Posts Tagged ‘e-waste’

 

Remanufactured in the USA

For years,U.S.companies have found that by outsourcing to developing nations, they can save money on labor and manufacturing costs, while maintaining stable transportation costs. Many companies, especially smaller or new ones, are not equipped to handle all the aspects of their businesses in-house. Due to the costs of purchasing and setting up equipment, as well as training a staff, it is often more cost effective to outsource some activities to other companies who specialize in specific areas.

But that tide seems to be turning now, as developing nations are growing and becoming economically more viable. Due to increasing wages and transportation costs overseas, the cost of doing business offshore is rising.

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Why Returns Management Companies can be our Environmental Stewards

Due to the human need for status and entertainment, modern culture has been careless in its adaptation of energy-intense and resource-depleting technology. We look at the advantages of new technology without a thought to what happens to the old products that are left behind in wake of the “upgrade.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), e-waste is not going to be eliminated anytime soon. We have as many as 99 million analog TVs that are left to be disposed. Also, the EPA reports that nearly three out of four computers sold in theU.S. are stockpiled in garages and closets, or thrown away into landfills or incinerators.

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eCycling for Responsible Electronics Disposal

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) kicked off a national eCycling Leadership Initiative campaign to collect about 89 million cubic feet of electronic waste – enough to fill a 71,000-seat NFL football stadium.  This is the first ever industry-wide program to make consumers and industries more aware of the need to improve our environment, and to draw attention to the need for responsible disposal and recycling of electronic material.

According to CEA figures, 300 million pounds of electronic material was recycled in 2010. The goal of the initiative is to reach one billion pounds of e-waste by the year 2016.

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