About NCER

The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2005 that is dedicated to the development and enhancement of a national infrastructure for the recycling of used electronics in the U.S. through 1) the coordination of initiatives targeting the recycling of used electronics in the United States, 2) participation in pilot projects to advance and encourage electronics recycling, and 3) the development of programs that reduce the burden of government through private management of electronics recycling systems. At the local level, the NCER has spearheaded an electronics recycling initiative in the state of West Virginia, which has increased awareness in the state, prevented hundreds of thousands of pounds of electronics from entering state landfills, and helped spur the local recycling industry.

While the NCER does not take positions on legislative proposals for electronics recycling systems, the NCER is ready to assist in the implementation of recycling programs across the country and believes that national and regional approaches offer the best way forward. When feasible, the following principles should be incorporated in any consideration of systems for managing used electronics:

  • Any system should allow flexibility and encourage competition for the collection, transportation, and recycling of used electronics.
  • To the greatest extent possible, local, state, and regional stakeholders should strive to develop systems that are integrated and function together in order to create efficiencies.
  • All state or regional-based systems should avoid legal or regulatory requirements that would prevent the establishment of a national system in the future.
  • In any system, opportunities for the private administration of the recycling system that may create more efficient systems should be explored.
  • Any system should seek national and regional consistency for compliance and data collection.

NCER has never and still does not directly collect or recycle electronics, but assists others whose desire is to do this.

For more information on the NCER, please contact Jason Linnell, Executive Director, 304-699-1008, or jlinnell@electronicsrecycling.org.

Staff Bios

Jason Linnell

Jason Linnell is Executive Director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER). ). Jason leads all daily activities of the NCER, including research on electronics recycling data and policy as well as management of the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC). Under Jason’s direction, the NCER manages and oversees the statewide networks of collectors and recyclers for the Oregon State Contractor Program and Vermont State Standard Plan.  Prior to forming the NCER in 2005, Jason worked in the Environmental Affairs Department for the Electronic Industries Alliance where he led industry negotiations on electronics recycling policy efforts and helped developed the industry’s first comprehensive consumer education initiative on electronics recycling options. Jason represented industry at numerous state, national, and international conferences and policy discussions, including the National Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI).

Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University. Jason is married to Samara, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and has four sons and one daughter. Jason’s interests include playing racquetball, jazz, and enjoying the outdoors with his wife and children.

Heather Smith

Heather Smith is NCER’s Senior Manager. Heather’s primary duties at the NCER include managing data entry and data analysis for multiple online data repositories, and handling press relations, advertising, marketing, and web-related tasks for the organization. She is also the primary administrative contact for the Oregon and Vermont State Plans and handles most of the reporting for these two programs. Historically, she has planned dozens of electronics collection events around the state of West Virginia and has helped guide businesses and local governments to properly execute their own e-cycling events.

Previous to NCER, Heather worked as the Circulation Director for Bird Watcher’s Digest and Marketing Manager/Graphic Designer for Woodcraft Supply. She also sold real estate for eight years with Homefinders Realty in Vienna, WV. Heather is a West Virginia native, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science from West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. She is married to husband William, has two daughters, and resides in Williamstown, WV. In her spare time, Heather teaches wellness classes on essential oils. She is also a Trustee for her church and has served on the Board of Directors for a local recreational soccer organization.

Robert Ward

Robert Ward is NCER’s Data Coordinator, which includes tracking information from statewide recycling programs across the country. A two-time graduate of Ohio University, he has worked as a database architect/administrator in a variety of fields, including industrial manufacturing, financial services, higher education and tourism. He has also worked as a reporter for a number of publications throughout Ohio and West Virginia. When not working, Robert enjoys writing autobiographical sketches, reading, playing and recording music, and hiking.

Board of Directors

Clare Lindsay – President

Clare Lindsay recently retired from EPA where she worked for 20 years on resource conservation issues. Most recently, Ms. Lindsay was a Senior Policy Advisor and Project Director for Product Stewardship in the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. Ms. Lindsay led EPA’s efforts to initiate the first-ever national dialogue on electronics product stewardship in the US; this initiative catalyzed and informed action by numerous states that now have electronics takeback laws. She actively participated in development of many product stewardship initiatives addressing products as diverse as packaging, carpet, office furniture, and paint.

