News & Updates

WEBINAR Tuesday, March 26 – 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Update of the R2 Certification Program Standard

Presenter: Sean De Vries, R2 Director, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International
Topic Subject Matter – Environmental Management Systems for the Electronics Recycling Industry

Registration Link

SERI (the Sustainable Electronics Recycling International), is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing safe and sustainable reuse and recycling of used electronics through consensus-driven standards. SERI is the housing body and ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization for the R2 Standard. This webinar will provide detailed information about the process of the newest proposed Standard update (R2v3)

Sean De Vries

Sean De Vries / Presenter Biography

Sean De Vries was appointed by SERI ( the Sustainable Electronics Recycling International) to the position of R2 Director in October, 2018. Among his responsibilities, Sean works with the R2 Technical Advisory Committee and leads the R2 Standard development process. He also provides guidance for the application and implementation of the standard and educate various stakeholder groups. Sean brings considerable experience in standards development and oversight for the electronics reuse and recycling industry.

Prior to joining SERI, Sean was the Director of the Recycler Qualification Office (RQO), an organization established to audit and approve reuse and recycling organizations prior to use under the industry-led end-of-life electronics recycling programs across Canada. He also led the development process for the Electronics Reuse and Refurbishing Program (ERRP) and the Recycler Qualification Program (RQP). Sean was also active in the development and implementation of the provincial electronics stewardship programs and served as the inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors for the four not-for-profit stewardship organizations. Sean holds college advanced diplomas in Environmental Engineering Technology and Environmental Science from Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario.

2019 RMC Market Development Summit | ORGANICS MANAGEMENT

Thursday, March 7, 2019-
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

at the
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
215 Innovation Blvd
State College, PA 16803

For Summit details or to register to attend: CLICK HERE


PLASTICS RECYCLING | 2018 RMC Markets Development Summit

Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 8:30a – 3:30p

Hilton Garden Inn / Harrisburg, PA
3943 Tecport Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

  • Latest news on China’s Import Rule;
  • Resin Report – Industry Pulse;
  • Industry Material Management Tools;
  • Pennsylvania DEP Update.


    For Plastics Recycling Summit details or to register to attend: CLICK HERE

2018 E-Scrap Markets Development Summit

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
8:30a – 3:30p

Hilton Garden Inn / Harrisburg, PA
3943 Tecport Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Click Here for more information, downloadable Agenda and online Registration.

Understanding National Sword in Pennsylvania


National Sword is not the name of a new Monty Python skit or Hunger Games tool, but rather an ongoing initiative of the Chinese Government to restrict importation of contaminated recycled materials into China. How may this effect Pennsylvania recycling programs? How may this impact those who use your recycling program? What is the word on the ground in China? Read on and hear from the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center and the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development.

The PDF file may be found below:



Recycling Press Conference, Harrisburg

Senator Richard Alloway, II (R – Adams, Cumberland (part), Franklin (part),York (part) Counties) is holding a press conference on Senate Bill 800, the “Waste Electronic Equipment Recovery Act.” Senator Alloway is the prime sponsor of the Bill.

When: Wednesday October 25, 2017, 10:00a – 10:30a

Where: State Capitol, East Wing Rotunda

Downtown Harrisburg parking locations can be found at

Should you desire to meet with your representative(s) or senator while at the Capitol, you can find pertinent contact information at

Please consider attending to show your support for Pennsylvania e-waste recycling legislation.

PA Senate Hearing on Electronics Recycling

The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is holding a public hearing on the Waste Electronics Equipment Recovery Act (Senate Bill 800) and updates to the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108 of 2010). The meeting announcement can be found here.

When: Tuesday October 24, 10:00a – 12:00p

Where: Room 8E-A, East Wing of the Capitol

Plan to attend to show your interests in determining an improved path forward for Pennsylvania electronics scrap management. An interior map of the Capitol can be found at this link

A parking map(s) of downtown Harrisburg can be found at

Should you want to meet with your legislator on electronics recycling or other concerns while at the Capitol Complex, use the Find My Legislator Link at

Utilizing Vermicomposting Systems

PA Recycling Markets Center
Organics Business Growth Seminar
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

For more information, see the seminar agenda.

To register, please click here.

The Economic Contributions of Recycling to the Pennsylvania Economy


The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center and IHS Markit are pleased to provide an extensive and in-depth study on the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts from Pennsylvania’s recycling industry, coined as the “Pennsylvania Recycling Marketplace”.

DOWNLOAD the Report:
Pennsylvania Recycling Marketplace