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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…

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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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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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Global e-waste market expected to reach 63.705 million metric tons by 2025

According to a study by Grand View Research, Inc., the global e-waste market is expected to reach 63.705 million metric tons by 2025. Rising disposable income levels in developing countries coupled with consumer’s inclination towards technologically advanced gadgets have resulted in the significant sales of electronic devices across the globe, thereby driving the e-waste management…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 8/13-8/17

Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent mobile, technology, and electronic recycling news that HOBI’s blog reported on during the week 8/13-8/17. New smartphone shows hardware innovation is slowing down While the latest smartphones to hit the market have been impressive on the inside, on the hardware side of things the handsets aren’t showing…

Biodegradable battery made of paper could help with e-waste reduction

Binghamton University researchers say that they have created a biodegradable, paper-based battery that is more efficient than they previously thought before. Of course, there have been other paper-based batteries proposed before. However, the proposals in the past might have been eco-friendly alternatives, but the designs were never quite powerful enough and were difficult at best…