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Positive U.S. government developments for R2 and responsible e-scrap management

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Recently the U.S. Government made two important decisions which will benefit R2-certified recyclers.

 

In GSA Bulletin FMR B-34: Disposal of Federal Electronics Assets, dated February 29, 2012, the federal government called for prohibiting landfilling or dumping of any federal government-owned IT assets. It also calls for federal agencies to manage used electronics through recyclers that hold R2 or equivalent certification. The federal government is the largest electronics customer in the country with an IT budget of approximately $80 billion.

 

Last week, the U.S. General Services Administration proposed extending these two requirements to apply to federal contractors that use IT equipment purchased with federal dollars.

 

The new rule for contractors should be enacted in 90 days and is very far reaching. Some very large companies operate as contractors and use equipment purchased with federal funds, for example SAP, Verizon and AT&T. In 2011 it's estimated the federal government issued at least 140,000 IT equipment contracts worth about $11 billion.

 

Previously such moves by the federal government have served as a "jump start" for change in the private sector. For example, once the federal government required purchase of IT equipment that conformed to the EPEAT standard, registration of products to EPEAT and adoption in the private sector of the standard grew quickly. These recent moves by GSA will drive more customer demand for R2-certified recyclers.

 

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GSA Announces New E-Waste Policy for Federal Government


SecurID Company Suffers a Breach of Data Security

Friday, March 18, 2011

The RSA Security division of the EMC Corporation said Thursday that it had suffered a sophisticated data breach, potentially compromising computer security products widely used by corporations and governments.

 

The company, which pioneered an advanced cryptographic system during the 1980s, sells products that offer stronger computer security than simple password protection. Known as multifactor authentication, the technology is typically based on an electronic token carried by a user that repeatedly generates a time-based number that must be appended to a password when a user logs in to a computer system.

 

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GSA Announces New E-Waste Policy for Federal Government


INTERPOL, U.S. EPA and 20 Countries Target Illegal E-Waste Trade

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Identifying and implementing a worldwide strategy to combat the illegal traffic in electronic waste was the focus of an INTERPOL Global E-Waste Crime Group meeting which concluded today.

 

The three-day meeting co-hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Criminal Enforcement provided a forum for more than 100 representatives and experts from 21 countries and 12 nongovernmental organizations, the largest ever such gathering of involved countries and agencies.

 

"America is committed to working with its international law enforcement partners to explore all avenues available to curb the illegal transport of hazardous waste transnationally," said Fred Burnside, director of the EPA's Office of Criminal Enforcement. "The work of this group should send a strong message that the environmental cops are on the beat."

 

Read the full story at Environment News Service - International Daily Newswire:

INTERPOL, U.S. EPA and 20 Countries Target Illegal E-Waste Trade


Bio-Grow: Electronic Waste To Grow Algae For Biofuels

Friday, May 14th, 2010

It's hard to imagine that the widespread issue of electronic waste could be seen as anything more than a problem, but what if it could be reused to make homegrown algae biofuels? That's what industrial design students at of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are envisioning with an 'algae bioreactor' called the Bio-Grow - a device which can cultivate high outputs of algae intended for biofuel production - all built from old computer parts.

 

Read the entire article at:

TreeHugger - Bio-Grow: Electronic Waste To Grow Algae For Biofuels


BAN to Certify and Audit E-Waste Recycling

Friday, May 7th, 2010

The Basel Action Network, an American watchdog group that has sought to curb the export of toxic electronic waste from the United States, plans to begin a new certification and auditing program on Thursday for both recyclers and companies that generate electronic refuse.

 

In addition to outlining safe domestic handling and disposal practices for old televisions, computers and other electronic devices, the system would effectively bar participating recyclers from exporting toxic, nonfunctional electronic waste to developing nations. The program will compete directly with a less stringent standard recently developed by industry and the federal government that companies and recyclers say makes more economic sense.

