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Personal info abounds on used devices

A random sampling of second-hand electronics for sale around Wisconsin found significant amounts of data, including hundreds of pieces of personally identifiable information.

Closed Loop Partners Joins e-Stewards Enterprise Partnership

Closed Loop Partners – a leading investment organization for promoting the circular economy, supported by many of the world’s largest consumer goods companies including Amazon, Coca-Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Danone, Johnson & Johnson, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Nestlé Waters North America, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, Unilever, and 3M – has become the latest e-Stewards Enterprise partner, agreeing to make best efforts to utilize e-Stewards® Certified Electronics Recyclers in their projects and programs. The Circular Economy, the brainchild of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and numerous waste activists around the world, seeks to promote a new paradigm of closed loop, circular materials management that minimizes waste while eliminating negative externalities from recycling that cause harm to populations and natural capital.

Less Than 3% of Recycled Computing Devices Properly Wiped

Here’s some eyepopping data about the computing devices that wind up at businesses that refurbish computers or accept donated devices: Out of 85 devices tested by researchers at Rapid7, only two were wiped properly – and three were encrypted.

Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations Obtains e-Stewards® Certification

Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations, a full‐service electronics and materials lifecycle management corporation providing solutions for electronics recycling, materials recovery, legislative compliance, IT asset disposition (ITAD), product refurbishment, remarketing and resale, and data security, today announced that its corporate headquarters location is now e‐Stewards certified.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Sony. We feel the love!

It’s always a good thing when the biggest kid on the playground makes friends with you. And that’s what e-Stewards is likely feeling right about now. Sony, that big electronics manufacturer you might have heard of, just signed on to be e-Steward certified, and did so with high praise about the certifying organization. It’s a Valentine’s tale of match-making we’d like to revel in today.

Sony Electronics Receives Distinguished e-Stewards Enterprise Designation

e-Stewards® today announced that Sony Electronics has joined as a member of a growing number of e-Stewards Enterprise companies. These corporations and institutions are committed to using the most globally responsible recycling companies that are certified to the e-Stewards standard.

UK worst offender in Europe for electronic waste exports – report

The UK is the worst offender in Europe for illegally exporting toxic electronic waste to developing countries, according to a two-year investigation that tracked shipments from 10 European countries.

The investigation by the environmental watchdog the Basel Action Network (BAN) put GPS trackers on 314 units of computers, LCD monitors and printers placed in recycling facilities in 10 countries. Researchers mapped what they said was the export of 11 items to Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, Thailand and Ukraine.

‘Global reboot’ needed in e-scrap recovery

End-of-life electronics received attention at the World Economic Forum meeting this month. A report from several global entities called for a systemic change to stem rising volumes of unrecovered devices.

Cascade Asset Management Addresses Digital Equity

The Digital Divide continues to impact poor and rural communities where access to affordable high-speed Internet, quality computer equipment, and digital literacy is lacking. Over the past two years, Cascade Asset Management, an e-Stewards certified processor headquartered in Madison, WI, has partnered with DANEnet, a local non-profit engaged in promoting Digital Equity in the community, to address these concerns.