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Electronic Recycling Growth Forecasted

Electronic recycling is forecasted to grow at an annual rate of nearly 24 percent through the rest of the decade, according to a new report. The global recycling market was valued at $9.84 billion in 2012. Implementation of strict recycling regulations, efforts to properly manage electronic waste and technological investments … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: EPA Seeks REACH Data, ISO 14001 Timeline Set

The EPA may use its subpoena authority under Section 11 of the Toxic Substances Control Act to compel companies to give it chemical data that they provided to the EU for REACH compliance, ChemicalWatch reports. Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, said the agency will seek … Read more »

Recycling Platform Reaches Milestone

The European Recycling Platform (ERP) has hit a milestone of 2 million metric tons of recycled electronics since it began operations. ERP says this is the equivalent of removing 8 million cars from European roads for an entire year or eliminating 21.7 million metric tons of CO2 mostly through the … Read more »

Environcom Acquires Overton Recycling

UK waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycler Environcom has acquired WEEE recycler Overton Recycling. Environcom says the acquisition will enhance its position in the WEEE recycling industry, adding a third site for the WEEE recycler and creating increased processing capacity at one of the busiest times in the WEEE … Read more »

‘One-Stop Shop’ Helps Manufacturers Meet WEEE Requirements

Nine of Europe’s largest waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer compliance schemes have formed a “one-stop shop” to help manufacturers meet their various national WEEE recycling requirements, Waste Management World reports. The joint venture, called WEEE Europe, aims to simplify recycling processes for manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ISO 14001 and RoHS List Revisions, Wireless Automation

The ISO 14001 Working Group (TC 207/SC1 WG5) has released Committee Draft 2, the latest step in revising the environmental management standard. The draft now enters a three-month balloting period, according to LRQA deputy technical director Steve Williams, a member of the working group. WG5’s joint secretary, Mike Henigan, said the draft is … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Butanol, Whirlpool, PAS 141

ASTM International has published ASTM D7862-13, Specification for Butanol for Blending with Gasoline for Use as Automotive Spark-Ignition Engine Fuel. The standard covers butanol that is intended to be blended with gasoline at 1 to 12.5 volume percent, establishing performance requirements and test methods for butanol content, water content, acidity, inorganic chloride, solvent-washed … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Water Quality Products, Sustainable Forestry, WEEE

3M Purification says it is the first company to achieve certification under the new WQA Product Sustainability standards from the Water Quality Association. 3M can now apply a sustainability label to six products, include water filtration devices for the home and water appliances. To carry the label, products must meet … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: BPA, Fracking, WEEE Reform, Canon

A new standard, ASTM D7858, Test Method for Determination of Bisphenol A in Soil, Sludge and Biosolids by Pressurized Fluid Extraction and Analyzed by Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry, describes procedures for measuring BPA concentrations in environmental media such as soils, sludges and biosolids. The land application of biosolids and sludge could lead to elevated … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2, WEEE, Roofing, E-Stewards

R2 Solutions announced that its revised electronics recycling standard, R2:2013, will launch July 1. New provisions require facilities to have an approved environmental, health and safety management system, emphasize reuse of discarded electronics and improve downstream tracking. The new standard also enhances export requirements to comply with export and import laws of … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Dell, HP, Samsung on WEEE; Texas Roadhouse’s First LEED

Samsung, Hewlett Packard, Panasonic, Toshiba, Dell and other electronics companies have called for changes to the UK’s compliance system for the EU waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive, saying the cost of compliance is too high, Lets Recycle reports. The companies made the statement through the Joint Trade Associations, a group … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Whole Foods Sued; Apple, Dell Lobby on E-Waste

California attorney general Kamala Harris filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target and dozens of smaller manufacturers, retailers, manufacturers and distributors, alleging violations of the state’s Proposition 65. The filing in San Francisco Superior Court alleges that the companies are selling lead-tainted ginger and plum candies without warning labels, the … Read more »