NCER Managed Compliance Calendar Website is One-Stop Location for Electronics Stakeholders

The e-cycle compliance calendar was developed as a project under the NCER managed Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC). ERCC’s Compliance Calendar arose from member discussions around the need for a one-stop location for stakeholders to view requirements across the state electronics recycling laws. By signing up for an account, you can save filters and sign up for email alerts for specific state deadlines or changes. Visit www.ecyclingcompliance.org for more information.

Oregon State Contractor Program Seeking Program Manager


Initial Posting Date: 02/09/2022
Application Deadline: 02/25/2022
Organization: National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER)
Salary Range: hourly negotiable, defined budget
Position Type: Contractor/Consultant
Position Title: Oregon E-Cycles State Contractor Program, Program Manager

About NCER

The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to the development and enhancement of a national infrastructure for the recycling of used electronics in the U.S. Since 2008, NCER has managed the Oregon State Contractor Program for Electronics Recycling (SCP), a program within Oregon E-Cycles through a contract with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The Oregon E-Cycles program was created by Oregon’s electronics recycling law and is financed by electronics manufacturers to provide free recycling of computers, monitors, TVs, keyboards, mice, and printers to households, small businesses, and nonprofits. This position has the opportunity to work with a dynamic and supportive team of mission-focused individuals tasked with providing convenient, responsible recycling for unwanted electronics in Oregon.

The SCP has a part-time opportunity available for a Program Manager. Although the position is remote, preferred candidates will be based in the Pacific Northwest.

Job Description:

You will serve as a technical expert in extended producer responsibility (EPR) supporting the implementation and evolution of the SCP. You will also oversee the day-to-day operations of the SCP, with a focus on three core complementary functions: 1) management of a collection network, 2) management of transporters and recyclers, and 3) public outreach and education.

Basic duties include:

Lead the development and continual improvement of the collector network

– Manage, maintain, and, as necessary, update collection sites and services
– Ensure the collection network meets or exceeds the convenience standards and environmental management practices
– Send quarterly newsletters to service providers to keep them informed

Data collection, management, and reporting

– Enter shipment requests and update our online database used for reporting and payment

Inspection and Oversight

– Oversee service providers to assure compliance with Environmental Management Practices (EMPs)
– Maintain documentation and records of oversight, inspections, audits, and compliance status
– Report any areas of concern in monthly reports to NCER and DEQ
– Take immediate steps to correct areas of concern, substandard performance, and nonperformance
– Ensure service providers meet or exceed insurance types and limits

Drive public outreach efforts

– Provide statewide outreach to covered entities
– Use logos, messaging, and materials developed by DEQ to achieve a consistent message
– Follow any outreach implementation plans as directed by DEQ

Management

-Attend meetings (virtual and in-person) with DEQ, other manufacturer programs, and recycling stakeholders regarding program performance and potential improvements
-Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual reports

What are we looking for?

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, environmental, behavioral or social sciences, or a related degree, AND 4 years of experience coordinating or administering a program (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable).

Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

Recycling program and project management experience, as well as knowledge of transportation/logistics issues.

Product stewardship: Understanding of the relationships between material production, marketing, and consumption, and an ability to identify reasonable regulatory and non-regulatory strategies to influence or shape market decisions.

Ability to build collaborative partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders.

Experience in basic word processing and data management programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel.

Excellent verbal and written communication, organization, and time management skills, with an ability to pay attention to detail, and an ability to work under tight deadlines with shifting priorities.

Working Conditions:

Work is primarily remote, in a location of your choosing. This position requires routine travel in Oregon for stakeholder and DEQ meetings, as well compliance oversight for collectors and processors.

How to Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to Executive Director Jason Linnell (jlinnell@electronicsrecycling.org)

This posting closes at 11:59 PM on the close date listed.

Please save a copy of the job announcement for your reference, as it may not be available for you to view after the job posting closes.

Be sure to check your email for updates regarding this recruitment.

Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, NCER will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.

The NCER strives to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity. Employees and contractors at all levels of the organization work together to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Experience may count towards the preferred qualification. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.

November E-Scrap Conference to be Held in Chicago

November 8-10, 2021
REGISTER HERE:
https://www.e-scrapconference.com/attendee-registration

The 2021 E-Scrap Conference will be held alongside the E-Reuse Conference November 8-10 at the Swissôtel in Downtown Chicago. During these unprecedented times, the shows are co-locating to help electronics sustainability leaders connect in-person while saving time and expenses.

