Category Archives: Environment

How to Get What You Want?

Have you heard the expression, "What you see is what you get?" Psychologists tell us that nothing controls our live more than our self-image. Your life is limited to your vision.  If you want to change your life, you must change your vision of your life. Arnold Schwarzenegger was not that famous in 1976 when…
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Some Little Good News about Electronic Waste

When you dig up the subject of electronic waste and its effects on our planet, the information you come up with can leave you distressed. Facts and figures on the amount of electronics dumped or disposed illegally year-in-year-out, the fatal effects of lead and mercury that permeates the soils and groundwater, the truth about how…
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Why exactly is Electronic Waste Considered Hazardous?

The EPA (federal Environmental Protection Agency) has dumped electronic waste into a special category of materials dubbed ‘universal waste’. The category includes any material that would usually be deemed hazardous waste, but presently the hazardous substances are contained within and pose no immediate threat. Universal waste is considered hazardous once electronics disposal has been carried…
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e-Waste Recycling is a Great Concept; But it is never always Green

The mere fact that a company is in the electronics disposal business does not necessarily make it a good environmental steward. Because for an entity - whether individual or group - to be considered an environmental steward, they have to foster sustainable practices and have them woven into their cloth. The overall objective is to…
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Why are e-Stewards and R2 Certifications Important in E-recycling?

In the field of e-waste recycling, two certifications particularly carry a lot of weight. These are e-Stewards and R2 certificates. But what does it exactly mean to be validated by these two certifications, and why are they important? Let’s find out! What is e-Stewards Certification? This is one of the most crucial certifications for any…
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Fake E-waste Recycling is real, but can you Spot it?

One of the terms commonly thrown around in the business world has to be due diligence. And it is this due diligence that is really needed when it comes to electronic waste recycling. How? Because you need to be certain the company you will be handing over your equipment to has made it a virtue…
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Recycling Electronic Waste: The 3 Rules you need to know about

Imagine your customers’ data finding itself in the wrong hands just because you didn’t follow the guidelines of proper electronics disposal. Or imagine the pile of old IT equipment that comes from your stores ending up in an unregulated landfill and children dismantling and melting it down. Not quite surreal images, are they? These though,…
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Something you need to know about Electronic Waste from your Office

Every business that calls itself modern relies heavily on electronic equipment to succeed and prosper. The modern office is laden with electronic wizardry that ranges from computers to printers to scanners to telephones and such, equipment you would list in the perishable category. And that’s where the problem starts. When electronics disposal needs to be…
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Responsible IT Data and E-waste Disposal: What’s your Company doing?

When it comes to disposal of electronics, typically, cost effectiveness and security are the primary concerns. Over the last couple of decades, however, another motive as to why your company should practice responsible disposal has been gaining prominence. These days, more and more consumers are factoring in environmental and social practices before then can make…
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Best Practices in Asset Recovery for High-Tech Supply Chains

High-tech and electronics manufacturers are realizing that it's more important than ever to get control of their reverse logistics processes. They're becoming acutely aware of the value to be derived from recovering, reusing, and responsibly disposing of used products, components, and raw materials. Tighter regulations and growing environmental concerns are forcing manufacturers to act. Yet…
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MTN and Ericsson launch e-waste disposal campaign in Ivory Coast

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and MTN Côte d’Ivoire have today launched the campaign to drive the awareness and collection of electronic waste (e-waste) in the country. An e-waste collection station will open to the public at Sorbonne Plateu in the capital Abidjan on October 7 and will be in place for four months. A 20-foot container serves…
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E-Waste to Exceed 93.5 Million Tons Annually

The global volume of e-waste generated is expected to reach 93.5 million tons in 2016 from 41.5 million tons in 2011 at a compound annual growth rate of 17.6 percent from 2011 to 2016, according to a new report from Marketsandmarkets. e-waste recycling san jose According to a new market research report, Global E-Waste Management…
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Europe fails on electronics recycling goals

OSLO (Reuters) - Only a third of Europe's electronic waste is properly recycled, with vast numbers of cellphones, computers and televisions illegally traded or dumped, a study led by the United Nations and INTERPOL said on Sunday. Sweden and Norway were close to European targets of collecting and recycling 85 percent of all electrical and…
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Oakland council votes against recycling rate hike, reduces compost rates

