E-Waste: Not Easy at All

NO RATINGS
View comments: newest first | oldest first | threaded
Page 1 of 2   Next >   Last >>
anandvy
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
Re: E-Waste
anandvy   1/14/2013 4:04:04 AM
NO RATINGS

In the past, companies saying they recycle everything have actually been found to be dumping it all in a container and shipping it off to another country to be dismantled and reworked to look like new.

@SeanN, you are absolutely right. Its hard to track what happened with the e-waste. I think the company which collects the e-waste should be held accountable if the e-waste is used to generate counterfiet material. e-waste should be crushed or completely destroyed before sending it to different region so that it would be hard to generate counterfiet material.

Cryptoman
User Rank
Blogger
Most countries are making an effort
Cryptoman   1/10/2013 10:48:49 PM
NO RATINGS

İ was reading about eWaste management policy in Turkey today. The government is aiming to collect 22.5 B tonnes of old electronic waste from keyboards to printers and old white goods from households in 2013. Apparently, each manufacturer is required to meet a specific quota of waste collection per annum. According to the government's estimations, each individual in a household generates about 300 grams of eWaste per year on average. İ personally think this figure is a very conservative estimate. There is an uncertainty regarding whether the manufacturers will pay to the recycling households any money in return for the collected old items, which is critical to the success of this whole scheme. İ reckon companies will initially try to collect as much eWaste as they possibly can for free until they reach their quota and if they see that they cannot reach the allocated quota towards the end of the year, only then will they start to pay in return for the eWaste they collect. Unless consumers are encouraged to recycle with some cash incentive, any eWaste policy is doomed to fail because throwing things into trash is simple and convenient for most people. People need a good reason to go through the trouble of not doing so.

SeanN
User Rank
Stock Keeper
Re: E-Waste
SeanN   1/10/2013 9:28:52 AM
NO RATINGS

There was, hopefully still is, a very good video by GreenPeace on you tube, where the presenter took his e-waste equipment to an outlet in California. This was supposedly a reputable company. They tracked it from leaving the outlet, to the container, then to the docks where it was loaded onto a ship and off loaded in China, eventually ending up in Suzhou where families earned their wage by heating circuit boards over burning buckets and banging off the semi conductors ready for the counterfeiters to collect them and remark them. Maybe some details are incorrect but please watch it if possible.

So many people are ignorant of what is reality in this world, as long as they get rid of it, they don't care. Suppose the same goes for Governments..... 

Barbara Jorgensen
User Rank
Blogger
Re: E-Waste
Barbara Jorgensen   1/10/2013 9:21:16 AM
NO RATINGS

SeaN: This is absolutely one of the biggest problems regarding e-waste and the overall scrapping policies in electronics. Many companies contract with third parties to carry off their scrap, and these companies have no stake in the electronics or other marekts. This is why I think electronics distrbutros getting into the after-market is significant. Counterfeiting hurts distrbution, so it is their best interest to make sure scrap is correctly managed. Both Arrow and Avnet have acquired or partnered with business that see these products all the way through to raw material reclamation. I think we'll see this practice grow as more companies becoem responsible for the disposal of their waste.

Bolaji Ojo
User Rank
Blogger
Re: E-Waste
Bolaji Ojo   1/10/2013 8:55:36 AM
NO RATINGS

SeanN, You just raised the key issue many consumers and equipment makers would rather avoid. Consumers want companies to be environmentally responsible but how many of us would gladly take our old devices to a dump site where they get weighed and we pay a "disposal" fee? If that's the law of the land many people would rather quietly dump the products someplace. Manufacturers too haven't been upfront about what happens to their discarded products. Time we faced the reality.

SeanN
User Rank
Stock Keeper
E-Waste
SeanN   1/10/2013 2:47:52 AM
NO RATINGS

I wonder if we are all missing a very important question?

When you drop off your old tv's, printers and cell phones, how many people actually know what happens to it and where does it go?

