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…

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. The EPEAT program provides environmental ratings for electronics that “makes it easy to select high-performance electronics that meet an organization’s IT and sustainability goals.” These…

Proposed EPA budget evades substantial cuts

Last week, the United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted to approve the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed allocated budget, which will evade the substantial EPA  budget cuts President Trump proposed earlier this year. The budget proposed to the Appropriations Committee last week would decrease the EPA’s budget by $528 million to a total…

China announces scrap import ban

Last week, China alerted the World Trade Organization (WTO) of future plans to ban imports of certain waste materials as part of a new initiative against “foreign garbage.” The list of banned imports includes common scrap metals and plastics, mixed paper, slag and other materials. “To protect China’s environmental interests and people’s health, we urgently…

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…

Greenpeace, iFixit study raises questions about device repairability

Yesterday, Greenpeace released findings from their device repairability assessment. The study, sponsored in conjunction with iFixIt, spanned two years and reviewed 40 different smartphone, tablet and laptop devices from 17 different brands according to iFixIt’s repairability scale. IFixit rates device repairability by multiple factors, including time taken to repair, upgradability and modularity, and availability of…

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…