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…


HOBI weekly blog recap 6/19-6/23

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 6/19-6/23 IoT spending anticipated to grow 17 percent during 2017 IDC estimates organizations worldwide will spend up to $1.4 trillion in IoT hardware, software and services by 2021. While the firm predicts substantial growth within the next four years, IDC reports nearly 17…


Bureau of International Recycling announces official start of global e-scrap study

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) have officially began studying worldwide e-scrap generation and processing flows. This study, assisted by academics from Harokopio University, will review data regarding household electronics and appliance recycling. The two groups initially announced the study during December of 2016. Robin Wiener, ISRI president,…


SERI reports first instance of fabricated R2 certificate

Last week, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) reported the first known instance of a doctored R2 certificate. SERI discovered the fraudulent certificate after an e-scrap processor attempted using the document to secure a contract. The document, created by Secure Recycling, was a real R2 form with the facility name, date and certificate number altered. Secure…


E-Scrap recycling market anticipating substantial growth

Transparency Market Research anticipates substantial growth for the e-scrap recycling market until 2022. The report indicates the market will grow at a CAGR of 7.2 percent within the next five years. TMR lists the key drivers for market growth as growing use of electronics, shortening device lifecycles, environmental and health hazard prevention, increasing government regulation…


What to do with old devices after Valentine’s Day

New tablets, smartphones and wearable technology are popular gifts each Valentine’s Day. With new devices in-hand, old devices are no longer of use. Instead of storing unused cellphones, tablets or computers in a drawer, reselling and recycling bring further use to old devices. Many U.S. cities have electronics recycling collection sites to ensure responsible electronics…


2020 Olympic medals will be made of recycled electronics

Organizers of the Olympic and Paralympic games are aiming for sustainable awards instead of the traditional medals in the 2020 Olympics. In place of the gold, silver and bronze medals, organizers will create medals from recycled electronics. Olympic games organizers have established collection sites around the country for Japanese citizens to donate their older mobile…