“Walk like a crab,” “spin like a helicopter” and “pop like popcorn,” – all commands the new kid-friendly smartwatch will relay to your toddler.
This new wearable tech won’t get as much street cred as the iWatch or Google Glass, but smart devices are surly on their way to being acceptable for all ages.
Moving past smartphones and tablets, wearable tech has become arguably the hottest digital trend in the past year or so.
So what does this all mean for you?
While 89% of e-waste is being pushed to the side due to popularity in recycling mobile devices, mobile devices are clearly over! So obviously electronics recyclers and IT asset management vendors should focus on this emerging market. After all, e-waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but an astonishing 70% of overall toxic waste.
This amazing infographic lays out the hazardous materials found in mobile phones alone and how improper cell phone recycling affects the human body.
By managing the toxicity of e-waste, electronics recyclers are able to significantly reduce precious mineral mining.
While the research of recycling wearable technology is still minimal, the success of certified ITAD vendors processing this e-waste has been extremely successful, but nowhere near perfected. The U.S. EPA estimates that recycling 1 million mobile phones reclaims 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium.
HOBI International is known the world over for its pioneering in IT asset management and electronics recycling processes, as well as a clean track record for data security.
Now is the most lucrative time to be a certified electronics recycler, as the global industry is expected to quadruple in the next few years.
According to e-Scrap News, the annual e-scrap market is expected to reach nearly $41.4 billion by 2019, more than four times its 2012 value of $9.8 billion. By volume, the global e-scrap market reached 48.43 million tons of material in 2012. Volumes in 2019 are expected to reach about 141.1 tons, nearly tripling 2012 totals.
During the last 22 years, HOBI has established itself as a trusted ITAD provider by growing to meet the needs of not only our clients, but the industry as well. By expanding our services and offering unsurpassed customer service, HOBI is proud to be a best-in-class IT asset management and electronics recycler.