ISRI Convention schedule firming up

The Institute of Scrap Recycling industry’s 2013 Convention and Expo, to be held April 10-13 in Orlando, Fla., is just two short months away.  Registration is now  open for the event, which includes a number of educational and networking opportunities for recyclers.
Each year, the electronics recycling programs become stronger and offer richer opportunities for industry insiders and innovators to share ideas and solve problems to strengthen their electronics recycling businesses.
“The ISRI expo and conference brings together the leaders of the electronics recycling industry from all across the globe and is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the industry,” Eric Harris, Associate Counsel and Director of Government and International Affairs for ISRI, said.
Last year’s agenda involved real-world discussions of current topics in the industry, including discussions on CRT management, panel discussions on international trade in electronics recycling, workshops introducing non-certified recyclers to the R2/ RIOS™ certification program and discussions on why obtaining the certifications are vital to the industry.
While the full schedule has yet to be released, here are some of the confirmed events on the schedule at the April event.

Educational Program –
2 Short Courses

  • 8 a.m. – noon Electronics Recycling Fundamentals – what you need to know

Course Description: This short course is designed for those getting involved or interested in electronics recycling. It is intended to provide an overview of the industry and key factors that affect it – including materials processing, reuse, and responsible recycling practices.

  • 1-5 p.m. R2/RIOS-Certified Electronics Recycler™Promoting value & pushing the evolution of the industry

Course Description: This short course is designed for those interested in certification but who have not yet gone through the process. It will include tutorials on the R2 and RIOS standards – including pending changes – as well as how to prepare for certification. And it will provide perspectives on the importance and value of certification from OEMs, Recyclers and Refurbishers.


  • 10-11:15 a.m.: Kick-off to the Electronics Recycling SUMMIT® Program

Session Description: This initial session of the electronics recycling track for the ISRI Convention program includes an overview of the ISRI Electronics Division and the program track – as well as two special presentations on the “Electronics Recycling Market Outlook”.

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Spotlight on Electronics

Session Description: This year’s Spotlight on Electronics is a special panel of venture capitalists on “Venture Capital Perspectives on the Electronics Recycling Industry” – with a focus on industry M&A and consolidation activities, considerations and outlook. It addresses the question – why invest in the electronics recycling industry?

  • 2-3:15 p.m.: How Electronics Recyclers Handle Problem Materials Responsibly

Session Description: There are a number of materials in electronics equipment that present problems and challenges for a recycler – because of the potential hazards, regulations and costs involved. This session will address the proper handling and processing alternatives available for CRT glass, batteries and mercury-containing devices.


  • 10-11:15 a.m.: U.S. – Global Summit on Electronics Recycling

Developed with the U.S. Department of Commerce

Session Description: The U.S.-Global Summit on Electronics Recycling is comprised of a panel of international experts who will provide perspectives, updates and outlooks on electronics recycling regulations and programs in their countries.

  • 11:30 a.m-12:45 p.m.: Maximizing Value in Electronics Recycling

Session Description: This session will introduce new processing technologies, methodologies and best practices in electronics recycling – including hydrometallurgical precious metals refining, optimizing reuse and plastics recycling.


  • 8 – 9:30 a.m. The Chair-Elect’s General Session Speaker: Tom Brokaw, Former Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News

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