As the electronic stream has evolved, funding models underpinning some state e-scrap programs have been thrown out of whack. NCER Executive Director, Jason Linnell, offers up the latest data on the issue and explains how states are trying to craft solutions in this article that originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of E-Scrap News.
In October 2018, the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC) held its annual member meeting and pre-conference workshop during the E-Scrap Conference in New Orleans, LA. Over 40 ERCC members attended the meeting with additional members listening in online. In the afternoon, ERCC held an open workshop with over 75 attendees entitled “Emerging Issues with State Electronics Recycling Laws.”
During the member meeting, a variety of current and future projects were discussed. One major project that will take shape after the first of the year will be ERCC’s Compliance Calendar website. The vision for this site originally sprung from conversation among member states and affiliate members and is an attempt to house a comprehensive resource on requirements under the state electronics recycling laws for all industry stakeholders. Other topics discussed at the member meeting were as follows:
- CRT Issues – Abandonment Cases, Markets, CT’s Tracking
- Market Share – Overview and Suggestions for Future
- Feedback on ERCC Activities /Priorities for 2018-19/ Potential for New Projects
The afternoon workshop on “Emerging Issues with State Electronics Recycling Laws” first featured a discussion on Product Scope Issues Under State Laws with Dana Lawson from NJ DEP moderating and speaker Anne Peters from Gracestone. Discussion then turned to lightweighting with a discussion on the Illinois Convenience Model. Moderator here was Jason Linnell (NCER). Speakers were Brandon Seegmiller from HP, Jason Linnell from NCER and Blake Bennett from the OR DEP. After a short break, discussion resumed with an update on Eco-Fees with Lynn Rubinstein (NERC) moderating and Walter Alcorn, CTA and Garth Hickle, Consultant as speakers. The final discussion before wrap-up was on Market Issues Impacting State Programs (specifically plastics and batteries). All in all, both the ERCC annual member meeting and the workshop experienced robust participation and provided multiple take-aways that will help ERCC with direction into 2019.
During the main E-Scrap agenda, NCER Executive Director, Jason Linnell, also spoke during Plenary Session II. His topic was “Hot Button Issues In 2018”. In this informative plenary session, attendees heard high-level speakers cover the latest trends that are shaping profitability and growth in electronics recovery right now. Topics covered included progress in tracking, an overview of the repair landscape, and an update on what to watch in the state programs. Moderator was Beth Johnson with Dell and panelists in addition to Jason included Jim Puckett from the Basel Action Network and Kyle Wiens from iFixit.
Jason’s presentation from this plenary session can be downloaded HERE.
The E-Scrap Conference will resume in 2019 in Orlando, Florida September 23rd through 25th.
NCER Executive Director, Jason Linnell, was interviewed in a recent article published by Popular Science. You can see the article HERE!
Recent CEC Study on Exports of Used Electronics from North America
NCER participated in the final phase of research with MIT for a study recently published by the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on the transboundary and domestic flows of used electronics in North America.
The full CEC press release is available at:
Read the study here:
U.S. consumers are estimated to have purchased more than 1 billion devices in 2015 with over 3.8 billion devices in use or storied in households.
Every year, new electronic cycles increase, leaving both a large amount of consumer electronics needing to be recycled and an exciting opportunity to enable electronic material reuse and materials recovery. Reuse, refurbishment, and recycling activities capture the value of the devices and their components, protect human health and the environment by executing responsible used device management, and conserve the resources embedded in the devices so they are available tomorrow for new uses. Continue reading “New Release! The Electronics Recycling Landscape Report”
The Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC) has released the first study comparing state-level consumer awareness levels of electronics recycling programs as well as other important consumer preferences. Previous surveys of consumer awareness on electronics recycling have focused on a nationwide rate or on a single state. ERCC undertook the surveys in order to establish an additional measure of performance for electronics recycling programs, and to compare rates of awareness of electronics recycling options among states as well as ask other important questions. After developing a survey script with 10 standard questions on awareness, collection preference, barriers to recycling and other topics, ERCC surveyed member states who stepped forward to fund their survey costs, as well as other member and non-member states made possible by affiliate member contributions.
In all, ERCC surveyed 6 states WITHOUT electronics recycling laws and 6 states WITH electronics recycling laws at varying levels of confidence. To carry out the surveys, ERCC contracted with Service 800, a company with 20 years of experience in the design and execution of customer satisfaction measurement surveys.
A list of the states participating in the survey were as follows:
- New York
The consumer awareness surveys accumulated information on the following key topic areas:
- Consumers’ knowledge of electronics recycling opportunities
- How consumers handle electronics at end of life
- Barriers to recycling used/unwanted electronics
- Consumers’ knowledge of landfill bans
To read the Consumer Awareness Survey summary report in its entirety, you can find it HERE. For more information on ERCC, please see www.ecycleclearinghouse.org
The ERCC held a workshop at E-Scrap 2015 in Orlando, FL on Tuesday, September 1st.
This workshop, hosted by the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC), discussed recent trends of increasing calls for modifications to legislated state electronics recycling programs. Many state programs are holding stakeholder discussions and contemplating legislative changes to address challenges in implementation. Workshop attendees heard from a panel of manufacturers about their views on what is working and where programs should head. They also worked in small groups to develop constructive next steps and a common understanding of the issues.
The agenda was as follows:
1:00 – 1:15 PM – Introductions and Overview
ERCC Background; Summary and results of 2014 workshop; Goals for the workshop
1:15 – 2:15 PM – Q&A Session with Manufacturers: What’s Working/What’s Not with State Laws? What is the preferred role for the manufacturer?
2:15 – 2:45 PM – Small Group Sessions. Reactions to manufacturer suggestions and survey questions; What challenges are faced by other stakeholders?; What are potential solutions to the overlapping challenges?
2:45 – 3:00 PM – Break
3:00 – 3:30 PM – Report from Small Groups – Any ideas from more than one group overlap? How feasible are they?
3:30 – 4:00 PM – Areas of Agreement/ Potential ERCC Action
Notes from Workshop:
- State Targets
- Manufacturer Enforcement
- Verification of recycling costs
- Sales Data (state vs. national vs. 3rd party data)
- Communications Channels can be cumbersome
- Definitions: Manufacturers and States working together. Set unified calendars. Product scope uniformity.
- Sales Data: set up a dispute resolution regime.
- Verification: Create templates for downstream verifications.
- Industry needs to unify and become clear unifying leader in efforts, followed by states.
- Map out which states have more flexibility to make changes vs. those who require legislative fixes.
Executive Director, Jason Linnell, will be speaking on a moderated panel on Tuesday, December 8th at the 2015 U.S. Product Stewardship Forum in Boston, MA. The panel features industry experts on management of paint, electronics and thermostats.
Topics discussed will be as follows:
- How did these programs begin?
- How did the pioneers gain and maintain momentum around these issues?
- How do we evaluate program performance?
- What lessons learned can apply to other emerging programs?
- What challenges did these programs face; how were they overcome?
For more information about the Forum, visit the PSI website.