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Why Does Europe Have Stronger E-Waste Recycling Than the U.S.?

In the United States, there are no federal environmental laws that deal with the disposal of e-waste or address the environmental impact of tossing used electronics out with regular household trash. The states have no federal rules to follow, no regulations to be complied with. Basically, the issue has been left to the states to decide, and 25 states and the District of Columbia have responded by drafting their own e-waste recycling laws. A...

By: admin | August 14, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More

With E-Waste Posing Environmental Risks, Can Ethical Electronics Manufacturing Be the Solution?

In this digital age we’re in, when there are more smartphones than people in the world, it’s been noted that technology has made all our lives better – except when it doesn’t. You might think that’s a reference to devices that malfunction from time to time. You know, we come to rely on our phones or laptops and go crazy when they stop working. But that’s not the concern here. Everything breaks down from time to time, and we either ...

By: admin | August 9, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More

The Top Reasons Why People Hoard Old Electronics, and Why You Should Recycle Instead

There’s a term called digital hoarding, which is sometimes referred to as e-hoarding. Think of it as the electronic equivalent of someone who keeps a file cabinet filled to the brim with old papers -- documents and notes and files that no longer have any relevance, but which they keep anyway. Digital hoarding is something similar: a reluctance to delete electronic material that’s no longer valuable. Often it means the mass storage on a com...

By: admin | July 26, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More

Why E-Waste is Bad for the Environment – and What Can be Done About It

Given a list of places in the community that people would like to hang out at – theaters, shopping malls, local arenas – there’s one place that probably won’t turn up on anybody’s list, and that’s the community landfill. Unless you think you lost something precious and figure it’s worth your time driving over there to hunt for it, most of us assume our landfills are dirty, foul-smelling places that we’re eager to avoid. The ...

By: admin | July 24, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More

Court Ruling Upholding Connecticut’s E-Waste Program is a Welcome Sign for Recycling Advocates

In the United States, no federal law exists mandating the takeback or recycling of e-waste, or used electronics that Americans no longer want. But that hasn’t stopped 25 states from passing legislation to regulate what happens to electronics once consumers have decided to get rid of them as they purchase newer models. Those states have recognized the problem that e-waste creates. Worldwide, there are more smartphones than there are people...

By: admin | July 16, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More

Environmental Concerns are Boosting the Growth of the Global E-Waste Management System

Electronics represent a booming industry -- worldwide. Consumers across the globe love their devices, from smartphones to laptops to video games and so much more. Consumer electronics are expected to post annual sales increases between $10 billion and $14 billion per year for the foreseeable future. But while the passion for electronics only seems to get stronger with each passing year, there’s also been a sharp increase in something else: h...

By: admin | June 14, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More

Researchers Discover Innovative Ways to Remove Plastics from used Electronics

It’s been estimated that around the world, people generated 44.7 million metric tons of electronic waste in 2016, with the U.S. alone responsible for 6.3 million tons, or 14 percent of the world’s total. Those are scary numbers because electronic waste has two key components. One is toxins, which when placed in community landfills can pose environmental threats to the soil and water there. That’s a key reason why there’s such a stro...

By: admin | May 29, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More

Data Security and E-Waste: A Growing Problem That’s Only Getting Worse

Imagine you own a treasure chest, and you’ve placed your most valuable possessions inside it. You feel confident they’re safe because you’ve got a sturdy lock on the chest. The problem is, all a thief needs to do is figure out how to pick open the lock, and everything you have is theirs. These days, a lot of our prized possessions are not material objects but come in the form of electronic data on our laptops and smart phones. In this d...

By: admin | May 21, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More

Researchers Link Feedstock to New Methods for Recycling e-waste

There’s been a very strong push recently to promote the recycling of electronic waste, which reduces the environmental problems that can result from e-waste ending up in landfills. It’s well documented that the toxins in those electronic devices pose serious hazards to our soil and water. The process for recycling e-waste is about to get more sophisticated and less expensive, thanks to something not usually associated with electronics manu...

By: admin | May 10, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More

The UN is building a coalition to combat the growing amount of global e-waste

Community activists are constantly looking for ways to build new coalitions. That’s particularly true for environmental groups that frequently reach out to other community organizations, businesses, and municipal governments. They know that building effective coalitions is the perfect framework for engaging people to address community concerns and challenges. They also know they can achieve far more when they work together as a large, expand...

By: admin | April 17, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More