SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

 

Wednesday, September 21

 

Plenary Session I
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Celestin Ballroom DE

Inside The Material World

Industry heads come together for a frank discussion on the changing material stream in both the consumer and enterprise sectors.  What materials and issues will be most challenging for stakeholders to manage in the coming decade?  How can processors and others pivot now to set themselves up for profits and away from pitfalls?  These experts provide insights based on research and first-hand experience.

– Moderator: Jeff Sacre, CHWMEG

– Billy Johnson, ISRI 
– Adam Dumes, Cohen Electronics
– Steve Skurnac, Sims Recycling Solutions
– Craig Boswell, HOBI International

 

Plenary Session II
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Celestin Ballroom DE

Connections Across Continents

The global nature of electronics recovery and recycling continues to evolve as innovation redefines the landscape in many corners of the world, debates over exports rage on, and generation of end-of-life material grows in developing markets.  This far-reaching session offers details on undercover tracking of scrap electronics and new research on what is being sent where all around the globe -- and what is happening to it.

–Moderator: Kelley Keogh, Greeneye Partners

– Jim Puckett, BAN
– Verena Radulovic, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
– Kees Balde, United Nations University

 

Concurrent Session A
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Celestin Ballroom DE

Deconstructing Design

This session, constructed in collaboration with the U.S. EPA, will offer perspectives from throughout the value stream on how to better design new electronics so that they can be handled more efficiently at end-of-life.  Hear from a brand owner, an equipment maker, a refurbisher and a recycler.  These experts help attendees better understand the realities facing partners throughout the recycling stream and aim to spark critical dialogue to develop a more cohesive electronics ecosystem.  

– Moderator: Karen Pollard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

– Carole Mars, The Sustainability Consortium
– Kyle Wiens, iFixit
– Miles Harter, Dynamic Recycling
– Beth Johnson, Dell

 

Concurrent Session B
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Celestin Ballroom A-C

E-Scrap Academy Track: Let's Make a Deal

In the last year, a number of e-scrap firms were involved in mergers or secured outside investments to help lift operations. How did those deals materialize? Speakers describe the ways industry companies have been able to partner with investors and better position themselves in the current market. Attendees can expect to walk away with practical financing tools to bring back to their own offices as well as a deeper understanding of the state of the industry overall.

– Moderator: Dan Leif, E-Scrap News

– Ryan Schultz, Caretta
– Serdar Bankaci, Commonwealth Computer Recycling
– Joe Connors, Commonwealth Computer Recycling
 

Concurrent Session C
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Celestin Ballroom DE

OEMs Open Up

How can original equipment manufacturers and the e-scrap industry sync up to smooth over differences in recovery programs and push forward partnerships? This workshop-style session, hosted by the Consumer Technology Association, brings OEM leaders together, allowing them to express concerns and lay out their perspectives on policy, device design, contracts and more.

– Moderator: Walter Alcorn, Consumer Technology Association

– Doug Smith, Sony
– Caitlin Sanchez, Vizio
– David Thompson, Panasonic
– Beth Johnson, Dell

 

Concurrent Session D
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. CELESTIN BALLROOM A-C

E-Scrap Academy Track: Rising Revenues in Reuse and Repair

As consumer electronics shrink, so can the profit margins of companies that are just looking for the value in e-scrap commodity streams.  These seasoned electronics refurbishment professionals offer tips and tools to help e-scrap entities of all sizes fix the incoming material stream to increase profits.

– Moderator: Kyle Wiens, iFixit

– Willie Cade, PC Rebuilders & Recyclers
– Tyler Shegerian, Electronic Recyclers International
– Joe Morrow, Belmont Trading

 

Thursday, September 22

 

Plenary Session III
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Celestin Ballroom DE

The State of State Programs

The 25 U.S. states that have electronics recycling measures on the books are of critical importance to the e-scrap industry as a whole, and many of those states are in the process of adjusting their programs to align with the realities of today's electronics landscape. Policy pros discuss how some state initiatives have fallen short and what can be done to fix them. They also discuss e-scrap opportunities surfacing amid the evolution of legislation.

– Moderator: Jason Linnell, National Center for Electronics Recycling

– Chris Ross, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
– Garth Hickle, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
– Jeff Bednar, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection 
– Resa Dimino, Product Stewardship Institute
– Marcy McGrath, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources  

 

Concurrent Session E
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Celestin Ballroom DE

Glass Problems on Display

Concerns continue to swirl around CRT glass markets, and they're being compounded by growing numbers of low-value flat-panel devices in the recycling stream. In this info-packed session, experts dive deep into the display-device recycling market, and they discuss technologies and possible solutions to the CRT and flat-panel problems that continue to vex many industry players.

– Moderator: Jeff Gloyd, URT Solutions

– Joe Kakesh, Wiley-Rein LLP
– Tracy Atagi, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
– Dylan de Thomas, E-Scrap News

 

Concurrent Session F
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Celestin Ballroom A-C

E-Scrap Academy Track: running facilities right

Regardless of whether you run a large-scale operation or are trying to grow a smaller facility, equipment and process is essential.  But it can be difficult to decide what specific pieces of machinery are right for a given recycling or refurbishment line.  This wide-ranging session offers details on the tools available to operators need, how to use them safely and how to get the job done as cost-effectively as possible.

Moderator: Eric Harris

– Rafael Reveles, Sims Recycling Solutions
– Diana Ceballos, Harvard School of Public Health
– Thomas Vetsch, Immark AG
– Lloyd Andrew, Envirosh 

 

Plenary Session IV
1:00 – 2:30 pm | Celestin Ballroom DE

ON THE TRAIL OF USED ELECTRONICS

This moderated discussion offers details and opportunities for collaboration on a project from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development surrounding the flows of scrap electronics in the U.S. This session, offered in association with EPA and RTI International, includes a presentation of a proof-of-concept model being used to better understand movement of materials. The session also includes a facilitated discussion that allows all stakeholders to get their perspectives into the conversation. Click on the title for more information on this session. 

– Session Chair: Teri Richardson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 Moderator: Coleen Northeim, RTI International

– Endalkachew Sahle-Demessie, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
– Jeffrey Petrusa, RTI International
– John Glaser, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency