Battery Recycling Facility Receives Li-Ion Battery Testbeds

Lithium Ion batteries are among the most dangerous components in electronic recycling. Known to combust when damaged, LIBs have caused many fires in the industry and often result in a chain reaction, especially in battery recycling or other end-of-life facilities. Because of the chemical reaction that occurs, LIB fires are more difficult to extinguish, and…

eBay Partners with Mobile Device Certification Provider

eBay, one of the world’s largest e-commerce channels, recently announced its partnership with mobile device certification provider, Phonecheck, after the launch of its Refurbished program designed to compete with certification programs from other online electronics marketplaces. The California-based certification provider enables refurbishers to sell Phonecheck-certified devices through the platform, and uses advanced software to evaluate…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap (6/20-23/22)

Basel Convention Approves E-Scrap Amendments, Further Restricting U.S. E-Scrap Exports Last year the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal published several changes to the convention that would tighten e-scrap export regulations. The meeting took place this past week in Geneva, resulting in approval for e-scrap related changes,…

E-Scrap Bill Passes in South Carolina

South Carolina’s House Bill 4775 has finally passed the State House and Senate after spending a month in conference committee over claims that the Senate had tried to link an unrelated bill. With an effort to reform the state’s extended producer responsibility (EPR) program for electronics, the bill eliminates weight targets for electronics collection and…

Why E-Scrap Exports Are Important to a Circular Economy

The world currently operates under a linear economy, and many do not realize there is any other option. The take-make-dispose method is the primary routine for manufacturers and consumers who take materials from the earth, make consumer products, and dispose of them when they are no longer useful or desirable. As simple as it is,…

Ocean Shipping Reform Act Passes House

The House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) Monday, June 13 in a House vote of 369-42. As broken supply chains and high shipping rates continue to plague the industry, OSRA is designed to promise efficiencies and enhance the Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) authorities.  The FMC has long…