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E-Waste and Recycling Programmatic Responsibilities. Bud Rizer, Ed. D. Executive Director National Cristina Foundation. History of NCF. “ Technology coming out of its first place of use to make a significant difference in people’s lives.”

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E waste and recycling programmatic responsibilities

E-Waste and RecyclingProgrammatic Responsibilities

Bud Rizer, Ed. D.

Executive Director

National Cristina Foundation



History of ncf
History of NCF

  • “Technology coming out of its first place of use to make a significant difference in people’s lives.”

  • “Taking technology from a place where it has little value to a location where its value is incalculable.”

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National cristina foundation re use model
National Cristina FoundationRe-Use Model

Responsible Re-Use and Recycling

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Our shared responsibility
Our Shared Responsibility

Assuring that no computer or other electronics that go out of their first place of use should ever be wasted but are reused to make an important difference in people’s lives

And when they come to the end of their useful life, to assure that they are disposed of in environmentally friendly ways

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Obligations of organizations who foster re use
Obligations of Organizations Who Foster Re-Use

  • Describe policies

  • Identify e-waste disposal resources

  • Train partners regarding responsible re-use practices

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Ncf policies
NCF Policies

  • Responsible Reuse  Evaluate where equipment is classified within its lifecycle, then determine most appropriate disposition for such

  • Responsible Recycling Evaluate status of  electronic equipment after reuse or consideration for reuse and determine most appropriate method of disposal. 

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Award of property document
Award of Property Document

  • “Your organization hereby agrees to remove any donor company asset tags or other identification from all donated equipment. Furthermore, your organization agrees to dispose of any unwanted technology, either at the time of acquisition or later, according to your applicable State Environmental Protection Agency regulations.”

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Award of property cont
Award of Property –cont’.

  • “Your organization agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless NCF and its donors from and against any and all liability and/or expense for any remedial or mediation action under: (i) the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. sec. 9601 et seq.; (ii) the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCLA), 42 U.S.C. sec. 6901 et seq.; (iii) any similar Federal, State or local law arising from the disposition of materials obtained through this Agreement and the NCF donation program; or (iv) for any other applicable Federal, State or local law.”

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Resource information
Resource Information

  • www.cristina.org under “e-waste disposal”

  • www.cristinanetwork.org under “resources”

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Comptia computing technology industry association

CompTIAComputing Technology Industry Association

Breakaway 2009 Conference

August 14, 2009

Sample of Survey Responses


Trends affecting electronics recycling
Trends Affecting Electronics Recycling

  • Economics

    • Decline in Commodity Prices

    • Decline in Service Demand

    • Capital and Credit Availability

  • Export Issues and Bad Actors



Industry take back programs today
Industry Take-Back Programs Today

  • Retailers

    • Best Buy

    • Costco

    • Office Depot

    • Staples

  • Manufacturers

    • Apple

    • Cannon

    • Dell

    • Epson HP

    • IBM

    • Lenovo Lexmark

    • Nokia

    • Samsung

    • Sony

    • Toshiba


Establishing a baseline knowledge of environmental regulations
Establishing a Baseline: Knowledge of Environmental Regulations

Not Knowledgeable

Somewhat Knowledgeable

Very Knowledgeable

28% of firms use an external resource to help manage WEEE/RoHS compliance.

Source: CompTIA survey of IT service providers | Base = 64 companies


Top 5 green it service offerings
Top 5 Regulations Green IT Service Offerings

Currently offer

Plan to offer within 2 years

Asset recovery, trade-in programs, donations, and obsolescence processing also notable offerings for some firms.

Source: CompTIA survey of IT service providers | Base = 51 companies


Many of your customers formalizing green practices
Many of Your Customers Formalizing Green Practices Regulations

  • 42% expect to have a comprehensive green policy within 2 years.

  • 21% currently have a green compliance officer; 35% moving in that direction.

  • 35% rank green in the upper half of priorities in their organizations; 32% place it in the middle.

  • 36% follow news about green IT on a frequent basis; 46% occasionally.

  • 19% have budget allocated for green IT initiatives; 35% moving in that direction.

Partial green strategy

Comprehensive green strategy

Nostrategy, no green practices

Noformal strategy, but engage in some green practices

Source: CompTIA survey of IT professionals | Base = 400


Challenge you are responsible
Challenge: You are responsible Regulations

Response

  • Stay informed – regulations vary

  • Some states restrict sale of non-registered, non-approved, or non-branded product.

  • You could be fined for product found in a landfill.

  • Fines and penalties have been assessed for product found abandoned in storage.

  • New laws address data wiping too

Various state regulations include sales restrictions, landfill bans, and export control.


Summary
Summary Regulations

  • Promoters of technology re-use must assume the additional role of e-waste educator.

  • The e-waste stream is still under development, but will continue to become a critical element of the re-use world.

  • We are all in the same boat – manufacturers, retailers, initial users and re-users of technology, thus any decisions made must reflect consideration of the entire process, not just an isolated component.

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