There’s lots of talk about the “circular economy” without a lot of explanation of why we call it circular. We get the idea that we’re closing a loop (a decidedly circular image) and that we’re bringing things back (full circle, as it were). But first it’s important to understand the departure from our current linear economy, which is decidedly one directional. The linear economy extracts raw materials and manufactures new goods with the intention that at the end of their useful life these goods will be discarded.
The signing of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) agreement in Paris last month is a victory for many who have been laboring for decades. It is miraculous that the world, as represented by 154 nations, has committed to address what is threatening us all – the devastating effects of global warming. But as we know, the behaviors driving the warming of the planet cannot and will not be stopped or even slowed with the flick of a switch or the signing of an agreement.
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 organizational details may well fall to someone with little or no background in IT or IT asset disposition. And, unbeknownst to many, a simple office move may result in significant risk to the organization.
Short of a surgeon general’s warning on every piece of electronics, this report in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) should serve as ample admonition about the growing health consequences associated with electronics at their end of life. The peer-reviewed journal article reflects the accumulated wisdom of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S.
When it comes to IT asset disposition as a topic of interest, I think the Gartner IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management Summit is the place to be. And I want to thank Gartner for honoring our request to put IT asset disposition at the beginning of the conference. Too often the neglected stepchild, ITAD needs to take its rightful place when it comes to thinking about total cost of ownership, total asset management, end-to-end data security and the overall integrity of a brand.
DENVER, October 19, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today recognized Arrow Electronics, Inc.’s (NYSE: ARW) Value Recovery business for its environmental commitment by naming it a new “Gold Leader” in the state’s Environmental Leadership Program.
I live at the intersection of Sustainability and Electronics. From the moment I learned that the Green Electronics Council (GEC) was producing its first conference, I was excited. Though I’ve attended a fair number of sustainability events, and have produced even more, this is the first conference that squarely addressed the whole of the electronics life cycle. GEC brought together leaders from around the globe and provided very rich, deep content that gave everyone I spoke with that “I’m learning so much” enthusiasm.
Getting rid of the trash is a function that frequently falls to facilities management. As trash equates to waste, trash itself is a worthy target for the sustainability-minded, the economically minded, and the efficiency-minded.
“Consumption,” another word for tuberculosis, is still a major killer even though it doesn’t get a lot of mainstream press. “Consumption” in the form of the goods and services we consume – particularly in the United States – gets a fair amount of press from the sustainability community. Consumption is a part of everyday life; overconsumption is the sticking point. Typically when we think of overconsumption we think of the associated waste – from packaging, from products discarded rather than repaired, or from supersized products or McMansions.
We love the convenience, the portability, the mobility of little. No one seriously considered hauling a desktop computer to work, on the plane or to the beach. Those were simpler times. Simpler end-of-life handling, too.