With Announcement of New iPhone, Poll Finds Questions Abound about Recycling Old Cell Phones

As plans for the new iPhone 5S and 5C are expected to be announced today at Apple’s Media Day, a new online poll conducted by Earth911 for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) finds that nearly 60 percent of the people who do not recycle old cell phones fail to do so because they either do not know where to recycle them or don’t trust that personal data will be destroyed. The results of this poll were released at the annual E-Scrap Conference, a gathering of more than 1,000 electronics recyclers, being held this week in Orlando.

“As people anxiously await the arrival of the latest iPhone, it is important to keep in mind the need to recycle old cell phones,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “The results of this poll fall in line with the recent report by the U.S. International Trade Commission indicating that only 25 percent of all household used electronic products are recycled. Using a certified electronics recycler guarantees that all personal data in the phone will be destroyed and gives the phone a second life either through the recovery of scrap commodities or refurbishment and use by those in this country or abroad who might not otherwise have access to such technology.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for every million cell phones, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered and reused.

“There’s still so much confusion about how to recycle cell phones and whether it can be done without potentially exposing personal data, even with an eco-savvy audience such as our readership,” said Mario Medina, creative director at Earth911. “Explaining the damage that e-scrap has on the environment and educating people on the options available for safely recycling cell phones will go a long way toward increasing the recycling rates.”

When considering an electronics recycler, consumers should take the following into consideration:

  • How long the recycler has been in business;
  • How long the recycler has been handling electronics;
  • Whether the recycler guarantees data destruction; and
  • Most importantly, whether the recycler is certified to handle electronics to the highest level of environmental, health and safety standards. A list of certified electronics recyclers can be found online at www.certifymerecycling.org/find-certified-facility.

To find out where to recycle other items at a location near you, visit the Earth911 Recycling Guide at earth911.com/recycling.

The poll question and answer results are below:

What is the main reason you haven’t recycled your old cell phone(s)?

  1. I might need it down the road. 21%
  2. I don’t know where to take it to be recycled. 30%
  3. I am worried about the safety of my personal info. 29%
  4. I just never get around to it. 20%

Note: The Earth911/ISRI Opinion Poll was conducted via the Earth911 website (www.Earth911.com) from June 20, 2013, to September 9, 2013, and was answered by 923 individuals.

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New Pricing Structure Announced for the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS™)

Recycling facilities, including non-profit organizations, are now able to become Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™) members at a reduced cost under a more streamlined price model.

For the first time, RIOS™ membership will now be available for a flat annual fee. Beginning immediately, all facilities are eligible for this new cost structure. These changes are permanent and reflect an ongoing effort to improve industry-wide recycling practices through responsible recycling certification.

RIOS™ certification is a globally accepted quality, environmental, health and safety (QEH&S) management system designed for and by recyclers. As the premiere certification for all scrap recyclers, RIOS™ provides assurance that a facility’s operations meet the highest standards in the industry. Additionally, RIOS™ meets the requirement in the R2:2013 Standard for an approved EH&S management system.

“With the changes to the R2 Standard, this is an ideal time for facilities to enroll in the RIOS™ program to comply with R2:2013 provision,” said RIOS™ Director Darrell Kendall. “The pricing initiative further raises awareness of the RIOS™ certification while offering recycling facilities of all sizes access to the best standard in the industry.”

The annual pricing structure follows:

 

Discounted Rate for ISRI Members

Non-Profit and Governmental

Standard RIOS™ Rate

First Facility

$1,250

$1,000

$4,200

Each Additional Facility

$1,200

$1,350

$3,500

 

The announcement of the new pricing model will be presented on September 10 at an educational certification session hosted by ISRI at the annual E-Scrap Conference in Orlando. RIOS™ will be promoted on the trade show floor at booth #709 during the conference. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the RIOS™ booth to meet the new RIOS™ Director, Darrell Kendall, to spin the RIOS™ trivia wheel and to learn about the “RIOS™ Golden Ticket.”

