In terms of Lance's questions, I can take a stab at one:
The International Association of Electronics Recyclers (Albany, New York) is a small, 100-member trade group representing electronics reclaimers. While the vast majority of its members are in North America, companies in other countries are also members. The group provides several services, including an environmental certification program and industry training seminars (IAER presents training classes at the E-Scrap Conferences that we sponsor).
Hope this helps.
Jerry Powell, Editor and Publisher
Resource Recycling Magazine
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