Dive Brief: Last night, The Oakland City Council approved new rates for commercial composting services, capping the services 30% below the cost of trash services. The Council also voted against a proposal to raise recycling rates by 10%, despite California Waste Solutions' complaints that Oakland overestimated the number of households it serves by 10,000 — which has caused a loss…
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3 Myths About IT Asset Disposal and Electronics Recycling

Many companies in the electronics recycling and IT asset disposal industry utilize scare tactics and try to focus a buyer’s attention on false narratives to win new clients and increase profitability of contracts.  We believe in transparency and educating our clients.  Here are some facts in response to three common myths being disseminated by disposal…
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How to Perform IT Asset Disposal Vendor Due Diligence. Part I

Part 1: Instituting a Master Service Agreement CleanBayArea will be publishing multiple blog posts to prepare organizations for audits around computer equipment disposal, environmental compliance, and data security for end of life media and storage assets. On this first series of posts we will be focused on advising organizations on how to develop a packet…
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Responsible Recycling vs Global Dumping

Responsible recycling When we drop off our old computers at an e-waste collection event, or have a recycler come and get them from our offices, we want to believe that the recycler is going to do the right thing: to reuse them if possible, and handle them in ways that are safe for workers and…
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California’s Best Labor Day Destination Ideas

California’s Best Labor Day Destination Ideas Every year, the first Monday of September is set aside as a tribute to celebrate the labor movement and all that American workers contribute to the nation…and we call that celebration Labor Day. And how do we celebrate? Well naturally, the best way to pay tribute to a long…
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Top 5 – Solutions to Recycling Problems

Most of us know how to recycle the usual stuff like plastic milk jugs or aluminum cans. So what do we do with some of the other items that we don’t think we can just toss in the recycling bin? Never fear! Here are Top 5 Solutions to Your Recycling Problems. 1) Light Bulbs CFLs…
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Why Older Generations Didn’t Have Recycling Problems?

The Green Thing THE GREEN THING- In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." The clerk responded, "That's our problem…
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Prison Recycling

Federal Government Runs Prison Recycling People are often surprised to learn that our federal government operates prison-based recycling plants. UNICOR, a company that is wholly-owned by the federal Department of Justice, operates several businesses within the federal prison system, including electronics recycling in seven federal prisons. Founded in 1934 as a work program to keep…
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Here are the top 5 reasons people do and don’t recycle

Who recycles on a daily basis? Among people who recycle regularly, there seems to be strong correlations to education, age, and location, with college grads, older Americans, and residents in the Northeast and West leading the pack. Via GOOD. electronic recycling san jose Why do people choose to recycle? Most respondents do it for the…
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Top 5 reasons people do and don’t recycle

Nothing boils my blood more than walking by a trash can filled with empty water bottles or a pile of paper. “Why?” I often yell as I violently shake my fists toward the sky. I understand that everybody isn’t on the same page when it comes to being eco-friendly. Yet, I still felt compelled to…
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The Pros And Cons Of E-Cycling

Mandatory e-cycling is already enshrined in law in 25 states in the United States, but remains a divisive issue. It is a agreed that a way must be found to deal with the substantial number of electronic goods falling out of use each year, the number of which is likely to increase as consumer electronics…
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Our E-Waste Problem Is Ridiculous, and Gadget Makers Aren’t Helping

CHANCES ARE HIGH that you’ll be getting or giving new electronics this holiday season: an iPhone upgrade for mom perhaps, or maybe a new Windows 8 ultrabook. Device upgrades have become increasingly frequent for many of us. Unfortunately, too many people give virtually no thought to what becomes of all these discarded gadgets. And neither…
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Six Reasons Why Products Become Quickly Obsolete

Quickly Obsolete Examples of how electronics are “designed for the dump” E-waste is the fastest growing part of the waste stream. That’s because we are buying new electronics at an astonishing rate and tossing out the old ones. New technology is constantly emerging making that old working gadget no longer desirable. Plus some electronic products…
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City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by

Recycling bins in the City of London are monitoring the phones of passers-by, so advertisers can target messages at people whom the bins recognize. Renew, the startup behind the scheme, installed 100 recycling bins with digital screens around London before the 2012 Olympics. Advertisers can buy space on the internet-connected bins, and the city gets…
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A clean power plan that makes great business sense

Delighted by President Obama’s announcement of the Clean Power Plan, a set of smart regulations intended to tackle climate change and set the US energy sector on a pathway to a cleaner future. The measures include a commitment to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent (over 2005 levels) by 2030, and are a great…
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