May | 2016 | Bass Computer Recycling (BCI)

E-waste from Dell/Goodwill “Reconnect Program” was exported, despite Dell’s no-export policy

A new report released today by the Basel Action Network (BAN) documents e-waste which was dropped off at Goodwill sites that partner with Dell for e-waste recycling, ended up being exported to Asian countries, in violation of Dell’s policy not to export e-waste to developing countries.  The report titled, “Disconnect: Goodwill and Dell Exporting the […]

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Solvents, paints and bulbs were mismanaged

Here’s a recent EPA enforcement action. Company: MI Metals, Millersburg, PA. Business: Metal fabrication. Penalty: $58,816. Reasons for penalty: MI Metals didn’t follow basic Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules for handling caustic cleaning solvents and waste paints. EPA cited the firm for not: ·         keeping hazardous waste storage containers closed ·         having an […]

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Industry responds to export report

A recently released export tracking study from the Basel Action Network found that roughly one-third of low-value devices dropped off for recycling in the U.S. ended up outside the country. But industry leaders and researchers say the findings do not point to clear conclusions about the amount of e-scrap material sent overseas overall. Tracking 200 […]

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TCEQ Adopts Changes to the Industrial Solid Waste and Municipal Hazardous Waste Rules

June 2016 – On May 25, 2016, TCEQ commissioners adopted waste rules that amend or add to 30 TAC Chapter 335. These new rules will: Incorporate changes set forth in the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Establish a new exclusion from regulation as a solid waste for certain steel slag, as set forth […]

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Which Hard Drive Disposal Method Should You Use?

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 6,079 data breaches striking businesses of all sizes across the United States from January 1, 2015 to April 18, 2016. During that time, an incredible 862,527,023 individual records were compromised. When you consider the fact that, according to the IBM 2015 Cost of a Data Beach Study, […]

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each piece of information lost in a data breach is worth roughly $154

Why Secure Data Destruction is Necessary

Many people fail to realize until it’s far too late that the term “data security” doesn’t just refer to data as it is being stored, but also how it is properly disposed of to help make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. According to a study conducted by Ponemon Institute and IBM, the average […]

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