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The potential e-waste nightmare in your child’s toy box

With the push for technology integration in just about every aspect of our daily lives, some children’s toys are more dangerous than parents probably realized. The most dangerous toys are those that require batteries or require electricity to run. When toys like singing dolls and remote controlled cars eventually stop dancing and racing around, it…

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HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 11/12-11/16

Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent data security, scrap imports and recycling related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 11/12-11/16. Researchers discover security flaw in widely used data storage devices Researchers from the University of Radboud University in the Netherlands have discovered widely used data storage devices equipped with self-encrypting drives…

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HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 10/29-11/02

Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent e-waste, artificial intelligence and consumer electronic news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 10/29-11/02. BIS seeks public comments on foreign disposition of e-waste The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a notice of inquiry seeking public comments on the effects and…

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How cities can rethink recycling

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new report “Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can Adapt to Evolving Markets,” which analyzes how American cities can develop reliable local waste management systems in response to China’s import ban. “In the face of adversity, city leaders have historically been our nation’s problem-solvers,” says Clarence Anthony, CEO and executive…

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WEEE Forum announces October 13 as International E-Waste Day

More than 1.5 billion mobile phones were sold last year alone, on top of 4.2 billion computers, laptops and tablets. However, while consumer technology is flying off of shelves, global electronic recycling rates remain low. In an effort to raise awareness of this, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Forum has organized the first…

An EU regulation could end e-plastics recycling

Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), a type of flame retardant material, is commonly used in plastics found in electronics, appliances and vehicles. Because of the widespread use of consumer electronics (and therefore, the use of electronic plastic containing decaBDE), the European Union (EU) has been regulating the use of the material in various products, including residual levels…

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Fire code changes target battery storage: An update on IFC amendment F18-18

A few weeks ago, HOBI International, Inc. reported on proposed International Fire Code (IFC), amendment F18-18, which would take aim at storage procedures for “used and off-specification li-ion batteries.” Craig Boswell, HOBI International, Inc.’s president spoke with E-Scrap News, a Resource Recycling, Inc. publication, to further discuss how problematic amendment F18-18 could be for electronic…