HOBI Weekly Blog Recap (6/20-23/22)

Basel Convention Approves E-Scrap Amendments, Further Restricting U.S. E-Scrap Exports Last year the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal published several changes to the convention that would tighten e-scrap export regulations. The meeting took place this past week in Geneva, resulting in approval for e-scrap related changes,…

Why E-Scrap Exports Are Important to a Circular Economy

The world currently operates under a linear economy, and many do not realize there is any other option. The take-make-dispose method is the primary routine for manufacturers and consumers who take materials from the earth, make consumer products, and dispose of them when they are no longer useful or desirable. As simple as it is,…

Research Focuses on the Importance of Metals Recycling

Recycling is a crucial step in the development of a circular economy, especially when it comes to metals. Millions of electronics are made every year, which results in more electronic waste. We generate about 40 million tons of e-waste per year, which comprises about 70 percent of overall toxic waste. Of that, only 12.5 percent…

New Universal Charger Policy Aims to Reduce E-Waste

Since the first cell phone charger was designed, the age old problem of too many chargers has been a common issue. Each household contains a plethora of electronic devices, and therefore an abundance of chargers, but the number one problem seems to be mismatched chargers. Imagine leaving the house to visit a friend only to…

HOBI Weekly Blog Recap (6/6-9/22)

World Environment Day 2022: Only One Earth  Yesterday was World Environment Day, the largest international day for the environment led by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). Celebrations for World Environment Day began in 1973 and are hosted annually by different countries, with this year’s celebration to be held in Sweden. As the largest global…

Recycling Apps to Help Make Your Summer Greener

Now that summer has finally arrived, many families are hitting the road for those long awaited vacations, which typically means packing meals for roadside picnics. Though many recycling bills are being processed across the U.S., the global plastic waste crisis continues to be an issue. Out of the 8.3 billion tons of plastic in the…