The world currently operates under a linear economy, and many do not realize there is any other option. The take-make-dispose method is the primary routine for manufacturers and consumers who take materials from the earth, make consumer products, and dispose of them when they are no longer useful or desirable. As simple as it is, this process has caused the world to accumulate so much waste that landfills are overflowing, and professionals are running out of room to dump our trash. A circular economy aims to eliminate waste altogether via recycling and reusing materials instead of throwing them away.
Electronics are high in demand year round and new devices are constantly being manufactured, which saps the earth of natural resources. E-waste makes up 70 percent of the world’s toxic waste, and the longer it sits in landfills, the more it pollutes the soil and surrounding groundwater. Recycling electronics prevents manufacturers from having to use more precious metals and conserves time, energy and money that would have otherwise been spent on making new devices.
IT asset disposition facilities like HOBI collect retired IT assets and ensure that they are properly disposed of, while also making sure no data leaks occur. One facet of HOBI is our repair and resale services for all models of mobile devices and tablets. The resale of refurbished devices provides an alternative to purchasing new products for consumers, and a key factor in ITAD enterprises continuing to provide this channel of service is e-scrap exports. HOBI provides ITAD services for clients all over the world, and shipping repaired devices overseas for reuse plays a large role in closing the loop on a circular economy.
Waste will always be an issue as long as a linear economy is utilized, and e-scrap exports are a key factor in reducing the amount of electronic waste we generate. Recent approval of e-scrap regulations will make exporting e-scrap materials nearly impossible without special agreements put in place. This will restrict the flow of repaired devices from the U.S. and further hinder a global circular economy.