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.