Articles & News

The Future of E-Waste : The transition to IT asset disposition (ITAD)

By Sean Magann
With an expanding variety of uses, smartphones, laptops and tablets are among the most useful tools in business. These devices are providing convenience for companies and customers alike, such as mobile point-of-sale (POS) systems, while also providing sales and business executives more options to handle business tasks while away from their desks. 
Different versions of […]


Cleveland Indians: THE Home-Field Advantage on Recycling

In Cleveland, the Indians began using the process last year, following the Browns, who started in 2013, and a casino has recently joined the effort.
Well before the start of a Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field, as players warmed up on the jewel-green field, it was business as usual in the garage behind […]

September 11th, 2015|RECYCLING|

2015-Vol 4 – President’s Letter

Greetings, fellow colleagues
It’s August in Florida, where temps and humidity are both in the 90’s. There is another month or so of sweltering heat, then we transition to more moderate fall temperatures. Final vacation excursions are underway before school begins again. Retail outlets are busy with parents and children shopping for those back-to-school bargains. […]

August 25th, 2015|PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE|

Gaining respect in the supply chain getting Investment Recovery to 300X RETURNS!

By Anne Kohler

According to the Investment Recovery Association’s benchmark studies, professionally run IR departments return more than a 30X bottom-line net profit for every dollar invested in Investment Recovery operations, thus making investment recovery operations among the most productive departments in any organization. Wow! How many investments are you aware of that can claim […]


Environmental Audit Program: How Salt River Project Manages 80 Waste and Recycling Vendors

Environmental compliance audits of waste disposal and recycling vendors are an important aspect of Salt River Project’s (SRP) efforts to minimize long-term Superfund liability. SRP’s Vendor Audit Program started in the early 1980s and originally focused on Treatment Storage and/or Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) for hazardous waste, and companies involved with recycling of electrical oils. […]

April 10th, 2015|BEST PRACTICES FOR IR|

Recycling Runways and Roads

Old shingles getting new life at O’Hare airport.

The new runway at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport set to debut in late 2015 could earn the nickname “Shingles,’’ and not because Chicago officials are hoping the number of flights will go through the roof. During the pouring of underpavement layers that began this month, O’Hare became […]

March 16th, 2015|RECYCLING|

Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations: What you need to know

The passage of the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act more than a decade ago instituted several strict accounting requirements for public companies, one of which directly affects investment recovery managers today. The law stated that companies must report costs associated with future facility retirements in current financial statements. In other words, companies must estimate and recognize […]


Paradigm Shift: From Waste Management to Resource Recovery

Our universe is made of 115 different elements with distinct chemical characteristics. That speaks volumes about the potential of each element as a resource, not waste! We know a simple switch and shift in the arrangement of the same atoms will give us different resources with different utility. We see this in the natural […]

March 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Getting to the Circular Economy with Sustainable Solutions

The practice of investment recovery involves practical cost-saving measures that provide significant value to their organizations. IR also embraces a higher-level purpose of sustainability and stewardship of resources that benefit society; however, beyond the specialized focus of investment recovery for individual companies, perhaps the highest approach in seeking to redefine the global production and […]

March 16th, 2015|SUSTAINABILITY|

What’s Happenin’

Earn $25 credit
Invite your colleagues to the webinar March 4, 2015
The Investment Recovery Association is holding a new webinar on Wednesday, March 4 at 11:30 a.m. Central Time. The half-hour web-based call-in is ideal for those new to investment recovery or unfamiliar with our association. You can earn $25 in association credit or cash by inviting a prospect […]