Challenge Accepted! E-waste Aficionados Take On CRT Recycling Issue

Americans now own about 24 electronic devices per household, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many of which contain CRT glass displays. Recycling CRT glass is a rapidly growing concern for electronics recyclers with massive supplies being stored around the nation and demand only decreasing due to new display technology for electronic devices…

Sapphire Screens Make Smartphones Near Indestructible

Smartphone screens as hard as a diamond! Well, almost. Sapphire is the second-hardest material on the planet. Manufactured sapphire, a substance already used to armor some military vehicles, may make an appearance in smartphone and tablet screens. Impervious to scratches and drops on the sidewalk that send many phones to their demise, the sapphire screens…

E-Waste Regulations Lead to Massive Electronics Hoarding

Government regulations to divert electronics waste from landfills have shown an interesting and unintended turn. “Take-back” programs promoted by state and federal environmental advocates have been successful in diverting more than 290,000 tons of e-waste away from landfills and toward responsible recyclers each year. However, these programs have also promoted electronics hoarding. The demand for…

Survey Says Majority of Used Electronics Sold Domestically

A recent study by the U.S. Trade Commission on e-waste disposal and exportation, a sensitive topic in the e-scrap industry, provided some thought-provoking data. The study involved surveying 5,200 refurbishers, recycling companies, brokers, information technology asset managers and others that were legally required to respond regarding their exporting activities. HOBI International Inc participated in the survey.…

BYOD: Pushing IT Departments Away From Hardware and Toward Data Security

BYOD programs have caused a substantial shift in leverage over employee devices once possessed by IT departments. The days of employees treading lightly around IT department gurus in fear of being stuck with an ancient laptop on its last leg are dwindling. Since bring your own device (BYOD) programs have made their debut in companies, IT departments…

Self-healing Chip Leads To Self Healing Data Erasure For ITAD

Lasers and vaporizers can’t kill these chips! Researchers at Caltech have been testing a special component embedded in microchips that are capable of self-healing, making them less susceptible to damage from environmental conditions and other harmful impacts. They found that their chips could fix themselves and keep on working even after being blasted by lasers.…

Consumers Gain Ally On Road To Reversal Of Unlocking Ban

One month, 114,000 petitions and countless bashing blogs later, opposition against the cell phone unlocking ban has gained support from the Obama administration according to USA Today Since the announcement of the cell phone unlocking ban, which became effective Jan. 26, more than 114,000 enraged consumers and organizations, including some electronics recyclers, have added their…

Electronics Recycling Fail – Consumers Hoarding $34 Billion in Unused Cell Phones

Household junk drawers have quickly become cell phone graveyards as consumers constantly upgrade their electronics for newer models. A survey provided by Market Watch found that more than half of US consumers are stashing two or more unused cell phone in their homes. This hoarding habit results in a potential $34 billion in electronics recycling…