HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 11/20-11/22

The following is a weekly recap of the HOBI blog for the week 11/20-11/22. China Releases New Proposed Contaminants Threshold On Nov. 15, the Government of China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to adopt the Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Wastes as Raw Materials (GB 16487 .2-13), standards that…

Developers Unveil LCD Waste Recycling System

A group of Taiwanese developers from the Taiwan-based Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), which is the country’s largest and leading high-tech applied research institution, has announced a recycling system, the LCD Waste Recycling System, to recover glass, and heavy metals such as indium and liquid crystal from LCD screens. Since the early 2000s, LCD screens…

China Releases New Proposed Contaminants Threshold

In an alert sent to its members Nov. 16, ISRI says the Government of China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to adopt the Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Wastes as Raw Materials (GB 16487 .2-13), the standards that set the allowable contaminates thresholds for scrap imports. China proposed that…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 11/13-11/17

The following is a weekly recap for the HOBI blog for the week 11/13-11/17. The E-Waste Evolution Continues As electronics continue to boom, so does e-waste management. Companies are looking at advanced systems to help compile waste details and find ways to reduce waste in this ever-advancing society. America Recycles Day 2017 America Recycles Day…

Recycling Partnership Creates Job Opportunities for Disabled Students

Triangle Inc. and Green Network Exchange have come together not only to promote electronic waste recycling but to help people with disabilities find careers. Triangle Inc. is a company that provides services to help individuals with disabilities find careers, become self-advocates, and live independently. The company’s Transitions to Successful Careers (TSC) program provides high school…

RIOS Releases New Implementation Guide

The Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) board of directors announced the release of the RIOS:2016 Implementation Guide (RIG), which has been designed as a “do-it-yourself” system. The guide contains a series of tools, documents, and templates to help recyclers efficiently implement RIOS and become leaders in environmental stewardship, quality assurance, and overall health and safety.…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 10/23-10/27

The following is a weekly recap of the HOBI blog for the week 10/23-10/27 iPhone X Projected to Boost 2018 Phone Sales Apple’s iPhone X will be available for preorder today with shipments beginning Nov. 3. Due to the late November release, the smartphone market is expected to see an increase in sales as iPhone…

China’s Import Policy Concerns U.S. Officials

In August, China officials alerted the World Trade Organization (WTO) of plans to prohibit some twenty-four types of materials from entering the country. These materials include one grade of unsorted paper, several types of used textiles, several types of post-consumer plastic scrap, as well as several types of used textile and metal slags containing vanadium.…

HOBI weekly blog recap 8/21-8/25

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 8/21-8/25 Samsung reveals Galaxy Note 8 Samsung revealed the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 device at a conference yesterday. The device’s predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7, experienced a public failure after all devices were recalled due to combusting batteries. Certain e-scrap metals excluded…

Certain e-scrap metals excluded from Chinese waste import ban

Last month, Chinese officials alerted the World Trade Organization (WTO) of plans to ban the import of certain waste materials, including common scrap metals and plastics, as part of an initiative against “foreign garbage.” China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) indicated China will still import certain kinds of steel and nonferrous scrap. The MEP published…

HOBI weekly blog recap 7/31-8/4

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 7/31-8/4 Smartphones added to EPEAT program’s registry EPEAT, a Green Electronics Council program, announced the addition of mobile devices to their environmentally-friendly electronics registry on Monday. Previously, the EPEAT registry included computers, displays, TVs and imaging equipment. Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership begins new…

Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership begins new global e-scrap study

A second global e-scrap study has begun, and its findings will be announced in November. The study, conducted by United Nations University (UNU), the International Solid Waste Association and the International Telecommunication Union, will analyze global e-scrap trends. As of 2017, there are very few studies and statistics detailing global e-scrap generation and trends. The…

European Parliament officials issue resolution to increase lifecycle, repairability of electronics

European government leaders are taking steps to improve the repairability of electronic devices. Earlier this month, the European Parliament approved a resolution that calls European Commission countries to action in creating more easily repairable electronics with longer lifespans. The resolution does not place any mandatory course of action, but signified government officials’ intentions to establish…

HOBI weekly blog recap 6/26-6/30

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 6/26-6/30 New Petya ransomware attack spread to more than 60 countries A new ransomware attack is running rampant across PCs worldwide. The malware, identified as a type of Petya ransomware, began targeting organizations worldwide Tuesday morning. This attack follows the high-profile WannaCry ransomware…