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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 Excess Logic 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…
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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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Here Are the Internal Documents that Prove Uber Is a Money Loser

Uber, Silicon Valley’s prized amoral unicorn, is presumed to be a financial titan and a sure-thing IPO in the near future. Which may be true. But one thing that’s frequently missing from the conversation about its inevitable dominance over virtually every facet of our lives is the answer to a fundamental question: Does it make…
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How to Liquidate a Closing Business’s Assets

When you decide to close down your business, you'll need to "liquidate" the business's assets. In plain English, this means you'll want to turn your remaining business assets, such as office equipment, capital equipment, electronic equipment, machinery, tools, and furniture, into cash to pay your creditors—or in a best-case scenario, to put in your pocket.…
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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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The Exit Pitch: How I Hid Behind a Curtain to Meet Eric Schmidt

Tech and startup conferences are battlefields. Everyone attending is in the same competition. They all want to network with the investors and thought leaders of their industry. Let’s face it, even if you come completely prepared (which you won’t), you’re just one person out of hundreds all vying for face time. Not to mention that…
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Sidewalk Labs, a Start-Up Created by Google, Has Bold Aims to Improve City Living

Google’s ambitions and investments have increasingly broadened beyond its digital origins in Internet search and online advertising into the arena of physical objects: self-driving cars, Internet-connected eyeglasses, smart thermostats and a biotech venture to develop life-extending treatments. Now Google is getting into the ultimate manifestation of the messy real world: cities. The Silicon Valley giant…
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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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IBM to Acquire Merge Healthcare in $1B Deal

IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced that Watson will gain the ability to "see" by bringing together Watson's advanced image analytics and cognitive capabilities with data and images obtained from Merge Healthcare Incorporated's (NASDAQ: MRGE) medical imaging management platform. IBM plans to acquire Merge, a leading provider of medical image handling and processing, interoperability and clinical systems…
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U.S Set to Become Global Leader in E-Waste Recycling

This summer, the U.S. government has become a global leader in electronic waste / e-waste recycling. In July, the federal government – the largest consumer of electronic devices in the United States – stopped doing business with vendors who use dispose computers purchased with government money in landfills at the end of their lifecycle. The implementation…
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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. According to a new market research report, Global E-Waste Management Market (2011 – 2016),…
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Universal laptop charger standard is coming

A new universal laptop charger standard that promises to cut down on e-waste has been published in the hope that it firms will choose to adopt it. The International Electrotechnical Commission [IEC] Technical Specification 62700 would be compatible with a wide range of notebook computers and the IEC hopes that it will be adopted in…
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What is Asset Recovery, Resource Recovery, Redeployment & Disposition?

This article is about managing the value of assets. Asset recovery, also known as investment or resource recovery, is the process of maximizing the value of unused or end-of-life assets through effective reuse or divestment. While sometimes referred to in the context of a company that is being liquidated, Asset recovery is also used to…
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Waste Management on Earth – Pros and cons of E waste recycling

Pros of E-Waste Re Cycling Electronics are being recycled and reused rather than being thrown away, which helps prevent a number of environmental impacts. Proper recycling of electronics helps avoid health problems immensely. Economically, it’s a boon to the developing electronics industries and helps create employment. Build a strong Economy: There are many economic benefits.…
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E-Waste Recycling in California

Electronic waste (E-waste): what is it and how do we get rid of it? This term applies to consumer and business electronic equipment that is near or at the end of its useful life. There is no clear definition for electronic waste (e-waste) at this time, but if you can plug it in to an…
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Electronic Waste Recycling in California

California’s Recycling Fee As of January 1st, 2005, the State of California began imposing a new Electronic Waste Recycling Fee (EWRF) on “covered electronic devices (CED)” sold within the state. Much like the California Refund Value (CRV)associated with bottles and cans the funds generated from this fee are to support California’s recycling efforts through the…
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Top 10 Critical Subsystems Suppliers for 2014

VLSIresearch released its 2014 Top 10 Suppliers of Critical Subsystems to the Semiconductor and Related Manufacturing Industries today.  Sales of critical subsystems increased 8% to a value of $8.1Bn in 2014 and seven of the top 10 suppliers achieved double-digit sales growth. The top 10 suppliers now account for 50% of all critical subsystems sales.…
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The Five Biggest Risks to Effective Asset Management

According to the PAS-551 standard on asset management from the British Standards Institute, asset management is defined as: “systematic and coordinated activities and practices through which an organization optimally and sustainably manages its assets and asset systems, their associated performance, risks and expenditures over their life cycles for the purpose of achieving its organizational strategic…
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Business is good for vendors of test and inspection/metrology equipment

Semiconductor test equipment and inspection/metrology equipment are unglamorous yet critical segments of the equipment field. Most people could name the top vendors in semiconductor manufacturing equipment, yet many would draw a blank after identifying KLA-Tencor as a leader in inspection/metrology equipment – maybe Applied Materials and Hitachi High-Technologies, if they’re on the ball. Greg Smith, broadband…
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10 Websites To Help Your Company Save Money on Buying Government Surplus

You have your business, but now you need supplies. Purchasing surplus goods from the government is an easy and affordable way to equip your new and expanding business. From computers to cars to gently used medical equipment, just about anything you can think of that your business might need is sold by the government at…
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