RDC Recognised as Investor in Zero Waste

Originally published in January 2017 – RDC, a subsidiary of Arrow Electronics, Inc., and part of Arrow`s global value recovery business, was recently awarded a five-star rating by Investors in Zero Waste for its efforts in reducing the amount of waste it sends to landfills. RDC improved its processes to ensure that zero IT and…

The Drawer of Many Cords

For a long time, I’ve wanted to teach a course in popular literature exploring how social change is reflected in book series. When prolific authors’ works span years, even decades, you can see how social issues emerge and attitudes change. Fewer protagonists smoke. Minorities take prominent positive roles. For more than a decade, climate change…

The Corporate Guide to Managing E-Waste

Somewhere around 1994, when The Internet For Dummies had already become a best seller, I was at a potluck with friends. Someone said to me, “I was going to buy your book, but I didn’t because of the title.” Without thinking, I responded, “Well, that was stupid.” In case you’ve gone the past couple of…

Recycling Revisited

In case you haven’t noticed, the recycling industry is in trouble. I feel fortunate that although some folks think of us as electronics recyclers, we are emphatically not in the recycling business. Our mantra is “Reuse First” and we provide data security and environmentally preferable outcomes for the assets entrusted to us by our customers….

Swimming Upstream

Here in Arrow’s Value Recovery business, we refer to our specialized recycling partners as our “downstream.” We take assets that cannot be repaired or refurbished or have no viable new life in their form as assets per se, and we break them down. First we harvest usable parts. Even if a laptop cannot be repaired,…

Free Computer Recycling? Run Away!

Ads for “free computer recycling” make my skin crawl. Free, of course, sounds good to most people. But as with most “free” offers, there’s a catch. The catch in this case might not be obvious to the office or facility manager charged with simply getting rid of everything. Office moves happen, and the logistics and…