HOBI International President, Craig Boswell, participated in a panel discussion at the most recent ISRI Convention in early April. The subject ‘How To Make Money In Electronics Recycling,’ brought up some interesting points on the processing of cathode ray tube (CRT) devices by electronics recyclers.
At E-Scrap 2014 in September, the CRT debate will continue.
To help clarify the current situation and anticipate where it’s headed, a conference session will offer an overview of existing North American processors and those hoping to get into the notoriously narrow-margin market. Distinguishing “established” and “emerging” operations, as well as pointing out who’s amassing stock versus who’s actually processing it, the presentation will provide attendees with a complete picture of the CRT landscape.
— Albino Bessa, Technologies Displays America
— Cindy Coutts, Sims Recycling Solutions Canada
— Jim Entwistle, Newtech Recycling
— Jason Linnell, National Center for Electronics Recycling
How is EPR legislation involved?
Extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation has played a significant part in the electronics recycling industry, resulting in OEMs searching for processing partners based on cost rather than value and reliability. While OEMs would rather responsibly recycle this unwanted material, they are not happy about paying to recycle material that is 15 to 20 years old, giving certified ITAD vendors negative connotation.
The ultimate goal of the electronics recyclers is to get a seat at the table when these laws are redrafted and reviewed, as they previously did not have much leverage.
IT asset management and electronics recycling is not a “one size fits all” industry. Everything is specialized and yet there is still immense room for innovative opportunities.
Discovering an environmentally sound technique for recycling CRT glass is especially important in the next couple years when more than two billion pounds of televisions and monitors with these displays are expected to make their way to the recycling stream. The longer CRT glass is warehoused, the further their value will decrease due to the rapid innovation of new display technology.