The Consumer Electronic Association reports that there has been 53 percent year-over-year growth in gadget collections and that mobile phone trade-ins are also on the rise. Another report from eRecycling Corps, which specializes in mobile device recycling and re-selling, says that it has handled more than 550,000 device trade-ins in March 2012 alone – a 300 percent increase over what it handled in March of last year.

Both of these reports are extremely encouraging to the e-waste industry and to environmentally-conscious people everywhere. It means more and more electronics are being recycled and re-used rather than being dumped into landfills. In fact, eRecycling Corps says that they’ll be keeping an estimated 6 million devices out of landfills this year through their refurbishing efforts.

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Android OS Tablets Disappointed Google

Google basically developed the Android OS (Operating System) with the idea that any company that wanted to use it could, unlike Apple who keeps the OS for their i-line of devices wrapped up for use only with products they manufacture, making it up to them to control the cost of those features which some users felt had gotten a bit out-of-control.

Apparently, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has been unhappy with the quality of the tablets coming out using the Android OS. So, it looks as if he is going to show the world what they had expected to see in a tablet- by fall Google will be unveiling a new Android tablet manufactured by Asus.

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We live in a digital world where everything is stored electronically. Most of the data is stored on hard drives and many of us keep sensitive information on our computers, backup drives, etc. So what do you do when you’re going to get ride of that old computer or drive?

Just handing over data can be risking a lot. Even if the company you’re handing it to promises to scrub the drive clean first, you can’t be sure they do ñ or that they’re doing it right. Most will, of course, but for a recycler, scrubbing is a costly, time-consuming process. Some less scrupulous resellers will merely delete data the simple way, which leaves it on the hard drive for anyone to find, if they have a little know-how.

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A new rule is coming from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) that will require all contractors with the federal government who work with equipment paid for with USG funds to work with recyclers certified through federally-recognized programs. This rule is expected to take effect within the next 90 days or so, according to the GSA, and guidelines will appear very soon.

The regulation would require any federal contractor using federal funds to purchase or use IT equipment to re-use or recycle that equipment through a qualified and certified federal recycling provider.

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