Lee, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

Plenary Session II: Hot Button Issues in 2018
10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. | EMPIRE BALLROOM BC

In this informative plenary session, attendees will hear high-level speakers cover the latest trends that are shaping profitability and growth in electronics recovery right now. Topics expected to be covered include device repair, state program evolution, downstream concerns and proper management of customers' data.

– Moderator: Beth Johnson, Dell

Progress in Tracking
– Jim Puckett, Basel Action Network

An Overview of the Repair Landscape
– Kyle Wiens, iFixit

What to Watch on State Programs
– Jason Linnell, National Center for Electronics Recycling

Concurrent Session A: International Challenges, organized by the StEP Initiative
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom A

Regulatory, financial and technical framework conditions for sustainable e-scrap management are still missing in many countries, especially in the developing world. Although there are countries that are in the process of initiating regulatory activities, crucial environmental and social standards are often not enforced. In this active discussion facilitated by the StEP (Solving the E-Waste Problem) Initiative, speakers will offer more insight into these challenges, and they'll outline innovative solutions and future developments regarding electronics management on a global level. 

– Moderator/Speaker: Elisabeth Smith, executive officer, StEP

– Garth Hickle, Consultant

– Scott Jones, Glacier Consulting

Concurrent Session B: The Latest From Certification Standards
1:30 – 3:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom B

Certification programs geared toward electronics recycling have become well-established over the past decade. How are they now evolving to help industry companies ensure safe operational environments and trustworthy processes for moving material and handling data? Leaders from R2, NAID and and e-Stewards provide valuable updates about their respective standards and lay out their visions for the role of certifications in the industry's future.

– Moderator: Darrell Kendall, RIOS

– Bob Johnson, National Association for Information Destruction

– Bob Akers, e-Stewards

– Sharada Rao, SERI/R2

Concurrent Session C: Pushing Forward Precious Metals Refining
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Empire Ballroom C

In the last few years, there have been significant advancements in e-scrap refining, with key innovators working to develop safer and more sustainable methodologies to extract precious metals from recovered materials. In this session, attendees will hear the latest updates from the researchers and company executives advancing the metals refining realm.

– Moderator: Adam Shine, Sunnking, Inc.

Exploring the Overall Landscape
– Chris Jones, Gannon & Scott

A Newcomer Weighs In
– Ollie Crush, Mint Innovation

Advances in Leaching Technology
– Duane Nelson, EnviroLeach Technologies, Inc.

Potential of Electrochemical Recovery
– Tedd Lister, Idaho National Laboratory

Concurrent Session D: State Program Evolution
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom A

Within the U.S., states are continuously pushing for better electronic waste programs. Though no new laws have come on the books in recent years, a number of states have tried of late to adjust existing frameworks to better align with the realities of today's material stream and other factors. To help put the national landscape into perspective, we hear from a variety of stakeholders who hold different roles -- and have varying views -- when it comes to today's program shifts.

– Moderator: Dennis Ward, Green Tracking Service

An Inside Look at One Updated Program
– Amanda Cotton, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Adjusting (and Profiting) From Processor Perspective
– Jeff Gloyd, URT Solutions

Where California May Be Headed
– Ana-Maria Stoian-Chu, CalRecycle

From the OEM Side
– Jonathan King, TCL North America

Concurrent Session E: The Global Sphere
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom B

As electronics recycling and reuse continues to evolve, global players are becoming increasingly interconnected and different corners of the world are encountering barriers and opportunities that carry worldwide repercussions. Be sure to take in this diverse panel of presenters representing stakeholders around the planet as they provide critical updates on how collection, processing, stewardship and more are progressing in their jurisdictions.

– Moderator: Anne Peters, Gracestone, Inc.

Navigating the Legal Jungle of WEEE
– Katharina Kummer Peiry, Kummer EcoConsult

How Mexico’s Industry Is Evolving
– Salvador Álvarez Río, ProAmbi

Alternatives for Efficient E-Waste Management in Latin America
– Consuelo Velarde, Belmont Trading Company

Concurrent Session F: Lithium-ion Batteries Explored
3:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom C

As the world becomes more mobile, lithium-ion batteries are showing up more often in the recycling stream. And with the technology being central to electric vehicles and other innovations, the lithium-ion flood is expected to only rise higher. In this session, hear from those with first-hand battery management experience as they cover essential safety precautions, effective processing methodologies, transport considerations and more.

