E-Scrap News Magazine: PC shipments outpace expectations

PC shipments outpace expectations

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Aug. 28, 2014

It appears PC shipments in 2014 aren’t quite as lackluster as first thought.

While not exactly rosy, the latest estimate from the International Data Corporation (IDC) suggest global PC shipments in 2014 will total 303 million. That’s a 3.7 percent decrease compared to 2013, but outperforms past IDC estimates that pegged shipments to fall by at least 6 percent.

The major driver of the better-than-expected figures is a growing mature market for PCs, the IDC reports. The mature market for PCs is set to grow by 5.6 percent during the year, the highest growth since 2010.

"Programs to reduce PC prices, such as Windows 8.1 with Bing, have helped to improve PC shipments in some segments," says Jay Chou, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide PC Trackers, in a press release. "Coupled with a shift toward more mobile PCs, the market has seen a quickened pace of innovation and a focus on price points."

Tracking shipments of PCs, tablets and smartphones helps provide a snapshot of what the future e-scrap waste stream will look like. It now appears we’ll be seeing more PCs down the road than first thought, although long term growth forecasts, IDC says, remain highly uncertain.

"The prospects for significant PC growth in the long term remain tenuous, as users increasingly see PCs as only one of several computing devices," the research firm notes, with 2018 shipment estimates coming in at just above 291 million units.

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E-Scrap News Magazine: Certification scorecard

Certification scorecard

Aug. 28, 2014

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a roundup of the firms announcing certification this past week.

E-Waste Experts, Inc. of Bristol, Pennsylvania has achieved ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and R2:2013 certification.

Umicore Precious Metals Refining of Hoboken, Belgium is certified to the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards.

Absolute Data Shredding of Norman, Oklahoma; Info Dog Security LLC of Spencer, Iowa; and River Mill Data Management LLC of Columbus, Georgia have either achieved or renewed their NAID Certifications for Physical Destruction of Hard Drives.

E-Scrap News has added OHSAS 18001 and NAID AAA into its certification directory, as well as moved the directory online. If your firm recently completed these certifications, a CHWMEG audit or an ISO 9001, ISO 14001, R2, RIOS or e-Stewards certification, e-mail dleif@resource-recycling.com to be included in this section and in E-Scrap News‘ directory. The full directory is available at http://ift.tt/1i3Gs2Y.

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E-Scrap News Magazine: NewsBits

NewsBits

Aug. 28, 2014

Kenya’s East African Compliant Recycling Center has recycled roughly 65 tons of e-scrap since launching in Machakos last December. Thus far, the company has been able to pay community members as much as $2 per used CRT computer, reselling valuable commodities from a wide range of electronics to companies abroad. While significant in spirit, it appears the operation will need to be supported by a number of additional and larger operations to handle the electronic waste stream in Kenya — according to U.N. calculations, 2012 saw almost 50,000 tons of e-scrap generated in Kenya, a total that does not include devices imported into Kenya from developed countries.

With the city of Charleston, West Virginia and the surrounding Kanawha County down one e-scrap recycling center, the County Solid Waste Authority has compiled a list of options for residents to take their old and end-of-life electronics. Beyond the standard takeback services offered at retailers, including Best Buy, Staples and Radioshack, the County hosts three free e-scrap drop-off events during the fall while Charleston also offers curbside pick-up of electronics through the city. For more, visit the Kanawha’s spiffy recycling website.

News reports continue to suggest that e-scrap is posing a major environmental and human health challenge in India. The latest, a study released by New Delhi-based Toxics Links, shows a direct link between the informal e-scrap sector in Loni and Mandoli and soil, water and air pollution — while e-scrap generation is on the rise within India, the study also points to "a significant volume of waste received from some developed countries" as compounding the country’s current challenges.

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