Below is a recap of this week’s stories including the environmental services of IT asset disposition, what to do if your laptop gets too hot, details regarding an e-scrap project and a new startup that enables the tracking of scrap plastic shipments.
As the amount of technology we use increases, so does the amount of electronic waste we generate each year. Disposition is typically an afterthought for many companies because few understand how important it is for electronics to be properly disposed of, not only for human health but also for the sustainability of the environment.
During the course of this series, we’ve covered many common problems electronics consumers encounter including, the case of the faulty router, the great mystery of whether or not to use public wifi, and perhaps the most common issue of a wet smartphone. Today we’re here to discuss another common issue most electronics owners have faced at one point or another, a hot laptop.
Last year the White House published, “Building resilient supply chains, revitalizing American manufacturing, and fostering broad-based growth,” a report calling for investments to be made in the recovery of rare earth elements in e-scrap. Recent years have seen many supply chain issues, leading to shortages of certain materials, and the U.S. military has kickstarted a project to help strengthen the supply chains via research and the development of technologies for recovering critical metals from e-scrap.
One major universal request in the recycling industry is for more transparency, and a new startup is turning these requests into actions. Founded by former U.S. EPA staff members, Anna-Marie Cook and Bill Robertson, Kamilo Inc. was developed in late 2019 and focuses on the goal of increasing the value of recycled resin by using technology to track material moving through the recycling chain.