CDO of Sims Metal Management offers insight on future of e-waste
Steve Skurnac key to discussion about opportunities and risks tied to increasing volumes
Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a leading provider of global IT asset disposition (ITAD) services was proud to have Steve Skurnac, chief development officer of Sims Metal Management, of which SRS is a part, as a representative at the 17th International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC 2018. This event, held Jan. 17-19 in Salzburg, Austria, brought more than 500 recycling professionals together to discuss new technologies, regulations, manufacturing processes and raw materials values.
Skurnac participated in a roundtable discussion regarding who will benefit from increasing e-waste volumes. Joining him on the panel was Stephan Schwarz of Alba International Recycling, Professor Jinhui Li of Tsinghua University, China, and Stuart Fleming of EnviroServe. The discussion was moderated by Norbert Zonneveld of the European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA), Netherlands.
The discussion covered the need for innovative recycling technologies, strategies for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and producers, and the opportunities and risks tied to increasing volumes of electronic waste. Skurnac's description of the businesses that will benefit the most from increasing e-waste volumes was, "companies that partner effectively with the entire circular supply chain to optimize collections, efficiently process material and find sustainable homes for the recovered commodities."
At the 2016 IERC, Skurnac received the "IERC Honorary Award" in recognition of his work in promoting the electronics recycling industry. The decision, made by the International Steering Committee, was in honor of his 25 years of tireless work on international markets.
Sims Recycling Solutions is a global leader in electronics reuse and recycling, with over 20 years' experience in comprehensive IT asset disposition and mobile device refurbishment services either directly or through acquired businesses. Sims provides disposition services for all types of retired electronic equipment to local, national and global customers in every business sector including data centers, healthcare, financial service and technical organizations.
As a part of Sims Metal Management Limited, Sims Recycling Solutions has the global reach, expertise, and infrastructure necessary to ensure customers that all electronic devices are processed in a secure and environmentally responsible manner. Sims international has operations across 21 countries.