Last week marked the annualRecycle Week, a concept started by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) to raise environmental awareness and encourage people to recycle. In light of the pandemic, this year’s theme was Step It Up This Recycle Week, urging everyone to join the fight against climate change and to contribute to this change by recognizing that recycling is something we all have a little more control over. When people think of recycling, they typically think of plastic bottles and straws, and saving the planet one baby sea turtle at a time, however, there is an entirely different avenue of recycling that most don’t take into consideration.
IT asset disposition is just as important as recycling plastics or paper. We’ve all been there, waited in line or online for the newest smartphone release, opened a brand new iPad or smartwatch, but what many don’t consider is how much e-waste is created when we dispose of electronics. In 2019 the U.S. alone generated 6.92 million tons of electronic waste, and recycled only 15% of the materials. These numbers will continue to increase as society and businesses become more remote. End-of-life management for electronic scrap determines how much e-waste will be recycled, and how much can be repaired and reused.
ITAD companies like HOBI International Inc. prioritize economic return, and minimize environmental liability. HOBI specifically offers Mobile Lifecycle Management services including repair and refurbishment for all models of cell phones and tablets. The repair and refurbishment process allows for resale on particular devices that have not reached the end of their life cycle. This helps maximize economic return by limiting the amount of raw materials that might otherwise be used to manufacture new devices through repairing old hardware for reuse.
HOBI is R2, RIOS and ISO-14001 certified, and undergoes yearly recertification to maintain legislative compliance. In addition, HOBI implements an Environmental Management System (EMS), and focuses on the best course of action for the environment. To learn more about our ITAD services, call 877-814-2620 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.