May 2, 2024

Disposing of Alkaline Batteries: What You Need to Know

How are you disposing of alkaline batteries? All of the batteries you use around a home or business – 9-volt, AA, AAA, C, D, etc. – are all examples of single-use alkaline battery sizes. It’s the Energizer, Duracell, Rayovac, and generic store brand batteries you purchase in stores.Single-use batteries go into fire/smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, flashlights, […]

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April 29, 2024

Cell Phone Recycling: What to Do With Old Technology

In the U.S., consumers replace their cell phones every two and a half to three years. In general, Samsung offers five to seven years of security updates. Google Pixels get five years of security updates. The iPhone’s security updates end after about five years. The lesser-known Fairphone promises security updates for seven years. When new viruses, […]

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April 4, 2024

Alkaline Battery Recycling: Notable Public-Private Partnerships

Alkaline batteries, also known as single-use batteries, are the batteries you use each day in things like smoke detectors, remotes, and portable radios. When they run out of energy, it used to be commonplace to throw them into the household trash. In some communities, it’s what people are told to do.Trashing alkaline batteries isn’t the […]

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February 26, 2024

Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling and Urban Mining: Tapping Into Local Resources

By 2030, Statista estimates the demand for lithium-ion batteries around the world will have increased by 7x. A lot of this growth focuses on the demand for electric vehicles and the decline of gas- or diesel-powered trucks, cars, and SUVs. While lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) help us live technology-rich lives, these rechargeable batteries are also environmental hazards. 

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February 16, 2024

E-Waste and Election Years: The Effects of Democracy

Senators Tom Carper, Shelley Moore Capito, and John Boozman reintroduced The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act after it failed to make it past the House in 2022. The goals of this bill are to make it easier for people to recycle electronics and other harder-to-recycle products. As of February 2024, S.1194 hasn’t progressed.E-waste is an […]

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January 15, 2024

International Standards for Secure Hardware Destruction

Every company and person possessing computers, printers, copiers, and other electronics must ensure that they destroy the hardware following their country’s standards. Improperly destroying electronics can affect lives and potentially lead to hefty fines, lawsuits, and negative publicity. 

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