The IERC 2016 is the recycling industry’s most important event, bringing together over 500 producers, recyclers, equipment manufacturers, recycling associations, standards bodies, NGOs, regulators and many more.
The international experts use this platform to discuss the latest recycling technologies, regulations, manufacturing processes and value of raw materials. It will focus on:
- Challenges of the circular economy
- Reports on the recycling of precious and strategic metals
- Staying profitable as products and markets change
- Best available recycling technologies
- Which standards, compliance regulations and controls support the industry?
- Business opportunities and models in emerging markets
- Worldwide take-back schemes, quotas and challenges faced by OEMs
The program includes company spotlight and tech talks as well as a panel discussion.
Year after Year IERC brings together producers, recyclers, equipment manufacturers, recycling associations, standards bodies, NGO’s and Regulators. Even after 15 years there are many issues that need to be addressed and what better location to do this than in the wonderful Salzburg Congress Centre surrounded by the historic city of Salzburg.
Even with the level of maturity we see in the recycling industry there are many areas where some of the historic challenges remain and the changing face of regulation and products brings new challenges to the fore:
- Leakage of WEEE into informal channels continues posing problems for the increasing targets we see in many markets
- There continues to be challenges in the markets for recycled materials with lower demand and prices
- The materials being used in manufacturing are less valuable but we see ongoing commitment from producers to achieve closed loop recycling supporting the Circular Economy
- We see highlighting of the e-waste problem but lack of regulation, investment and effective recycling practices in developing markets where a significant amount of recyclable material is finishing its useful life
- We continue to see challenges with the management of CRT glass
- Recyclers are leaving the market due to some or all of the above challenges.
Balancing these challenges we see increasing adoption of recycling standards improving the formal recycling industry coupled with ongoing developments in technology that improve recovery rates.
About 41.8 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated in 2014 estimated at a USD 18.8 billion industry annually. A significant industry with opportunity.
- JEAN COX-KEARNS, Chairman of the Steering Committee IERC – Reverse Logistics GmbH, Ireland
- STEFAN-GEORG FUCHS, Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee IERC – Aurubis AG, Germany
- DR VIKTOR HAEFELI, Chairman of the Lecture Group IERC – Smart Resources, Switzerland
- MANFRED BECK – Recycling International, Netherlands
- OLOV BOMAN – Boliden Commercial AB, Sweden
- DR MARCO BULETTI – Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland
- STEPHANE BURBAN – Glencore AG, Switzerland
- ROGER BURRI – Metal Depot Zurich AG, Switzerland
- VICTOR DUART – IBM Corporate Environmental Affairs, Spain
- MANFRED FAHRNER – ALBA Electronics Recycling GmbH, Germany
- DR SVEN GRIEGER – EARN Elektroaltgeräte Service GmbH, Germany
- KLAUS HIERONYMI – Hewlett-Packard
- DR JACO HUISMAN – Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
- PROF. HSIAO-KANG MA – National Taiwan University, Taiwan
- DR PHILIP MORTON – WEEE Forum, Belgium
- VENKATESHA MURTHY – Vans Chemistry Pte. Ltd., Singapore
- WENDY NEU – Hugo Neu Corporation, USA
- DR ANDREAS RÖTHLISBERGER – SENS Foundation, Switzerland
- PROF. YASUHIRO TSUGITA – University of EHIME, Japan
- NORBERT ZONNEVELD – EERA, Netherlands