Cooking with e-waste?

It would never occur to me to throw my laptop onto a campfire. But we should never underestimate what people in need will do. Throughout the developing world we already have too many examples of villagers melting discarded electronics over open fires to harvest the precious metals they contain. Some of the materials contained in…

Be Careful Who ‘Takes’ Your Used Hardware

While it’s not a new scam by any means, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen any news coverage of a deceptive effort to get people to “donate” their e-waste so that unscrupulous fraudsters can mine their devices for sensitive and private data. Yet, there it was in a recent edition of the Reno Gazette-Journal: a…

E-Waste Management in Brazil

As Brazil’s economy grows, its citizens continue to purchase more and more electronic products. But world-leading levels of electronic device consumption can leave a country with an electronic waste problem. This article from Tech in Brazil outlines the economic opportunities for organizations who can establish an end-of-life strategy for e-waste. There are many paths for…

Highlights from Gartner

If managing or procuring IT assets is your thing, then the Gartner IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management Summit is the show to attend. Around for more than 20 years with a high percentage of repeat attenders, there’s a lot of value to be had, friends to be made, and lessons to learn and share….

What goes in must come out – but can it?

One of the flaws in thinking recycling is so virtuous is that too little attention goes into the energy and materials needed in the recycling process. Without a doubt, it’s better to be able to use recycled aluminum than freshly mined ore, but the recycling process itself is energy and material intensive. Another major flaw…

Robot of the Past Keeps Showing Us the Future

Just up the road from me resides the first example of robotic electronic waste. That’s not exactly accurate, although Elektro the Robot, built in 1937, did sit in storage for years – his body in someone’s garden shed and his head on someone else’s coffee table – until he was reassembled recently. He now stands…

Going to Gartner?

The annual Gartner IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summit is the event where professionals involved in procuring or managing IT asset disposition (ITAD) go to learn best practices, hear about new trends and see what vendors comprise this year’s ITAD playing field. This evolving landscape parallels the exponential proliferation of technologies around the globe,…