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.
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.
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!
On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Executive Director Jason Linnell Was Featured As One of Several Expert Voices in the Electronics Recycling Industry During A Senate Recycling Caucus
“The U.S. electronics recycling industry has shown tremendous growth over the past 10 years. This maturing segment of the scrap recycling industry provides a boost of approximately $20.6 billion, including exports of $1.45 billion, to the U.S. economy (up from less than $1 billion in 2002) and employs more than 45,000 full time employees (up from 6,000 in 2002). In 2011, the U.S. electronics recycling industry processed more than 4.4 million tons of used and end-of-life electronics equipment.” – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Opening Remarks Were Given By: Recycling Caucus Chairs, Senator Tom Carper and Senator John Boozman
Moderator: George Hinkle, President, ARCOA Group
- Walter Alcorn, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability, Consumer Technology Association
- Callie Babbitt, Associate Professor at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology
- Sarah Cade, Co-founder, E-Reuse Services
- Jason Linnell, Executive Director, National Center for Electronics Recycling
- Christina Meskers, Senior Program Manager, Precompetitive Research, Umicore
In September, the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC) held its annual member meeting and pre-conference workshop during the E-Scrap Conference in Orlando, Florida on September 18th. 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 “Eco-Fees and CRTs: The Past and Possible Future of State Electronics Recycling Programs.”
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 major topics discussed included market share data for recycling responsibility, the importance of retailer outreach and engagement, and best practices for tracking and sharing data on state mandated recycling programs. The final topic features presentations by Sarah Murray of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Amanda Cotton of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on the use of data management software and other best practices. The members also heard an overview from Walter Alcorn of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) on the last data showing that a downward trend continuing of 28% of US households still using or storing at least one Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) TV in their home, and 17% of households with at least one CRT monitor.
The workshop on “Eco-Fees and CRTs” featured small group working sessions after two quick panel discussions to set up the major issues. Participants were assigned tables with a balance of stakeholder type represented at each (government, manufacturer, recycler, etc.). Each table was tasked with discussion questions such as: 1) what are the potential benefits and drawbacks of eco-fee approaches for the US? 2) What questions would need to be addressed for using them at the state and federal level? 3) Is this different for a state with or without laws? 4) What are best practices for tracking and overseeing recyclers who manage CRTs and CRT glass? 5) What new ideas might help all stakeholders in the future? 6) How can ERCC help to create best practices for tracking CRT glass? 7) What do we do when there is a problem? Some of the challenges communicated about eco-fees during the group discussions were deciding how the fees would be determined and who would collect them, how a recycler would be chosen and how we could ensure that devices are actually recycled. On the positive side, participants noted that eco-fees might be able to drive good environmental performance, could be a valuable educational tool, might drive down competition, would offer a potentially better auditing process, and might simplify compliance. On the topic of CRTs and CRT glass, most groups agreed that financial assurance and downstream tracking was a concern and required consistency. Some thought it was important that a facility could declare a maximum capacity, and felt that regular inspections to monitor capacity concerns should be built-in. The need for trained auditors and enforcement were also mentioned as keys to a more competent system. All in all, both the annual member meeting and the workshop experienced robust participation and provided multiple take-aways that will help ERCC with direction into 2018. Please contact Jason Linnell if you have any questions.
NCER Executive Director Speaks During Plenary Session II At
E-Scrap – Topic: What’s Trending Now
Moderator: Corey Dehmey, SERI
– Bob Johnson, National Association for Information Destruction
– Jason Linnell, NCER
– Sarah Downes, ProSUM
– David Daoud, Compliance Standards
Jason’s presentation can be downloaded HERE.
Photo Credits: Brian Adams
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:
Looking Back and Planning Forward: Progress Under State Laws and the Challenge of the Changing E-Scrap Pile
Tuesday, September 20 / 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Free for ERCC Members / $75 for non-ERCC Members / Registration required
This workshop, hosted by the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC), will discuss the latest successes and challenges under the implementation of the 25 state electronics recycling laws (and now DC). Workshop participants will hear about the latest updates to the laws from this year, such as those in Minnesota, and discuss what lessons can be drawn from them. The workshop will also address how these programs will need to adapt to the changing mix of product types that are expected in the recycling stream over the next several years. ERCC welcomes all participants to attend in order to bring their observations to this lively discussion.