To learn more, or to become a RIOS™ member, contact Darrell Kendall at dkendall@certifymerecycling.org or 202-662-8528 or visit www.certifymerecycling.org.

E-Scrap Conference Kicks Off Today With Two ISRI Courses

REMINDER! ISRI will be offering two courses today taught be industry experts that will help electronic recyclers grow business. Starting at 8:00 a.m., ISRI Electronics Recycling Educational Program: “What’s New in R2 & RIOS,” will focus on the value of the R2 and RIOS certifications. This panel, which is comprised of recyclers that have gone through the certification processes, will give an inside look at the benefits of completing the R2:RIOS certification process. In addition, the panel will discuss the revisions to the standards, and how that will affect recyclers, as well as the importance of managing downstream.

Starting at 1:00 p.m., the course, ISRI Electronics Recycling Educational Program: How to Maximize Value in Reuse, is designed to help electronics recyclers exploit the reuse potential of used electronics equipment. Experts in reuse, refurbishment and resale will address a variety of opportunities to maximize value – including returns, repair, wireless devices, non-traditional equipment and components. Attendees will have the chance to learn from industry leaders who have built a profitable business in each of the key areas available to optimize the reuse market.

Both courses will be in the Celebration Room.

Please stop by booth #707 if you have any questions.

Welcome to E-Scrap

With registration officially open, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) would like to welcome all 2013 E-Scrap attendees to Orlando! As with every E-Scrap Conference, ISRI will be hosting and participating in a number of activities that we encourage everyone to attend. New this year, ISRI will be publishing e-Scrap Beat, a daily electronic newsletter that will be distributed each morning of the conference offering feature stories, highlights of the previous day, and what to look for in the day ahead. We hope this proves to be a valuable resource to those in Orlando and those unable to attend.

During your stay at E-Scrap, please stop by booth 707 to meet with ISRI staff who are available to answer any questions and to assist you with any membership needs.

For live updates throughout the Conference, follow ISRI on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Join ISRI for the Welcoming Reception

ISRI is proud to be hosting this year’s Welcoming Reception, to be held Tuesday, September 10, in the Ballroom Commons (in the event of inclement weather the reception will be moved toE-Scrap Welcome Reception the International Ballroom). As part of the festivities, all attendees will be issued a “Golden Ticket,” good for a free spin on the trivia wheel at the RIOSTM booth, #709, with the opportunity for valuable prizes.

ISRI would like to thank the following sponsors: AERC Recycling Solutions; Electronic Recyclers International, Inc.; HiTech Assets, Inc.; MRP Company; Regency Technologies, and Wistron.

Workshop to Explore How R2 & RIOS Certifications Can Help Expand Business

On Tuesday morning a comprehensive discussion, ISRI Electronics Recycling Educational Program: “What’s New in R2 & RIOS,” will take place about the value of the R2 and RIOS certifications. This panel, which is comprised of recyclers that have gone through the certification processes and understand the immense value, will give an inside look at the benefits of completing the R2:RIOS certification process. In addition to highlighting the broader value, the panel will discuss the revisions to the standards, and how that will affect recyclers, as well as the importance of managing downstream.

This is a perfect opportunity to find out how to lower your bottom line, yield a significant return on investment, expand sales globally, and show customers that you are dedicated to health and safety, industry best practices, and global and environmental responsibility.

The program will take place tomorrow at 8 am in the Celebration Room. Separate registration is required. The fee is $125 for ISRI members and $150 for non-ISRI members. Attendees will be issued a “Golden Ticket,” good for a free spin on the trivia wheel at the RIOSTM booth, #709, with the opportunity for valuable prizes.

For more information, contact Darrell Kendall or stop by booth #709.

