ERCC Held Workshop at E-Scrap 2015

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:

TOP CHALLENGES:

  • Definitions
  • State Targets
  • Manufacturer Enforcement
  • Verification of recycling costs
  • Sales Data (state vs. national vs. 3rd party data)
  • Communications Channels can be cumbersome

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS:

  • 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.