Most counterfeit components in the industry originate from e-waste shipped from Europe and the USA. In the past, companies saying they recycle everything have actually been found to be dumping it all in a container and shipping it off to another country to be dismantled and reworked to look like new. Where do you think the world's e-waste is going?

Who is going to take your rubbish from you and pay to have it disposed off? Not many, but how many will take your rubbish and sell it on for a profit?

garyk
User Rank
Inventory Controller
E-Waste: Not Easy at All
garyk   1/9/2013 8:12:14 PM
NO RATINGS

Why doesn't the EU, CHINA or INDIA figure out how get dispose of the E-Waste. Oh thats right they did, don't take any more from other coutries.

A good question is, how does CHINA get dispose of it's manufacuring E-Waste? Some one needs to find out!!!!!!!!!

Barbara Jorgensen
User Rank
Blogger
E-Waste
Barbara Jorgensen   1/9/2013 5:05:02 PM
NO RATINGS

Way to go llinois! Our town landfill won't take e-waste, but the scrap dealer sounds like a good idea.

divide_by_zero
User Rank
Stock Keeper
Easy to do in Illinois
divide_by_zero   1/9/2013 3:26:40 PM
NO RATINGS

In my city, I can haul just about any post-consumer WEEE to our city garage for free recycling. I also found out that a local scrap dealer buys low value items like old TVs for $0.11/lb and high value ones like old cell phones or PC motherboards for $0.22/lb. I live in the Chicago metro area, so we have high scrap volume and several businesses handling it working for us. In some areas, particularly rural ones, I can see where low volume and long distance could turn this into a money-loser.

As somebody who is about to become an anti-mining activist (all are destructive but some destroy particularly sensitive areas), I become furious when I see people tossing large amounts of copper, brass, steel, etc. into the landfill. If the cost of cleaning up after mining could be factored into the cost of newly smelted metal, recycling would look like a really good bargain. Google "sulfide mining" with "environmental impact" and you'll understand.

Douglas Alexander
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Recycle fees with purchase
Douglas Alexander   1/8/2013 9:19:33 PM
NO RATINGS

In the EU towards compliance with WEEE, the retail stores where the item was purchased are also the return depots and middlemen for forwarding the e-waste to the pre designated recycling center based upon the manufacturer's selection and certification. If Sony is the brand, then Sony has already prepaid for the recycle program and identified and registered with the government. The end-user pays nothing and just has to get the item back to the store from where it was purchased.

Page 1 of 2   Next >   Last >>


More Blogs from Barbara Jorgensen
Electronics vendors are starting to use big-data in supply chain management, but they can do a lot more with the technology.
Electronics makers are looking to leverage the advantages of big-data in forecasting and demand planning. How successful will they be?
Like other catalogue distributors, Allied is moving beyond the catalogue model and taking the "multichannel" approach to distribution.
Manufacturers use software and data for varied purposes in supply chain management, but key goals such as visibility remain paramount.
Gartner envisions a world where tablets become the personal device of choice and PCs become a shared resource.

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EBN Dialogue / LIVE CHAT
EBN Dialogue enables you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Open to the entire EBN community of electronics supply chain experts, these conversations see ideas shared, comments made, and questions asked and answered in real time. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats. Stay tuned and join in!
Archived Dialogues
Live Chat 8/20: Supply Chain Trends to Watch for the Rest of 2014
The supply chain hasn't quite reached the complexity of global phenomena like weather. So we've asked Jim O'Reilly to predict trends while answering your questions.
Live Chat 7/24: Effective Channel Management
Joe Alphonse and Tom Howell of Revitas discuss how to implement an effective channel management strategy.
Latest Poll
The Velocity Report Archive
Click here to see our newsletter archive.
EBN Newswire
VÉLIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, FRANCE   7/24/2014
Dassault Systèmes to Acquire Quintiq
THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN   6/26/2014
Digi-Key Employees Advance Education & Employment ...
Twitter Feed
EBN Online Twitter Feed