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This US News article published April 22, 2016 highlights the issues that face our industry:
CLOSED LOOP RECYCLING CLOSES!
As you are probably aware yet another site has been exposed in Arizona for stockpiling CRT glass. A significant amount of this glass came from California.
The same company, Closed Loop Recycling had an additional warehousing operation in Columbus, Ohio. Rough estimates show that Closed Loop has accumulated a combined total between the two sites of approximately 91 million pounds!
e-Recycling of California has never shipped any CRT glass to Closed Loop.
e-Recycling of California actually processes and continues to process the CRT glass in Irvine, CA where the DTSC regularly inspects the facility.
During the past few years the electronics recycling industry has struggled to remain economically viable. The dramatic drop in commodity prices, the increasing cost of labor and the narrowing of sites to discard hazardous material has created an environment for some businesses to use short cuts in order to remain competitive. Some recyclers have made the unethical decision to ship whole units to organizations that simply dump their e-waste in violation of environmental law and in some cases human rights laws. E-Waste dumping is illegal and immoral. These devices contain toxic materials like lead, cadmium and mercury and when illegally dumped contaminate soil and groundwater. Worst of all a human health risk is created when the printed circuit boards are illegally burned to extract the precious metals.
You, your company, the communities, and customers you serve can rest assured that your e-waste is being handled in an environmentally safe manner following state and federal regulations. There is a cost for handling e-waste to ensure that the material is processed to meet environmentally set standards. But there is even a greater cost (potential civil and criminal) for not adhering to state and federal regulations.
We appreciate and value your faith in e-Recycling of California as your recycler especially in these tough economic times. Thank you for continuing to partner with e-Recycling of California, protecting the environment for generations to come.
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By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News
CRT outlet Closed Loop nears collapse
April 14, 2016
“The most recent storage estimates available suggest there is at least 91 million pounds of CRT material on the ground in Ohio and Arizona. That number could be a low estimate, however.”
– Closed Loop’s Arizona landlord
Univision affiliate Costa Central featured a comprehensive interview with our own Noe Posada. e-Recycling of California manages two Collection Events in the City of Santa Barbara annually where the residents can drive through and drop off their e-waste for free. We average 1700+ cars for each event. To see the interview follow the link below:
On Sunday April 6, 2014 e-Recycling of California, the NBA, and Waste Management hosted a “Green Event” at the Nokia Plaza in Los Angeles. e-Recycling of California was on hand to collect the e-waste.
This is just one of the comprehensive sustainability events that the NBA has sponsored to promote recycling. To find out more about the NBA’s green initiatives visit: http://www.nba.com/green/index_main.html
With the rapid increase of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), the management of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) has become a global problem since the late 1980s. Some good practices of WEEE management have been seen in developed countries but development of WEEE management is moving slowly in many developing countries. China, known as the largest exporter of EEE and importer of WEEE in the world, plays a significant role in the global life cycle of electronics. The country is facing serious WEEE problems due to the quantity and toxicity of WEEE both from growth of domestic generation and the illegal dumping from developed countries.
In response to WEEE problems in China, the Chinese government has developed a variety of policies since 2000. But none of them issued before 2010 turns out to be a comprehensive WEEE-specific policy. These policies were not enough to guarantee a sound treatment of WEEE and construct an economic, environmental and ethical recycling and disposal system in China.
On 1 January 2011, the Regulations for the Administration of the Recovery and Disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Products (RAW in short), often referred to as the China WEEE Directive, was finally enacted. It aims to standardize the recovery and disposal of WEEE. Being the most important WEEE legislation in China, how RAW tries to overcome these weaknesses in earlier policies has not been studied systematically. Particularly, the breakthroughs, concerns and challenges of RAW together with the related reflections from stakeholders have not been analyzed.
On Thursday April 10, 2014, a ten member delegation of the WEEE Management Commitee visited e-Recycling of California’s Irvine facility to tour the facility, compare processing technologies, and learn how an e-Steward Certified Facility operates.
Dennis Kazarian, VP of e-Recycling of California is part of Chinese TV broadcast focusing on the export of e-waste in China. Follow the link below for the Chinese podcast. English subtitled version coming soon!
The Futurestates series, the Independent TV Service, and PBS selected 7 filmmakers for Season 5. Each episode presents a different filmmakers vision of American society projected forward, fusing an exploration of social issues with elements of speculative and science fiction.
This episode follows Johnner Rawls, a young, injured veteran returning home from combat now fitted with advanced prosthetics. With these new parts, he finds it difficult transitioning back with his family and securing a job. Rawls eventually finds work driving a truck for an e-waste facility this is where e-Recycling of California comes to play. Parts of the episode were filmed at our Paramount and Irvine Facilities.
With the help of the US Veterans Administration, writer-director Trevin Matcek extensively researched prosthetic technology, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and interviewed veterans about their experiences. To view this episode follow the link below: