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…


HOBI weekly blog recap 2/13-2/17

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 2/13-2/17 Two educational technology concerns and their solutions Technology in the classroom brings opportunities for increased lesson plan flexibility, outside-the-classroom resources and improved teacher-student interaction. What to do with old devices after Valentine’s Day New tablets, smartphones and wearable technology are popular gifts…


What to do with old devices after Valentine’s Day

New tablets, smartphones and wearable technology are popular gifts each Valentine’s Day. With new devices in-hand, old devices are no longer of use. Instead of storing unused cellphones, tablets or computers in a drawer, reselling and recycling bring further use to old devices. Many U.S. cities have electronics recycling collection sites to ensure responsible electronics…


New federal initiative plans to decrease recycling, remanufacturing costs

Last week, the U.S Energy Department announced a new research initiative that will focus on the reduction of recycling costs and increasing the value of recycled products, including e-scrap. The initiative, named the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, received $70 million in federal funding. REMADE will be based in Rochester, NY and is…


E-Waste recycling and reuse services market anticipated to reach or exceed $40 billion

A new report from Transparency Market Research indicates the e-waste recycling and reuse services market will experience substantial growth within the next two years. The market is anticipated to reach or exceed $41.4 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 23 percent. Transparency lists electronics short lifecycles and the growing demand for precious metals…


HOBI News of the Week 11/14-11/18

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 11/14-11/18 Study shows researchers can identify smartphone user qualities through screen residue A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Diego analyzed the residue left behind on smartphone screens from previous users. How leasing companies can benefit from Mobility…


ISRI joins the Congressional Recycling Caucus deliver this year’s State of Recycling Address

Today commences the 19th year of America Recycles Day, a day devoted to educating and promoting recycling amongst citizens and communities around the country. This afternoon, Robin Wiener, ISRI President, joined the Congressional Recycling Caucus and Keep America Beautiful in the annual State of Recycling Address. The address detailed the recycling’s impacts and developments in…


Five ways IT asset management has changed since 2008

This morning, USA Today’s Tech section published an article detailing five ways the tech industry has changed since 2008. The five changes they listed included smartphones, social media, transportation, dating and streaming. Within the past eight years, tech has become more efficient and convenient. People now rely on their smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to…