Steve Skurnac, President, Sims Recycling Solutions, is at the forefront of the nation’s electronics recycling industry through his oversight of the growth and success of all Sims’ electronics recycling facilities globally. Steve has been directly involved with electronics recycling since 1991. He has served on the board of numerous industry associations; participated as a stakeholder in all major cooperative e-scrap policy groups, including the EPA Common Sense initiative, the National Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI), and UN Basel Workgroup standards development; and spoken on the topic of e-scrap recycling at conferences worldwide. Prior to joining the Sims Group in May 2007, Steve was the President of Noranda Recycling (now Xstrata Recycling) where he had spent 24 years in various international metals and recycling capacities. He graduated from the University of Toronto with an engineering degree in mining and metallurgy.

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In 2013, the global consumer electronics industry accounted for more than $1 trillion in sales, and worldwide phone sales of consumer electronics totaled 435 million units just in the second quarter, according to Gartner.1 There is no question that technology is being purchased and used more than ever, but with the average device only lasting …

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