Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including how improper battery disposal led to an e-scrap fine, tips for recycling over Christmas break, legislature signed by the president to avoid a railroad strike and how Amazon is planning to retire the barcode.
Battery disposal is one of the most common issues in the electronics recycling industry. Materials recovery facilities (MRFs) are constantly on alert for potential fire risks when handling lithium-ion batteries, and a recycling company in Santa Clara County was recently fined for improper disposal of lithium-ion batteries.
The Christmas holiday is around the corner, trees have been assembled and decorated, ornaments made, lights hung and presents wrapped, and many are anticipating new electronics. Amidst holiday festivities, it’s important to keep the environment in mind while celebrating, and this year we’ve gathered some tips to help you get a jumpstart on keeping this Christmas eco-friendly.
Negotiations to avert a potential railroad strike began earlier this year in June. President Biden signed railroad-related bi-partisan legislation on December 2 to impose the tentative national agreement negotiated by a Presidential Emergency Board in September. The legislation blocks a strike that could have major negative impacts on the U.S. economy.
Many companies have begun adopting the use of robots in warehouses, and Amazon is planning to use AI-powered technology to retire the barcode. As handy as robots can be, robotic arms apparently have trouble locating and reading barcodes on oddly shaped products. As a result, Amazon has decided to retire the barcode altogether.