Posted on November 18th, 2011 No comments
As the head of environmental management for the Asia Pacific and Japan region for Hewlett-Packard (HP), Annukka Dickens has become familiar with many different extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems for obsolete electronics. In a presentation at the World Recycling Forum, held in Hong Kong in mid-November, Dickens offered an overview of some of the more common system set-ups, as well as the view from a large OEM such as HP about what works and what doesn’t. Dickens said centrally managed systems, in which collectors and recyclers are directly subsidized for the obsolete items they handle, are “typically well-intended and work well with technology that is fairly uniform.” However, she added, because electronic scrap can have such a broad definition in some jurisdictions—from refrigerators to cell phones—this can end up subsidizing forms of recycling that don’t really require the funding.
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World Recycling Forum: EPR Middle Ground
Posted on May 31st, 2011 No comments
Delegates attending the Ferrous Division Meeting at the 2011 Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) World Recycling Congress heard mostly positive things about the health of the steel and ferrous scrap industries.
Posted on February 23rd, 2011 No comments
According to the World Steel Association (Worldsteel), world crude steel production reached 119 million metric tons in January 2011, a 5.3 percent improvement from January 2010. For this past January, China’s crude steel production reached 52.8 million metric tons, a 0.5 percent increase from the same time in 2010. Other key areas in Asia include Japan, which produced 9.7 million metric tons of crude steel in January 2011, up 10.7 percent compared to the same time last year; and South Korea, which saw January crude steel production increase by 24.2 percent to 5.6 million metric tons from figures the same time last year.
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World Steel Production Increases in January