Canadian company targets growing lithium-ion battery stream

As lithium-ion batteries become more useful in the manufacturing of vehicles, the more experts predict that the batteries will regularly appear in the waste stream within the next coming years.  Despite the batteries still in the early stages of entering the waste stream, British Columbia-based company American Manganese sees this trend as a great opportunity.…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 11/06-11/10

The following is a weekly recap of the HOBI blog for the week 11/06-11/10. Samsung Announces the Galaxy Upcycling Project Samsung, the world’s largest handset producer announced the Galaxy Upcycling project, which aims to breathe new life into old Galaxy smartphones. Recycling Made Easy: Designers Repurpose Plastic Waste through Innovative Methods Designers around the world…

Recycling Made Easy: Designers Repurpose Plastic Waste through Innovative Methods

Since 2016, the act of recycling has been gaining traction around the globe in one of the most unique and innovative ways. Using low-cost do-it-yourself (DIY) machines, designers are making recycled plastic products. At Bope Shop in downtown Chang Mai, Thailand, plastic trash is being transformed into marble patterned coasters, countertops, and much more. Most…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 10/30-11/03

The following is a weekly recap of the HOBI blog for the week 10/30-11/01 Amazon Rolls Out Plan to Unlock Homes for Convenient In-Home Deliveries On Oct. 25, Amazon announced their plan to launch Amazon Key, a service that will allow customers to hand over a “digital house key” to authorized Amazon drivers, who will…

RIOS Releases New Implementation Guide

The Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) board of directors announced the release of the RIOS:2016 Implementation Guide (RIG), which has been designed as a “do-it-yourself” system. The guide contains a series of tools, documents, and templates to help recyclers efficiently implement RIOS and become leaders in environmental stewardship, quality assurance, and overall health and safety.…

700+ Facilities are Now R2 Certified

The R2 Standard has a new milestone to celebrate. In just 9 years since it’s release more than 700 facilities across 30 countries are now R2 certified! This means that safer and more sustainable practices are being implemented worldwide and that more companies are opting to operate under the oversight of independent auditors. Since 2008,…

HOBI Receives AT&T 2016 Supplier Sustainability Award

 [DALLAS, August 10, 2017] – HOBI International, Inc. is receiving the 2016 AT&T* Supplier Sustainability Award in the ‘Reverse Logistics and Circular Economy’ category. HOBI is being recognized for developing a parts recovery and testing process in support of AT&T mobile phone refurbishment operations. The award recognizes suppliers for their support of AT&T and its…

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…

HOBI News of the Week 10/31-11/4

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 10/31-11/4 The most overlooked component of enterprise mobile asset management When considering a mobile asset management provider, enterprises may focus on repair solutions, data security, and future refurbishment and recycling opportunities. While these are all important components of mobile asset management, the most…

Craig Boswell to speak at the 2016 Electronics Reuse Conference

Craig Boswell, HOBI President, is contributing to the Smartphone and Apple Refurbisher Insights panel at the 2016 Electronics Reuse Conference in Houston, beginning at 9 a.m tomorrow morning. Smartphone shipments for 2016 are projected to exceed 207 million in the United States alone. As more devices are released to the market, the need for high-quality…

Three tips for increasing enterprise data center cost efficiency

Enterprises nationwide are decreasing their data center budgets. Electricity, environmental controls and equipment maintenance can lead to high operational costs. To maximize a data center’s potential, it’s important to stick to the best practices and regular maintenance to make sure your devices are functioning at their highest capability. Here are three tips for maximizing data…