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Over the past few years, there has been a buzz about recycling. But a new recycling movement has been getting attention: electronic recycling.

“The start of the process is receiving the equipment and we get large volumes of equipment and a lot of times the client doesn’t even know what they’re shipping at the time,” said President of HOBI International, Inc. Craig Boswell.

Millions of electronics are processed through the HOBI facility in Dallas each month. Once the assets have reached its end-of-life cycle, the high valued materials are recycled, such as gold and palladium.

“When we send this high grade precious metal scrap out they’re going to melt it down and recover the gold,” said Boswell. “Better than mining gold out of the ground we’ve got the gold right here that we’ve recovered from the electronics.”

The HOBI team focuses on re-using as many materials as possible, resulting in a higher profit margin for its clients.

“We’ll bale the plastic together and send it to a resin recycler that will recover the plastic and it can be made into new electronic products,” said Boswell.

With electronic recycling laws coming into affect, companies are facing significant fines for information technology breaches. There is a benefit to using a service provider that offers a holistic solution to e-recycling.

“As these new laws come into affect, these state laws how you can dispose of assets and the burden companies have in their sustainability programs to make sure they’re not only just compliant, but they’re setting the standard in the industry as far as sustainability initiative,” said Boswell.

HOBI has earned R2 Certification which is an independent certification that looks at the company’s data security, the environmental compliance and the downstream auditing.

“We go over and beyond to make sure that we’re recycling everything the right way,” said Cell Phone Supervisor of HOBI International, Inc. Erica Long.

When recycling electronics, such as cell phones, it is important that all information is removed from the product. Often times, individuals will store personal information, such as credit card numbers on their cell phones.

“You really need to do your homework,” said Vice President of HOBI International, Inc. Jack Johnson. “This is a trust business. This is a business where only the highest of integrity should be rewarded.”

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Kimber Westphall is a journalist with the Midwest gal charm. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas where she honed her journalism skills from an early age, always on a quest for that breaking story. When attending the University of Kansas, Kimber put her design skills to the test, spending many late nights in the newsroom as The Universtiy Daily Kansan’s Design Chief. Kimber was a member of the KUJH-TV news staff, both in front of and behind the camera. She started out as a stage manager and audio operator, eventually being promoted to Host and Web Producer of Jayhawks Sports Talk. Through out her Journalistic endeavors, Kimber completed freelance assignments for The Wichita Business Journal and Splurge! Magazine; both Wichita, KS publications. Then, Kimber was offered an assignment she couldn’t pass up. This assignment involved her passport as she traveled on an international press conference to London, representing Adjourn Magazine, based out of Los Angeles. Kimber now works for an advertising agency in Dallas, TX in the Creative Department. Kimber’s main focus is on designing print and web materials. When she is not hitting hard advertising deadlines, she is teaching fitness classes at LA Fitness. In conjunction with teaching five days a week, Kimber recently completed the Washington D.C. Marathon. Kimber is documenting all her fitness adventures, from flying trapeze lessons to Zumba classes on her column, “Blogging Fitness with Kimberly Westphall” on the site midwestsportsfans.com.

 

One Response to “Dallas company offers safe solution to electronic recycling [HD]”

  1. Pam Wenzel Says:

    Great story! Thanks:)

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