Nurdle: The tiny plastic pellet threatening the planet

Have you ever heard of nurdles? You probably haven’t, but they’re just about everywhere you turn. Nurdles are tiny pellets of plastic resin no bigger than a pencil eraser that manufacturers transform into plastic packaging, plastic straws, disposable water bottles and other typical targets of environmental action. They also just happen to be the latest…

HOBI submits public comment about the BIS e-waste ban

Earlier this year, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) proposed regulations that would strengthen U.S. government oversight of discarded electronic waste export policies that affect U.S. regulations. The agency’s proposed rule could restrict certain electronic waste exports altogether, requiring those items to be disposed of domestically. Permissible electronic waste exports under the proposed…

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Southeast Asia bans e-plastic imports

Following China’s refusal to accept plastic waste from the West, import policies across Southeast Asia are continuing to tighten, making it increasingly difficult to move certain e-scrap materials to international markets. These policy changes have not only greatly affected curbside recycling programs across the United States, but it has taken its toll on certain commodities…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 12/03-12/07

Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent battery, technology and electronic waste related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 12/03-12/07. Electronic recyclers avoid costly proposed fire code amendment HOBI’s president, Craig Boswell, discusses how the electronic recycling industry dodged a bullet after proposed amendment F18-18 was rejected during the most recent ICC…

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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…