Panel discussions and exclusive presentations will cover the following trends and critical topics:
-The latest electronics processing best practices
-How the market is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic
-Insight on the shifting stream of consumer electronics
-What to expect from state e-scrap programs
-Analysis of key commodity markets
-Strengthening relationships with IT asset disposition customers
-Details from industry certifications
-Much more

Stay tuned for more information on the full session schedule.

NCER Executive Director to Speak at NERC’s Spring Virtual Conference

The many challenges that recycling has faced over the past few years have created a fresh opportunity for us to take a look at our practices and strategies from new perspectives.  The Northeast Recycling Council’s (NERC) Spring Conference—Reframing Recycling—will focus on what we have learned from past experience, and provide a forum for discussing the industry’s future. NERC’s Conference will be held virtually on March 30 – 31 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern). The Conference Agenda features panel discussions and sessions with recycling’s most influential professionals from the US, Canada, and Germany.

The keynote panel on the first day focuses on a Canadian perspective of choosing the right EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) model and how EPR policies can be implemented in a manner that is effective, while at the same time efficient in achieving the desired outcome. Peter Hargreave of Policy Integrity Inc., Sara-Emmanuelle Dubois, of NovAxia Inc, and Pierre Benabidès of Lichens Recyclability will be the panelists.  The following session discusses resources for policy makers challenged with setting post-consumer recycled content requirements. The presenters are Dan Felton of Ameripen, Elizabeth Balkan of Reloop North America, and Heidi Sanborn of the National Stewardship Action Council.   The Conference continues with Alasdair K. Carmichael of NAPCOR, Kim Holmes of 4R Sustainability, and Scott Farling of Titus MRF Services, presenting on opportunities for rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) markets, as well as the potential of secondary sorting for removing more recyclables from the waste stream.

The second day begins with a panel discussion about compostable packaging, featuring Nora Goldstein of BioCycle CONNECT, Olga Kachook of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and Carla Castagnero of Agrecycle.  A session focusing on refillable bottle programs will feature Caren McNamara of Conscious Container, Jules Bailey of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, and Tobias Bielenstein of the Refillable Working Group Germany (Arbeitskreis Mehrweg GbR).   A session updating the progress made with EPR Programs for mattresses, paint and electronics will wrap up the day and the Conference, with Marie Clarke of the Mattress Recycling Council, Laura Honis and John Hurd of PaintCare, and Jason Linnell of the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) scheduled to discuss.

NCER To Attend Annual Meeting and Workshop at E-Scrap 2020 (Now Online!)

NCER will be participating in the (now virtual) E-Scrap Conference October 26-28. NCER Executive Director, Jason Linnell, will be leading a virtual workshop and member meeting for the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC), a membership organization for which NCER serves as administrative lead along with Northeast Recycling Council (NERC). ERCC will hold a member meeting the day before conference kick-off as well as a workshop in the afternoon.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26

ERCC Member Meeting
Time: 9am – 12pm
Where? Virtual (details TBA)
FREE and for ERCC Members Only.

ERCC Workshop (Topic TBA)
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where? Virtual (details TBA)

Oregon E-Cycles celebrates 10 years of electronics recycling

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Oregon E-Cycles, the statewide electronics recycling program managed by NCER under the Oregon State Contractor Program. More than 250 million pounds of electronics have been recycled and more than 410,000 electronic devices reused in the Oregon E-Cycle program’s first decade. Read more here.

e-Cycle Compliance Calendar Website Has Officially Launched

The Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC) – a membership organization co-administered by NCER – has officially launched the e-Cycle Compliance Calendar website. This website is a one-stop location for stakeholders such as collectors, manufacturers and recyclers to view and track requirements across the 25 state electronics recycling laws. The vision for the e-Cycle Compliance Calendar website originally sprung from conversation among ERCC members who wanted a comprehensive and public resource for tracking the complicated requirements under state electronics recycling laws. The multi-year effort to develop the database and website involved state agencies reviewing information about their laws as well as ERCC members giving input on the most effective ways to view and report data.  The site was made possible by a contribution from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

The e-Cycle Compliance Calendar website is available as a free resource at http://ecyclingcompliance.org. Any user can create and save custom reports by signing up for an account. With an account, users may also choose to receive email alerts for specific state deadlines or changes. The website will be maintained and updated by ERCC administrators. To be involved in the ongoing development process with this project and others, check out membership options by going to the ERCC website at: https://www.ecycleclearinghouse.org/contentpage.aspx?pageid=86.

For a tutorial on how to utilize the e-Cycle Compliance Calendar site, please see our latest webinar recording HERE.

Heavy Impacts from Lighter Devices

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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.

 

Successful ERCC Annual Meeting and Workshop at E-Scrap 2018

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.