Business and non-profits take new approach to recycling e-waste

A recent article in The Denver Post discusses some ways local organizations are keeping e-waste out of the traditional waste stream. The author presents Blue Star, a new Colorado Springs non-profit recycling facility that is certified to high environmental standards, and employs people with different abilities. Blue Star accepts used electronics from consumers and small…

The Global E-Waste Monitor 2014

Electronics have been at the core of my career for decades. Seven years ago, I became aware of the very serious end-of-life issues related to electronics. Since then, despite growing awareness, regulation and commitment, the planet’s mountain of e-waste[1] continues to grow. Historically, measuring e-waste on a global scale has been very difficult. So I…

Electronics and Earth Day

I’m grateful to those companies that use Earth Day as a rallying cry to bring awareness of the environmental risks associated with electronics to their employees and communities. While I emphatically believe that every day should be Earth Day, I’m fully aware that it isn’t for most people, and that the education gap remains huge….

The 46th Earth Day

If Earth Day were human, it might be suffering a midlife crisis. “I’m 46 years old and what can I say about my life?” Sure there’s a growing environmental movement and Earth Day is celebrated in 192 countries, but is the Earth really any better off than it was 46 years ago? Like any 40-something…

You Are Responsible. Are You Accountable?

As a security professional with more than 20 years’ experience, I can tell you that security is everybody’s business, and that each and every one of us is responsible for the data we use, the data we store and the data we ignore. Every organization uses sensitive data – from payroll records, personnel records and…

Arrow Value Recovery named ‘Business of the Year’

Arrow Value Recovery is proud of our United Kingdom facility for being named the Rhondda Cynon Taf Business of the Year and for also claiming the award for Environmental Business of the Year. This award is given to an organisation who has received accreditation for demonstrating a strong commitment to developing and implementing best practice…

Convenience Is the Enemy of the Good

The aphorism “The perfect is the enemy of the good” is well known to many who routinely meet deadlines. With more time, we think, “I could make this better,” but the commitment to delivering on time often rules. En route to sustainability, I think the bigger culprit is convenience. In last year’s IDC Directions conference,…

Heavy Metal(s)

“Heavy metal” isn’t associated only with rock music. In sustainability, it refers to real metals like cadmium, mercury and lead. And we can all agree that while a little heavy metal ringing in our earphones is OK, we really don’t want to find heavy metals in our water or soil. However, they’re in the electronics…