Environmental groups praised the Hewlett Packard Company March 16th, for its recent announcement that they will henceforth reveal to the public where all of their electronic waste goes. This call for "e-Trash Transparency" was one of the demands of the global toxic trade watchdog organization, Basel Action Network's (BAN) e-Trash Transparency Project, which utilized GPS tracking devices placed within discarded electronic equipment to find out what really happens with our electronic waste. The project revealed, in its two reports "Disconnect" and "Scam Recycling", that American consumers are often duped by recyclers or thrift shops like Goodwill Industries, when they claim environmentally safe recycling and instead export the equipment to developing countries. BAN's investigation discovered that 40% of old printers and monitors were exported to countries like Pakistan and China where they are most often broken down in dangerous backyard operations exposing workers and the environment to dangerous substances such as mercury and lead.
Electronics Recycling News
Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), a leading provider of global IT asset disposition (ITAD) services, has announced that it’s U.S. on-site destruction services are now nationally AAA Certified by the U.S.-based National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). NAID AAA Certification creates and verifies the qualifications of certified information destruction providers, like SRS. This rigorous process ensures that the data security needs of global enterprises meet numerous laws and regulations requiring protection of confidential customer information.
Call2Recycle, North America's first and largest consumer battery stewardship and recycling organization, based out of Atlanta and Toronto, is encouraging consumers across the U.S. and Canada to Lead the Charge on National Battery Day (February 18) by collecting and recycling their used batteries.
Johnson Controls and Aqua Metals have finalized an agreement covering North America, China and Europe. Under the agreement Johnson Controls will become the first licensee for Aqua Metals' AquaRefining technology, as well as supply Aqua Metals with batteries to recycle as a service, as part of the Johnson Controls closed-loop network. The agreement also involves Johnson Controls' purchase of AquaRefined metals produced from Aqua Metals’ facilities, and the company will acquire just under 5 percent of Aqua Metals outstanding shares for Aqua Metals' cutting-edge electrochemical battery recycling technology.
The Internet of Things is one of the key trends of the future. Already today, 15 billion things are digitally connected with one another and experts predict an increase to 50 billion devices in the IoT (Internet of Things) by the year 2020. These things include not only computers, tablets and smartphones, but also wearables, consumer electronics and the vehicles we use. However, although this trend offers consumers far greater convenience, it can present recycling companies with a range of difficulties, a fact that was clearly underlined at this year's International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC 2017 in Salzburg.
Call2Recycle Canada, Inc., Canada's national consumer battery collection and recycling organization, is starting the new year with two milestone celebrations – the 20th anniversary of its commitment to help Canadians collect used batteries for recycling, and record-breaking collections in 2016.
Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs last much longer and use less energy than fluorescent lights and are becoming a popular choice for holiday lighting, indoor lights and many other uses. Maria Holuszko, a University of B.C. (UBC) mineral processing engineer and her PhD student Amit Kumar have found a way to make LEDs even more environmentally friendly. They’ve evaluated a process that recovers valuable metals in LEDs and reduces the amount of waste that eventually ends up in landfills.
Call2Recycle, Inc., North America's first and largest battery stewardship and recycling organization, has reported that consumers recycled a record-setting 14 million pounds (6.3 million kilograms) of batteries and cellphones in collections throughout the U.S. and Canada in 2016. The organization says enhanced accessibility and consumer awareness played a vital role in driving the 12 percent increase in total weight of materials collected and responsibly recycled by the organization over 2015.
The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) has announced the opening of a full service depot in Toronto. They are seeking new partnerships with charitable organizations who are in need of computer equipment and companies who are in need of secure and socially responsible e-waste management.
The 16th International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC 2017 will take place from January 17 – 20, 2017 in Salzburg, Austria. According to event producer, Switzerland-based ICM, IERC 2017 is the electronics recycling industry’s most important event, bringing together over 500 international experts: producers, recyclers, equipment manufacturers, recycling associations, standards bodies, refurbishers, NGOs, regulators and many more.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently submitted comments to the United States Copyright Office, a department of the Library of Congress, supporting a permanent exemption for mobile communications device unlocking as well as broadening the exemption to all types of mobile communication devices allowing lawful owners of these devices to use them with the service provider of their choice. The comments are in response to the Office’s Section 1201 Study, a part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA).
e-Stewards, the gold standard for socially and environmentally responsible electronics recycling, has announced that they will be making regular use of embedded GPS-based tracking devices placed into used electronic equipment to verify the performance of their Certified e-Stewards Recyclers.
In recent research conducted across Canada, an average of 65 percent of Canadian households polled indicated that they have at least one obsolete, broken, or unused electronic at home. That’s potentially over 23 million electronic devices waiting to be recycled.
Attachments International has announced its new lip-mounted forks, manufactured with or without a back rest and which bolt right on to an existing bucket attachment. Units are available in lengths of 32″, 36″, 42″, 48″ and 52″. The 42″ forks are at a 3,000-lb or 4,000-lb capacity and the 48″ forks are at a 4,000-lb or 6,000-lb capacity. These forks are very versatile, install in about 2 minutes and can be taken off and thrown in the bed of a truck or the trunk of a car for easy transport.
Steve Skurnac, president of Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), was a keynote speaker in the opening panel discussion at the E-Scrap 2016 conference in New Orleans, held September 20-22. As the largest show for the electronics scrap industry, the 14th annual E-scrap 2016 Conference gathered industry professionals from across the globe to meet and discuss industry issues, topics and trends.
MSS, Inc., the optical sorter division of the CP Group, is introducing two technology updates for its L-VIS high-resolution colour and shape optical sorter. ColorMask is MSS's proprietary illuminated reference technology and is featured in all L-VIS units. The most recent design update features improved sorting accuracy for materials with difficult colours and weak contrast, like dark green circuit boards and black insulated wires. The L-VIS analyzes materials in flight over the ColorMask illuminated reference which is adjustable in colour and light intensity for maximum contrast and accuracy.
Mobile devices wouldn't be what they are today without the light metal lithium. Smartphones and cameras, but also electric cars and even electricity grids would not be able to operate without lithium-ion batteries. For that reason, the powerful batteries are predicted to have a great future ahead of them. The demand for mobile telephones alone is expected to generate an average of six per cent growth per year up to 2025, according to experts.
With VARISORT 2.0 developed by SESOTEC, SICON GmbH recently unveiled the next generation of sensor-based sorting processes designed for the efficient processing of metal fractions on the basis of material types. According to the company, VARISORT 2.0 is the most efficient sensor-based sorting machine for metal and electronic scrap recycling in the world.
Global Ewaste Solutions Pte., Ltd., in Singapore, has been granted the first e-Stewards certification in South East Asia, and is the first to offer global coverage with three e-Stewards Certified facilities outside of the United States. The e-Stewards Certification is widely recognized as the most rigorous standard for socially and environmentally sound electronics recycling and asset management in the world.