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Latest news stories from E-Scrap News: Certification scorecard

Certification scorecard

May 11, 2016

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Recycling your mobile phone? Beware the empty price ‘promise’

I’ll admit it, I didn’t read the small print. So I almost paid the price when a £26 offer was cut by more than two-thirds

I’m an idiot, I don’t mind admitting it. In a fit of stupidity, and only seeing pounds signs, I was lured in by flashy marketing and failed to read the small print when looking to make some extra cash. I sent off an old mobile phone to a gadget recycling company without checking its credentials or terms of business – and it nearly cost me dear., part of Goodbye Gadgets, quoted me £26.75 for my old Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. It was in full working order with only one or two scratches and chips. There were three options when describing it: new, working and faulty. I picked working. “Super prices! We pay what we quote,” the website boasts. “Don’t trust other recyclers with their overinflated prices. Rapid Recycle will only give you the best!”

I had the option to decline, but – and here’s the real sting in the tail – I’d have to pay £7.99 to get my phone back

Some faults such as screen burn and pixel damage can be innocently overlooked by the seller

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Why a Deal Between Indianapolis and Covanta Hit a Legal Roadblock

City officials in Indianapolis, Ind., thought they had a great deal with a waste-to-energy firm until a state appeals court effectively said, “Not so fast.”

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Illinois bill illegally impacts R2

From the R2 Update Newsletter

The Illinois legislature is currently considering a proposal that attempts to change the R2 standard and certification program (and also e-Stewards).  House Bill 6321 – the bill currently under consideration –  includes language to prohibit Certification Bodies from taking any action if a certified recycler uses retrievable storage for CRT glass.  R2 does not allow retrievable storage of CRT glass, instead requiring that it be recycled.  The capacity exists for all CRT glass to be recycled.

Never before has a state attempted to dictate what a voluntary consensus-based standard can require.  And never before has a state attempted to prohibit Certification Bodies  from “taking negative action” when a certified company is not in conformance with such a standard.

SERI is working to prevent House Bill 6321 in its current form from becoming law.  SERI has hired a top-notch Illinois lobbying firm, and a highly respected legal team, as part of its comprehensive effort.  SERI’s objective is to have the bill amended by deleting  the language that seeks to prevent Certification Bodies from doing their jobs, as this would have serious negative ramifications for the integrity and value of the R2 certification program.

The current status of the bill is up in the air.  The Illinois House has passed it, however the Senate has not yet voted.  SERI is hopeful the legal arguments it has raised against a state intruding in a voluntary certification program will be persuasive to Senators, as well as the Governor’s and Attorney General’s offices, and that the legislature will strike the problematic language from the bill. 

SERI will provide updates as this matter continues to unfold.






SERI – Sustainable Electronics Recycling International

When whole electronics are considered Focus Materials

From the R2 Update Newsletter

The R2 requirement to track Focus Materials (FMs) includes whole electronic devices and components that contain FMs (circuit boards, batteries, mercury, CRT glass, and PCBs).  SERI has witnessed some examples of flowcharts and lists of downstream vendors that cover FMs that have been removed from equipment, but do not list and track whole electronics and components that contain FMs. 

Power supplies, for example, are an FM because each contains a circuit board.  Therefore, when they are removed from desktops and sent to a downstream vendor for further processing, they must be tracked and due diligence is required to qualify the downstream vendors processing the equipment. 

Provision 5(e) specifically states “that shipments of removed FMs, and shipments of equipment and components containing FMs” may only go to qualified downstream vendors that meet Provision 5(e) requirements.  

Other examples of devices and components that are considered FMs and subject to Provision 5(e) include AC Adapters, optical drives, floppy drives, cable boxes, DVRs, modems, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, routers, telephones, cell phones, etc.   Such devices, commonly referred to as “low value” or “consumer” electronics, are typically sent to shredders for materials recovery.  This stream of equipment must be controlled as each contains at least a circuit board. 

Bottom line:  Used electronics likely contain FMs, and therefore, if they are untested or non-working they must be tracked just like any other FM to qualified downstream vendors.



Latest news stories from E-Scrap News: Processor with deep ties to e-Stewards loses certification

Processor with deep ties to e-Stewards loses certification

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

May 5, 2016

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Latest news stories from E-Scrap News: Our top five stories from April

Our top five stories from April

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

May 4, 2016

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Low Commodities Prices Strike Again

The price of commodities isn’t getting any higher, and the waste and recycling industry is still feeling the blow from the low costs.

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Please send us your ideas for potential changes to the R2 Standard

From the R2 Update Newsletter

The R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is reviewing the R2:2013 Standard and identifying potential revisions for further consideration.  As an ANSI accredited standards developer, SERI seeks the opinions of all interested parties regarding potential revisions to the standard.  If you have potential revisions you would like the TAC to consider, please use the “Provide Input” button at the bottom of the Standards Development page on the SERI website.



SERI – Sustainable Electronics Recycling International

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