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…

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…