HOBI submits public comment about the BIS e-waste ban

Earlier this year, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) proposed regulations that would strengthen U.S. government oversight of discarded electronic waste export policies that affect U.S. regulations. The agency’s proposed rule could restrict certain electronic waste exports altogether, requiring those items to be disposed of domestically. Permissible electronic waste exports under the proposed…

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HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 12/17-12/21

Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent 5G technology, reverse logistics and asset management related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 12/17-12/21. 5G will likely be a niche technology for yearsDespite the constant excited chatter surrounding 5G mobile technology, researchers believe that 5G will remain a relatively niche technology until 2025. Professional…

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5G will likely be a niche technology for years

Deloitte researchers believe that the fifth-generation (5G) mobile network is unlikely to be adopted rapidly, with the technology likely to be relatively niche as far as 2025. The professional services firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions 2019 report, suggests 4G/LTE will remain the predominant mobile communication technology for the foreseeable future – despite the nearing…

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Southeast Asia bans e-plastic imports

Following China’s refusal to accept plastic waste from the West, import policies across Southeast Asia are continuing to tighten, making it increasingly difficult to move certain e-scrap materials to international markets. These policy changes have not only greatly affected curbside recycling programs across the United States, but it has taken its toll on certain commodities…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 12/03-12/07

Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent battery, technology and electronic waste related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 12/03-12/07. Electronic recyclers avoid costly proposed fire code amendment HOBI’s president, Craig Boswell, discusses how the electronic recycling industry dodged a bullet after proposed amendment F18-18 was rejected during the most recent ICC…

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The potential e-waste nightmare in your child’s toy box

With the push for technology integration in just about every aspect of our daily lives, some children’s toys are more dangerous than parents probably realized. The most dangerous toys are those that require batteries or require electricity to run. When toys like singing dolls and remote controlled cars eventually stop dancing and racing around, it…