Below is a recap of our blog posts for the week including designs to the new iPhone 13 series that provides an obstacle for third party repairs, a digital re-transformation as the world returns to the office, a compliance update to the R2v3 standard, and the environmental benefits of mobile reuse and recycling.
At the rate new smartphones are being released it can be difficult to keep up with the latest technology, but what’s becoming even more difficult is the effort it takes to repair a smartphone, especially iPhones. The Right to Repair movement has been very vocal about efforts to get tech giants to provide certain information that would allow third-party repairs, a movement Apple has consistently lobbied against.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the world hasn’t quite been the same. During the last two years society has changed in many ways, including how we do business. Prior to the pandemic, technology was already a mainstay in the business world, but when the virus forced a nation-wide lockdown it became the primary source of communication between businesses and colleagues. The last two years have seen a shift in the way we use technology in the business world, an era referred to as Digital Transformation. As things slowly return to normal, people are returning to the office, leading to a digital re-transformation.
In July 2020, Sustainable Electronics Recycling (SERI) released R2v3, the first major revision of the R2 practices since 2013. As the highest quality standard certification in the sustainability space, R2v3 compliance is an integral part of ensuring customers of desired results when practicing data destruction. Spanning 10 different areas, the R2v3 requirements include tighter safety measures when it comes to data security, and a more detailed description of services such as a scope statement, process requirements, a list of other locations, etc. These new changes have led some to wonder if the bar has been set too high.
This series will focus on breaking down the new compliance updates and how they affect the ITAD and recycling industries. The first few major changes include Scope and EH&S Management System updates.
During the last five years, the amount of electronic waste generated worldwide has increased by 21 percent, with 53.6 million metric tons generated in 2019. During the last two years the world’s use of technology has increased exponentially, and along with the more e-waste we create, the larger our carbon footprint has become. People often don’t realize how much electronic trash can harm the environment, but there are steps the ITAD industry can take to reduce the amount of e-waste created, and overall reduce the world’s carbon footprint. One of these steps is mobile reuse and recycling.