Two EPA sessions have been tacked on to the end of e-Scrap 2014 on Thursday, October 23rd including:
- CRT Management – 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
- Sustainable Electronics Management – 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
These meetings are opportunities for e-recyclers to weigh in on what the EPA should be doing to “advance domestic end-of life recycling”. The last time the EPA hosted similar meetings was in 2005, resulting in the EPA’s commitment to launch development of R2, the first certification program for e-recyclers.
The sessions will be a continuation of dialog begun last week at the USEPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Forum held in Arlington. The invite-only meeting included about 35 stakeholders including e-recyclers, NGOs, OEMs, retailers and state representatives.
With surprisingly little debate, the group agreed on priority areas that the EPA should focus on, including addressing CRT stockpiling with more enforcement and implementation of a tracking system to monitor mass balance at e-recycling facilities and receipt of hazardous materials at downstream facilities.
The EPA has done very little to advertise the sessions, which were added after the early registration deadline and when many people have already secured their travel plans. A vocal turn out is essential toward ensuring that the talk turns to action.
Registration is free and can be completed on the e-Scrap 2014 website.