ISRI Course Focuses on Reuse Potential of UEPs

The course, ISRI Electronics Recycling Educational Program: How to Maximize Value in Reuse, is designed to help electronics recyclers exploit the reuse potential of used electronics equipment. Experts in reuse, refurbishment and resale will address a variety of opportunities to maximize value – including returns, repair, wireless devices, non-traditional equipment and components. Attendees will have the chance to learn from industry leaders who have built a profitable business in each of the key areas available to optimize the reuse market. This ISRI short course will include a handout book of all the presentations.

The program will take place, Tuesday, September 10, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the Celebration Room. Separate registration is required. The fee is $125 for ISRI members and $150 for non-ISRI members. Attendees will be issued a “Golden Ticket,” good for a free spin on the trivia wheel at the RIOSTM booth, #709, with the opportunity for valuable prizes.

For more information, contact Eric Harris or stop by booth #707.

 

Full Listing of ISRI Events at E-Scrap

ISRI will be participating in and hosting a number of events at this year’s E-Scrap Conference. Below is a list of all the events ISRI will be involved in. As always, stop by booth 707 for more information or just to say hello!

Tuesday, September 10

ISRI Electronics Recycling Educational Program: “What’s New in R2 & RIOS”
8:00 a.m. – noon

ISRI Electronics Recycling Educational Program: “How to Maximize Value in Reuse”
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception hosted by ISRI
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 12

Concurrent Session H: The Return of the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. National Ballrooms C-D

E-Scrap Conference to gather electronics recycling industry

E-Scrap Conference to gather electronics recycling industry

A little more than a month remains before E-Scrap Conference takes place, an annual gathering in the U.S. solely focused on electronics recycling.

The conference is organized by Resource Recycling Inc., publisher of E-Scrap News and Resource Recycling. This year’s event takes place Sept. 19 and 20 in Dallas. Each year, a program of education and discussion of issues impacting the industry is organized.

While the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has held an annual workshop on RIOS™ and R2 certifications before the conference opens for several years, this year an ISRI-sponsored program is being featured in the agenda.  ISRI is also a platinum-level sponsor of the event.

The plenary session, set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 20, will be moderated by ISRI’s Joe Pickard and will focus on recycling markets for the metals found in electronics, such as gold, silver, copper and ferrous scrap. Speakers include William Adams, FastMarkets; Jeffrey Christian, CPM Group; and Spencer Johnson, INTL FCStone.

ISRI and R2 Solutions are sponsoring two educational workshops before the conference opens: “The Basics of R2:2008 & R2:2013” and “Due Diligence & Refurbishment Best Practices.” Session speakers include: John Lingelbach of R2 Solutions; Kelley Keogh of Greeneye Partners; Corey Dehmey of Momentum; Rike Sandlin of HiTech Assets; Tracey Blaszak of eRecycling Corps; and Sarah Commes of PC Rebuilders & Recyclers. For more information on the workshops, click here.

The program is full of valuable information, the conference organizer said.

“We’ll also look at CRT recycling issues, provide details on electronics shredding, review the key export issues and provide information on electronics recycling Europe,” said Jerry Powell, publisher of Resource Recycling.

Other topics on the agenda  include examinations of voluntary and regulatory consumer take-back programs, efforts to increase electronics recycling and methods of maximizing electronics recycling profitability.

In addition to the workshops and plenary sessions, the conference also features exhibits by more than 100 companies involved in electronics recycling.

Response to the conference has continued to strengthen, Powell said.

“We’ve sold out the exhibit hall (again) and we expect about 1,500 attendees. We already have registrants from more than 30 countries,” he said.

Registration for E-Scrap Conference is available online here.

For more information, visit http://www.e-scrapconference.com/.

ISRI is hosting an invitation-only reception on Sept. 18 before the conference begins. Sponsoring recyclers are AERC Recycling Solutions, Arrow, Avnet Integrated, Green Recycling Management LLC, HiTech Assets Inc., Regency Technologies, Wistron and Xstrata.