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Skyrocketing E-Waste: A Global Waste Management Problem

Waste management is becoming a bigger challenge across the globe. And that's particularly true of e-Waste. When the first International E-Waste Day was announced for Oct. 13, organizers invited the public to consider some sobering facts about how waste management and e-Waste are impacting our lives. Developed by the WEEE Forum, an international association of e-waste collection organizations in 20 nations, this new annual day was designed t...

By: admin | October 18, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More

New “Green” iPhone is a Good Start, but More Green Electronics Recycling is Still Needed

The time appears to have arrived for green electronics recycling. Last April, Apple announced that its global facilities would be powered entirely by clean energy. That's a 100% commitment to fighting climate change and working toward a healthier environment. Their clean energy now fuels Apple offices, retail stores, and data centers in 43 countries. It's what Apple CEO Tim Cook called a commitment to “leaving the world better than we fou...

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

Defining E-Waste: The Top Reasons Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Recycle

If someone asked you what can be done about e-Waste, what would you say? When the subject of e-waste comes up, it’s usually in an environmental context. The image most people have of e-waste is electronics device that are mass produced, like smart phones, and get updated so rapidly that the number of used phones being discarded keeps rising. Since only about a third of unwanted smartphones gets recycled today, that means most end up in a ...

By: admin | August 28, 2018 | Electronics Recycling Read More

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