Sims Metal Management, a global leader in metal and electronics recycling and an emerging leader in the municipal recycling and the renewable energy industries, has announced the publication of its 2019 Sustainability Report. According to Sims, a company with more than 250 facilities, operations in 18 countries, and 5,000 employees globally, the fiscal year 2019 (FY19) was a transformational one. The company introduced its purpose; create a world without waste to preserve our planet, used its purpose to align its business divisions to further enable the circular economy, and deepened its commitment to improving sustainability inside of the company and with the products and services the company offers.
Premier Surplus, Inc. expands e-waste division of company with SSI
Premier Surplus, Inc., a Georgia-based asset management and electronics recycling company has, along with SSI, completed the design of a new E-Waste Shred System.
The system will be replacing their original shred line with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Dave Fleming, Director of Sales and Marketing at SSI, said "Premier Surplus has very specific goals and a desire to offer their clients tailored solutions. This approach allows Premier to consider a wider breadth of materials than a typical processor might, at a time when the industry is full of people looking for reliable domestic outlets. SSI is thrilled to be selected as a part of Premier's growth plans and is excited to supply their next generation e-scrap processing system."
Processors in the South East, including Premier Surplus, are handling unprecedented volumes of e-waste. As the industry shows no signs of slowing down, the time was right for Premier Surplus to partner with SSI on this important project.
Phillip Kennedy, President of Premier Surplus, said, "Working with SSI has been amazing. We spent a great deal of time reviewing multiple system designs and proposals before selecting the equipment that will work for our application. Every item was carefully chosen and sized to streamline the shred system. We have been shredding E-Waste for over five years and are now faced with much more volume and harder-to-recycle electronics. The commodity values continue to drop but the volume continues to rise. Georgia needs a system like this running to help achieve maximum commodity recovery, landfill diversion and proper downstream of the focus material. The new system will have the latest and greatest in sorting technology and we feel our client base will be very happy with the finished product."
Mr. Kennedy added, "We designed the new shred system around our existing system, so we can simultaneously perform data and product destruction projects while at the same time processing the electronic scrap. We would like to thank all our clients that utilize our service and entrust us in processing their equipment. We would also like to thank SSI for their guidance and the industry knowledge they have brought to the table to help us accomplish our mission. The system is set to be installed March 1, 2019."
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According to a new survey conducted by the firm CROP and requested by the Electronic Products Recycling Association of Québec (EPRA-Québec), 62% of Quebecers have end-of-life electronics in their homes. Since significant quantities of raw materials such as palladium, gold, silver, and copper that could be used to make new products are left unused in many Québec households, EPRA-Québec invites the population to take action for Québec Waste Reduction Week which runs from October 19 to 27. Individuals who want to recycle their old electronics can bring them, free of charge, to any one of the close to 1,000 authorized drop-off points across the province.
Call2Recycle®, the first and largest consumer battery recycling program, which operates in the U.S. and Canada, is proud to announce their renewed commitment to responsible hazardous waste disposal by joining the e-Stewards® Enterprise program. e-Stewards Enterprise partners commit to making best efforts to use e-Stewards Certified Recyclers and Refurbishers, who operate to the highest industry standard for the management of end-of-life electronic assets and materials under their control.
The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI)has announced the publication of a report by the consortium's Value Recovery from Used Electronics project participants describing how the project successfully used end-of-life hard disk drives (HDDs) to demonstrate a viable process toward the development of a multi-stakeholder circular economy.
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Greentec has released their inaugural sustainability report. The report measures data from 2017-2018, while also including information from the organization's 24 year history and strategies for continuing to move forward successfully.
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The Basel Action Network (BAN) has published its new Responsible Guideline on Transboundary Movements of Used Electronic Equipment and Electronic Waste to Promote an Ethical Circular Economy under the Basel Convention. This was developed as an alternative Guideline to the Basel Convention's Interim Guideline which has been fraught with controversy and lack of consensus.
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Greentec launching “It’s Easy Being Green” Campaign in Southwestern Ontario to encourage responsible E-recycling
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