Australia: The average Australian household has 17 electronic devices in the home, according to new research, and almost half are holding onto old electronics “just in case they’re needed again.” TechGuide reports on data compiled by TechCollect, which found only a quarter of households are recycling their old devices. Another quarter of respondents say they throw their devices in the trash, despite high awareness among respondents of the hazardous substances inside them.
Global: Analysts say worldwide computer shipments are on the decline, but just how much varies based on who is asked. Gartner calculates PC shipments declined 3.6 percent during the third quarter of 2017 compared with the same quarter a year ago, while the International Data Corporation puts the decrease in the same period at a more modest 0.5 percent.
Global: Researchers say the global battery recycling market will hit $21.04 billion by 2025, representing a compound annual growth rate of 10.4 percent. The report by Grand View Research points to the “presence of stringent government regulations” as influencing the market growth during the coming years.
Macau: The government has launched an e-scrap pilot project to collect at least 50,000 devices, including computers and mobile phones. According to the Macau Daily Times, officials have been collecting about 7,000 tons of devices per year and want to ramp up their collection as device usage continues to increase.