Disposition facilities like HOBI process thousands of electronic devices including mobile devices, laptops, tablets, headphones and small household appliances. What many do not know is that processing looks very different for certain devices. For example, mobile device processing is much more complex and unique than processing other devices due to factors such as the operational system, the erasure solution, broken devices and battery handling. It is important to understand the unique nature of mobile device processing in the ITAD space so that you can find an ITAD vendor that best suits your business’s needs.
California’s 2022 legislative session came to a close in August, resulting in several recycling laws passing the state House and Senate including a battery embedded bill and the Responsible Battery Recycling Act of 2022. Introduced by Senator Josh Newman, S.B. 1215 would expand the Electric Waste Recycling Act of 2003 program to recover new and refurbished products with non-removable batteries by adding battery-embedded products to the program.
The Right to Repair is no longer a small idea but a growing movement sweeping across the tech world. Industry leaders such as Apple, Microsoft and Google have all announced their own versions of repair kits and made adjustments to their repair policies to expand repair options. Apple’s self-repair kits sparked several debates over whether or not the purchase is worth the price and work; and last month the company expanded the self-service repair to include MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks with the M1 family of chips. Some are excited about the addition, but this is an opportunity to point out the many challenges presented by the right to repair.
The annual E-Scrap conference is just around the corner. Starting September 19, electronic scrap processors, ITAD firms, electronics manufacturers, scrap buyers and brokers and many others from all over the world will meet to grow their businesses, find new trading partners, and gain exclusive market insight. The conference will include speakers on a range of topics including the forces shaping supply and demand for devices and key metals, best practices in facility operations, the evolution of the material stream, latest updates on OEM recycling strategies, and what’s next in certification and compliance.