Tag Archives: e-waste


This week is Techweek, an annual talkfest here in New Zealand about the future of technology.  But there is something that they are not talking about.  I’ll jabber on a bit before making my point. I like technology. Especially electronics. … Continue reading

Moore’s Law for corporate computer repair

Given the amount of stuff coming through for recycling from our corporate clients this pretty much sums it up.   Save

A throwaway society

We really are in a throwaway society.  We have  been calling it that since the 1950s and all of this technology of ours is an increasing part of the throwaway society. I had a Canon PIXMA MG2960 ink jet printer/scanner … Continue reading


I am a bit pedantic about words and I sometimes find the English language a bit messy and illogical.  Anyway, I was compiling a glossary in our knowledge base for the work that we do and I remembered that there … Continue reading

McDonald’s Princess Bubblegum Happymeal toy and e-waste

This is a packet from a McDonald’s Princess Bubblegum Happymeal toy: It had blown off the street into our driveway. The bag is made in China, the contents are made in Vietnam, and it is distributed in New Zealand and … Continue reading

Global e-waste flows

E-waste processing is shifting polluting industries from the developed to the developing world, as illustrated by this infographic from Nature.  This has been happening for a number of decades (and credit goes to BAN and others in bringing it to … Continue reading

Brexit and green electronics

In a referendum on 23 June 2016 the voting public of the UK chose to leave the EU with 52% wanting to leave and 48% wanting to remain.  This will possibly have implications on addressing the many negative environmental and … Continue reading

Poor quality Ozito cordless drill charger

An Ozito OZCD12V1A cordless drill came in to us for recycling and it looked like it had hardly been used.  Rather than recycling it I thought it might be a good candidate for repurposing or rehashing with different batteries. On … Continue reading

E-waste and e-scrap

Here at Ecotech Services we have blogged a lot about e-waste and we have got some info pages about it.  Our mission is actually to turn all e-waste into e-scrap.  E-scrap is the stuff that is recycled and e-waste goes … Continue reading

Robots and e-waste

Robots are used a lot in manufacturing and I have been thinking about using them for e-waste processing.  In most cases it is not a goer because set up costs are too high and the volumes are too small, but … Continue reading