– Moderator: Felix Hottenstein, MSS, Inc.

How to Ensure Worker Safety
– Rafael Reveles, Converge Engineering

The Federal Government Weighs In
– Brandon Bray, U.S. EPA

Facing Everyday Issues Head-On
– Gary Diamond, Shift Recycling

Findings on Battery Fires
– Robert Clatterbuck, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

thursday, october 11

Plenary Session III: All About ITAD
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. | Empire Ballroom bc

In this in-depth look at the market surrounding IT asset disposition, speakers will discuss the implications of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the ways ITAD could lure more outside investment dollars, the operational strategies of leading service providers, and much more. Attendees looking to move deeper into this growing segment of electronics recovery will get the info and tools they need for success.

– Moderator: Tony Sciarrotta, Reverse Logistics Association

A Primer on GDPR
– Sean Magann, Sims Recycling Solutions

What’s Trending? 
– Mark Chodos, Makor Solutions

An Investor’s Insight
– Kurt Lentz, New State Capital Partners

The Intricacies of Success
– Ken Ehresman, Advanced Technology Recycling

Concurrent Session G: The Intersection of Device Life span and Value
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom A

Processors and other industry stakeholders have become increasingly interested in keeping devices in the marketplace and out of the shredder, a strategy that can bring environmental and economic benefits. This session dives into a variety of efforts – from players across the value chain – that are helping to extend electronic life spans while also fulfilling the needs of the consumer marketplace.

– Moderator: Suzanne Curry, CHWMEG, Inc.

How Longevity Connects to Brand Loyalty
– Sara Behdad, University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

What's Shaping Reuse Right Now
– Serge Verdoux, Back Market

OEM Efforts to Keep Products in Circulation
– Walter Alcorn, Consumer Technology Association

Concurrent Session H: Changing Streams
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom b

How do we get a handle on what types of devices define the current end-of-life electronics stream? And more importantly, how do we make accurate predictions about how that composition will change? This session brings together e-scrap researchers and other stakeholders for a glimpse at some of the industry's latest benchmarking data as well as discussion about the ways measurement and analysis can keep industry professionals on top of materials shifts.

– Moderator: Jeff Bednar, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Tracking Trends in Consumers' Tech Spending
– Callie Babbitt, Rochester Institute of Technology

An ITAD Processor's Perspective
– TJ Barelmann, Cascade Asset Management

Impacts Felt in the Northeast
– Lynn Rubinstein, Northeast Recycling Council

Concurrent Session I: Material Obstacles of Today and Tomorrow
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. | Empire Ballroom C

Electronics recycling stakeholders have always had to contend with elements of the stream that cause economic and EH&S challenges, and that certainly reality holds true today. In this session, experts analyze concerns pertaining to CRTs (which have been negative-value for years), e-plastics (which have become more of a challenge of late) and solar panels (which may become a key industry issue in the years to come). Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the market situation for these materials and how to minimize bottom-line impacts.

– Moderator: Carole Mars, The Sustainability Consortium

Where Things Stand on CRTs
– Kelley Keogh, Greeneye Partners

Updates in E-plastics Processing
– Zhan “Bo” Zhang, BoMET Polymer

Tools to Handle LCDs
– Paudy O'Brien, Votechnik Technologies

Plenary Session IV: What to Expect from the Year Ahead
1:00 – 2:30 P.M. | Empire Ballroom bc

As the electronics recycling and repair sectors transform, opportunities for processor and program growth are always presenting themselves – even when markets and competition are tight. In the closing session of E-Scrap 2018, a team of expert panelists will help put you ahead of the curve by providing insight on the future of some of the most critical segments of electronics recovery.

– Moderator: Adam Dumes, Cohen Recycling

– Serdar Bankaci, CyberCrunch

– Miles Harter, Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations

– Rob Schafer, Gartner

– Gary Curtis, Schupan & Sons