August 2010

E-Scrap 2010 Conference

E-Scrap 2010 Conference

All business success is people powered, and the E-Scrap Conference is the place where the electronics recycling business meets. Now in its eighth year, the E-Scrap Conference has enjoyed meteoric success, rapidly becoming the largest conference and tradeshow devoted exclusively to electronics recycling in North America. But, with over 950 attendees and 90 exhibitors from 17 countries in 2009, the conference has truly become a global meeting place. With an international attendance representing organizations big and small, the E-Scrap Conference is both a forum for the latest recycling issues, and a marketplace for serious professionals.

The upcoming E-Scrap 2010 Conference is on pace to break last year’s records and further the conference’s reputation as the premier electronics recycling conference and the best place to network with clients, prospective partners, colleagues, vendors, and industry leaders. E-Scrap 2010 will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 29-30. With an exhibit hall packed with the top equipment manufacturers, processors, brokers, refurbishers, collection firms and government and non-profit organizations, the networking power of the E-Scrap Conference cannot be overstated. Quite frankly, it’s where the electronics recycling industry meets.

It’s also where the electronics recycling industry goes to keep up to speed on the latest news, market information, policy updates and regulatory compliance information.

This year’s E-Scrap Conference is set to hit the ground running, with opening remarks from the leading voices in electronics recycling and product stewardship. The two-day annual showcase of the latest and greatest in electronics collection, refurbishment and processing will kick off with a Chris Adam of Converge, presenting the global market consultancy’s latest findings on IT asset disposal trends. Following Mr. Adam will be Robin Wiener, of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. and Walter Alcorn of the Consumer Electronics Association who will offer their assessment of the big picture issues facing electronics recycling in the coming year.

Other major topics discussed at the conference revolve around certification and auditing. Emerging certification standards have been a major issue in the past year and many processors are still trying to make sense of their options. To help shed light on these issues, the conference will feature a first-of-its kind dialog of firms who have completed, or are in the process of completing, the major e-scrap processing certifications, offering an objective take on the latest standards. Joining moderator Jerry Powell, Executive Editor of E-Scrap News and President of parent company Resource Recycling, Inc. will be Shelagh Kerr of Electronics Product Stewardship Canada, Kelley Keogh of Sin Fronteras EH Consulting, Theresa Bauer of Materials Processing, Tom Pritchett of Universal Recycling Technologies, and Peggy Halferty of Total Reclaim.

A persistent topic that keeps the electronics recycling industry on its toes is the processing of CRT glass, and the related issues surrounding responsible processing and best practices. With downstream processing disruptions, environmental pressure and an uncertain future, e-scrap firms handling CRT glass are getting hit from all sides. In what will be a major topic at the 2010 E-Scrap Conference, a panel of experts will present their experiences in the CRT glass recycling market, and share tips on how firms can best meet tomorrow’s challenges. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Kenneth Schefski will give an overview of the U.S. EPA’s CRT Rule. From the private sector, Simon Greer, of Nulife Glass and Bill McGeever of ECS Refining, will give an overview of new precessing strategies and their experience succeeding in CRT glass recycling.

Another session that can’t be missed focuses on the downstream auditing practices of major OEMs. With producer responsibility seemingly the preferred e-scrap handling method being adopted by states, it is increasingly important to understand how OEMs ensure their materials are processed responsibly. On stage to discuss downstream auditing standards and techniques will be representatives from HP, Sony and Panasonic.

Other session topics being covered at the conference this year include the latest developments in processing technology, reuse and refurbishment techniques and policy, an overview of the latest legislative developments in the U.S. and Canada, the latest updates to Europe’s WEEE Directive, and many other sessions that promise to be a valuable resource for both newcomers and veterans in electronics recycling.

Electronics recycling can easily be described as the frontier of the recycling world. The United States alone generates over 3 million tons of electronic waste every year, including computers, IT equipment, monitors, TVs, stereos, and other common electronics. From the rise in producer responsibility and community collection programs, to the rapidly increasing pace of technological obsolescence, to concerns over the growing environmental and humanitarian threat posed by e-scrap exports to the third world, electronics recycling has plenty of good, bad and ugly issues to go around.

The E-Scrap Conference is the place the industry meets to share information, make connections and work to improve the quality, effectiveness and environmental sustainability of electronics recycling operations in North America and across the globe. This year’s conference will build on a reputation of quality and excellence in one of the world’s fastest growing environmental fields. Mark your calendars for September 29-30 in New Orleans and come build something with us. For more information on the conference, visit www.e-scrapconference.com.

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