Trade ShowsE-Scrap 2018

E-Scrap Overview

The annual trade show E-Scrap 2018 was held in New Orleans, Louisiana from October 9 – 11, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Marketed for attendees in the electronics scrap industry, there were a number of trade organizations such as Basel Action Network (BAN), Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) and several others.

There were over 1,300 attendees attending relevant and important sessions and a bustling exhibition space. Of the exhibitors,  iFixit is always an interesting one as they were doing repairs live in their space. Their sign read, “Never Take Broken for an Answer.”

International Challenges Talk

Glacier Consulting’s Founder and President Scott Jones was at E-Scrap to present on a panel organized by the StEP (Solving the E-Waste Problem) Initiative and moderated by Elisabeth Smith, StEP’s Executive Officer and environmental scientist. The session was titled “International Challenges” and described as Regulatory, financial and technical framework conditions for sustainable e-scrap management are still missing in many countries, especially in the developing world. Joining Scott and Elisabeth on the panel was Garth Hickle, independent environmental consultant.

Although there are countries that are in the process of initiating regulatory activities, crucial environmental and social standards are often not enforced. In this active discussion facilitated by the StEP (Solving the E-Waste Problem) Initiative, speakers will offer more insight into these challenges, and they’ll outline innovative solutions and future developments regarding electronics management on a global level.

Scott says “The USA does not have a lot of regulations around export, but most of the countries that the USA ships to do. USA companies need to be aware of what these are and ensure they are adhering to them.”

Common Misconceptions Debunked

One of the the most common questions that was brought up, was what qualifies an electronic equipment or component as destined for repair or refurbishment. Electronic devices identified as needing repair or refurbishment cannot be shipped to Hong Kong if they have hazardous components in them, such as batteries.
Also, many people do not realize that Hong Kong has its own import / export requirements from China, but is still required to follow the basel amendment that China ratified.

Did You Go to E-Scrap 2018?

What was most valuable to you?  Any major surprises? We would love to hear your feedback.

The 2019 conference will be held September 23 – 25 in Orlando, Florida. See you next year!

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