and Recycling Forum
The DNR grant proposal originally called for a one day, state wide Electronics
Reuse and Recycling Forum. The forum was to serve two purposes: 1) to
describe reuse and recycling programs and strategies which address the
issue of what to do with the large amount of used and end-of-life electronics
which enter the waste stream; 2) to set the stage towards beginning to
coordinate a state-wide effort to manage these materials.
At the time the grant was written, it was Surplus Exchange’s intent to
host the forum at their location. This would allow attendees to experience
first hand what a real-life business equipment reuse and recycling facility
looks like. And in particular, how Surplus Exchange has successfully dealt
with the issue of end-of-life electronics for the part 16 years. In lieu
of hosting the forum at their location, Surplus Exchange was offered the
opportunity to present the forum as part of the Missouri Recycling Association’s
yearly conference. This opportunity seemed more efficient and practical,
as the majority of probable attendees would be at the conference. Based
on the feedback received, nothing was lost by conducting the forum at
MORA. The benefits of showcasing Surplus’ efforts was accomplished by
Rick Goring’s detailed slide-show presentation of Surplus Exchange.
The forum was held at the MORA 2000 conference on Wednesday, May 24,
2000. The format included:
1) An introduction to the forum a. Importance of establishing
2) Industry challenges
3) Report on Surplus Exchange’s DNR grant
4) Description of Successful Reuse and Recycling Programs.
5) What a Missouri state-wide electronics management program might look
6) Open discussion with the panelist
Rick Caplan, former Executive Director of The Surplus Exchange, and author
of the DNR grant, moderated the four hour presentation and discussion.
Other panelist included Julie Rhodes, Executive Director of the Reuse
Development Organization, Richard Manzur, Environmental Engineer with
DNR, Rick Goring, Executive Director of Surplus Exchange, and Leann Ritter,
Program Developer with Surplus Exchange.
The feedback and evaluation forums indicated that the approximately 30
participants viewed the forum as very informative and productive. It is
the opinion of Surplus Exchange that this part of the DNR grant was fulfilled,
and clearly met the grant’s goals and objectives.