Tracking Study Provides Insight into US e-Scrap Reports

Brooks Hoffman

Dennis Ward Enterprises (DWE), a California company that runs the Green Tracking Service, recently released a report that provides a high-level look at the journeys traveled by e-Waste materials that were seeded with trackers in 2017 and 2018.

DWE and its tracking program are part of a wider industry push to install GPS in end-of-life devices to better chart the movement of material through the electronics recycling and reuse chain.  The Green Tracking Service report analyzed data from 170 trackers that were deployed, mostly by Green Tracking Service clients, across the U.S.   The analysis indicates that 5% of tracked products were exported.  Of the devices that were exported, almost all entered countries that aren’t members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  50% entered the New Territories region of Hong Kong; 25% were exported to Klang and Segamat, Malaysia; 13% went to Karachi, Pakistan; and 12% percent wound up in Shanghai.  This report underscores the importance of using environmentally-compliant ITAD providers such as Iron Mountain.

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