 

Read the entire article at the New York Times:

A Program to Certify Electronic Waste Recycling Rivals an Industry-U.S. Plan


Digital Copiers May Be Exposed To Hackers

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Every time you make a digital copy of a contract or other important document, be aware. Another copy is going into the printer's memory, its computer hard drive. It can be hacked and the information stolen by identity thieves. CBS 2's Mike Parker has a look into this brave new world of crime.

 

Let's say you copy your income tax return with Social Security numbers. There's a crook out there who would love to steal that information from the printer's attached computer. He can probably do it. It's not that hard.

 

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CBS 2 - Chicago


Go Green With E-Solutions USA

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

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Alex Lin, Teenage Activist

Monday, April 5th, 2010

He's overseen the recycling of 300,000 pounds of e-waste. He's successfully lobbied the Rhode Island state legislature to ban the dumping of electronics. He's used refurbished computers to create media centers in developing countries like Cameroon and Sri Lanka to foster computer literacy.

 

He’s Alex Lin and he’s just 16 years old.

 

“I don’t see anything uncommon in it,” says Lin, a high school senior from Westerly, Rhode Island. “My friends and I have been doing this since fifth grade. It’s become part of our lifestyle.”

 

Lin’s catalytic moment came in 2004 when he chanced upon a Wall Street Journal article. “It first alerted me to the e-waste problem, and warned of an e-waste tsunami to come.”

 

E-waste, or electronics garbage, is the quickest growing section of the U.S. trash stream. In 2007, Americans discarded more than 112,000 computers daily, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Even worse, just 18 percent of discarded televisions and computer products were collected for recycling.

 

Read the entire article at:

TakePart - Alex Lin, Teenage Activist


Urgent Need to Prepare Developing Countries for Surge in E-Wastes

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Bali, 22 February 2010 - Sales of electronic products in countries like China and India and across continents such as Africa and Latin America are set to rise sharply in the next 10 years.

 

And, unless action is stepped up to properly collect and recycle materials, many developing countries face the spectre of hazardous e-waste mountains with serious consequences for the environment and public health, according to UN experts in a landmark report released today by UNEP.

 

Issued at a meeting of Basel Convention and other world chemical authorities prior to UNEP's Governing Council meeting in Bali, Indonesia, the report, "Recycling - from E-Waste to Resources," used data from 11 representative developing countries to estimate current and future e-waste generation - which includes old and dilapidated desk and laptop computers, printers, mobile phones, pagers, digital photo and music devices, refrigerators, toys and televisions.

 

Read the entire article at:

unep.org


Health Net's Data Breach Highlights Need for Privacy Officer

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Health Net Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded managed health care companies, recently notified authorities and informed affected persons, with a statement on its website, that the unencrypted personal information of 1.5 million current and former members, stored on a portable disk drive, is missing from the company's Connecticut office. The company is now working to send written notices to affected individuals in four states—Arizona, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

 

Read the whole story at:

Workplace Privacy Report


Missile data found on hard drives

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Sensitive information for shooting down intercontinental missiles as well as bank details and NHS records was found on old computers, researchers say.

 

Of 300 hard disks bought randomly at computer fairs and an online auction site, 34% still held personal data.

 

Researchers from BT and the University of Glamorgan bought disks from the UK, America, Germany, France and Australia.

 

The information was enough to expose individuals and firms to fraud and identity theft, said the researchers.

 

read the full story at BBC News


E-Solutions In The News: Long Island Business News

Monday, April 27th, 2009

In an era when computers go out of style faster than the latest fashion, firms are turning to companies that specialize in erasing data and recycling electronic equipment. Simply disposing of old computers, even if you think you erased all of the data, can be a huge risk.

 

“You can do just about anything you want to your hard drive to get rid of information and the data is still on the hard drive,” said Nicholas Gerbino, president of E-Solutions USA, a Hauppauge environmental recycling, data destruction and asset recovery company, of his work with a bank. “In some cases, there’s no absolute requirement for data destruction. In this case, there was an absolute need for data destruction.”

 

Gerbino said the bank’s IT department estimated it would cost as much as $75 to clean each hard drive by writing over data, while his firm did it for about one-tenth of that.

 

Originally published in the November 2008 issue of Long Island Business News.
Original article can be viewed here.