Ms. Lindsay founded and co-lead a cross-office network of EPA professionals seeking to promote more coordinated EPA engagement in development of multi attribute sustainable product standards. This team made recommendations to senior EPA leaders on ways for EPA to increase its leadership in this growing movement. Ms. Lindsay was one of the primary authors of a roadmap for EPA leadership on sustainable materials management.

Before coming to EPA, Ms. Lindsay practiced environmental and energy law in the private sector. She has an undergraduate degree from Smith College and a J.D. from George Washington University.

Walter Alcorn – Vice President

Walter Alcorn is vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent’s largest annual tradeshow, the International CES®. Mr. Alcorn is responsible for legislative initiatives impacting electronic product recycling, design, eco-labeling and hazardous materials restrictions. He currently coordinates CEA’s eCycling Leadership Initiative.

Previously Mr. Alcorn was a nationally recognized environmental consultant specializing in electronics recycling systems, and with Jason Linnell co-founded the NCER in 2005.  Walter has authored and co-authored numerous studies and research products on e-waste issues.

Wayne Rifer – At Large

Wayne Rifer is EPEAT Director of Research for the Green Electronics Council. Mr. Rifer participated as a negotiator in the national negotiation to design a funding system to recycle discarded electronic products – the National Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI). He initiated and managed the stakeholder process to develop EPEAT – Electronics Product Environmental Assessment Tool – a procurement tool for environmentally preferable electronics (see www.epeat.net), and is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition.

J. Ray Kirby

Dr. J. Ray Kirby is currently serving as a consultant for SDR Technologies. SDR Technologies primary role involves the demonstration testing of various candidate technologies and processes associated with the recovery of plastics from end of life electronics (EOLE) for reuse and recycling applications.
At the time of his retirement from IBM in 2001, Dr. Kirby was serving as manager of the IBM Engineering Center for Environmentally Conscious Products (ECECP) located at Research Triangle Park, N.C. It provided needed research and guidance to IBM’s worldwide development, manufacturing, marketing, and services groups. Prior to joining IBM in 1984, he was employed by Monsanto where his specialty was the analytical characterization of acrylic, nylon and polyester polymers and fibers. He played a major role in development of self-extinguishing fiber used in children’s sleepwear.
He completed his undergraduate studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. and obtained his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and Physics from Duke University in Durham, N.C. Dr. Kirby is author of numerous inter-company and open literature publications.

Doug Ritchie -Treasurer

Doug Ritchie is the founder of SDR Plastics, Inc, located in Ravenswood, WV, STAR Plastics, Inc. and SDR Technologies, LLC, EcoTech Polymers, Inc located at Millwood, WV. SDR Plastics and its companies produce compounded plastics which are sold into the electrical and electronic markets. The companies have always been involved in recycling post industrial and currently offers high quality post consumer content plastic compounds.
Mr. Ritchie is personally involved in a number of professional affiliations. An example of these being an officer of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Board member of Polymer Alliance Zone, Member of Society of Plastics Engineering (SPE) and Past Chairman of the Jackson County Community Foundation. His commitment to these affiliations represents his professional and community spirit.
He is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia and obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Business Management and a Minor in Economics.

Carole Cifrino – At Large

Carole Cifrino is the Program Manager of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Product Management Programs. Her responsibilities include implementation of product stewardship programs for electronics, mercury-added thermostats, mercury-added lamps, mercury auto switches, cell phones, and architectural paint. Ms. Cifrino also manages the Mercury-Added Products Notification and Labeling Programs, the administration of Maine’s Container Redemption Law (the “Bottle Bill”), and oversees data management on solid waste and recycling for Maine DEP. She currently serves on the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse Executive Committee, and is an ex officio member of the Executive Board of the Maine Resource Recovery Association.

In her previous work at Maine DEP, Carole was the project manager on several commercial, industrial and municipal landfills. She also has professional experience in hazardous waste site clean up, landscape design & construction, and residential energy auditing. Carole has served 6 years on her local School Board and currently serves on her municipal recycling committee. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, and a M.S. in Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine.