In recent years, the evolution of e-waste recycling has grown exponentially in the U.S. Before the 21 century, the U.S. only had a handful of states that actually controlled and properly disposed electronic materials. Now, there are more than 25 states that have enforced laws to better control the recycling process and federal government entities continues to educate consumers and businesses on the various dangers of e-waste. With that said, the electronics recycling industry has been filled with many opportunities and challenges over the years.
On the opportunities side, as the amount of e-waste available for recycling continues to grow, consumer awareness of collection and recycling programs continues to grow. This factor alone helps generate an increase in concern about environmental responsibility and data security among the masses. In addition, recyclers are continuously increasing their technical capabilities and obtaining e-waste certifications. Together, these factors have helped the e-waste evolution rage on.
However, there are some challenges that have halted the growth of the e-waste evolution. Many of the challenges stem from the industry’s sensitivity to fluctuations in commodity prices for metals and other raw materials. While the most prominent challenge is the growth of consumers’ need to have the latest and greatest devices on the market. With the rapid growth of technology, consumers are simply consuming devices in massive numbers that may become too big to handle. To quell this growing issue, many companies are establishing drop-off centers or hosting recycling events to collect devices that can either be reconditioned and donated or broken down and disposed of properly.
In short, electronics are booming just as much as e-waste management. Companies are looking at advanced systems to help compile waste details and find ways to reduce waste in this ever-advancing society.
As an R2, RIOS and ISO 14001 certified facility, HOBI International, Inc. strives to face these challenges with the goal of transforming the world into a more sustainable environment and promoting resource preservation and effective environmental management by maximizing the meaning of both reuse and recycle.