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Scrap circuit board metal price sinks in October

The average value of metals commonly found in scrap circuit boards was down by a dime in October, continuing a slide from the previous month.

The scrap circuit board index, which measures the value of commodity metals proportionally weighted to their share in a pound of scrap circuit boards, declined to $6.52 per pound in October. Copper prices stabilized last month, but slumping prices for gold, silver and other precious metals dragged the index lower.

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The Hidden Environmental Risk of IT Asset Remarketing

The Hidden Environmental Risk of IT Asset Remarketing

"By Cindy Miller, Published May 26, 2013 – IT Asset Disposition Blog

When your company turns its retired IT equipment over to a vendor for asset remarketing, what happens to the equipment that vendor can’t sell as a working asset? It’s a more important question than you might think. As you know, the market for used IT assets is fickle and very dependent on trends. If too many of a certain piece of equipment flood the market—because an upgrade has become available, for example—it can be difficult to sell that piece of equipment for a profitable price. But if it doesn’t sell, something must be done with it. Your company, as the original owner of the equipment, may still be liable if it is disposed of improperly. Whether your company’s IT assets are collected by recycler or a remarketer, it’s crucial you understand their entire process through to the final disposition of your assets. The cost of environmental non-compliance is too high not to do your homework.

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62% of Households Hoarding, Not Recycling, Old Cell Phones

62% of Households Hoarding, Not Recycling, Old Cell Phones

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – WRN Staff

Americans are still hesitant about recycling their old mobile phones.

Almost 2 out of 3 households in America – 62% to be exact – are hoarding their old cell phones instead of recycling them, according to a recent survey from mobile-phone security company Lookout Mobile.

Twenty-one percent of households have one phone they are holding on to; 21% have two; 9% have three; and a stunning 11% -- 1 in 9 households -- are hoarding four or more cellphones, the survey revealed.

Lookout Mobile said another 33 million cellphones were expected to be sold this holiday season as consumers rush to upgrade to newer devices.

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6 Myths About the End of the IT Lifecycle

6 Myths About the End of the IT Lifecycle

By Jim O’Grady
Created 2012-12-11 05:00 – Greenbiz.com

“It seems like every time you look up, a new technology or solution is launched to market, promising to be better, faster and cheaper. As the amount of new technology increases, so does the amount of technology that must be replaced.

In the last year alone, the amount of e-waste has increased by nearly 20 percent. Without a proper IT asset management process, residual and end-of-life assets can quickly eat into any cost savings that might have been achieved from implementing the new technology in the first place.

Investing in innovative, new technologies is a must for enterprises looking to retain their competitive edge. It’s more important than ever for CIOs to define an end-to-end process for their legacy and end-of-life assets. The path to asset recovery -- maximizing the value of unused or end-of-life assets through effective reuse or divestment -- is often waylaid by misconceptions. Unaware of their options, or concerned with the seeming complexity of asset recovery, CIOs may be tempted to recycle or destroy old equipment as a first option. Often, this may not be the most cost-effective or efficient option.

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How to Resolve the E-Waste Challenge

How to Resolve the E-Waste Challenge

Dr. Moses Amweelo
July 13, 2012

ACCORDING to UN statistics, the global community produces a total of 40 million tonnes of e-waste every year - loaded into trucks the waste constitutes a chain that easily reaches around the globe.

Due to rapid product innovations and shorter replacement cycles, especially in ICT (IT Association SA- Industry Waste Management Plan, 2011), e-waste constitutes the fastest growing waste stream, specifically in developing countries, with estimates indicating that volumes could triple over the next five years.

E-waste is term used to cover almost all types of electrical and electronic equipment that have reached their product end of life cycle. It comprises three main categories, namely ICT and office equipment (e.g. desktop pc's, laptops, copy-/fax machines, cell phones, and telephones); consumer electronics (e.g. TV, radio, HiFi's, speakers) and household appliances (e.g. kettles, irons, vacuum cleaners). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refers to Electronic Waste as "electronic products that are discarded by consumers."

Electronic waste is not just waste, it contains some very toxic substances, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium and brominated flame retardants. When the latter are burned at low temperatures they create additional toxins, such as halogenated dioxins and furans - some of the most toxic substances known to humankind.

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Data Security in an Information-Rich Age

Data Security in an Information-Rich Age

In today’s society, important personal information like credit card accounts, social security numbers, and private data has become easily exploitable by those who fail to recognize the importance of data security. When taking an old storage device to your local neighborhood electronics recycler, you should ask certain questions to ensure that your information will be destroyed securely and responsibly.

Ask questions like: What happens to my IT Scrap? What does your company do to protect my data? Are you authorized to accept data sensitive electronics for recycling? Is you company R2 certified? The R2 certification is awarded to those electronics recyclers that follow the voluntary Responsible Recycling standard developed by the EPA. Not only does this standard focus on the importance of accountable e-waste recycling, but it ensures customers that their data is being destroyed securely though the scrutiny placed on the recycler’s data destruction processes.

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