Posts Tagged ‘marshfield’

News: Million-Year Data Storage Disk Unveiled

Recently, MIT Technology Review reported that eroen de Vries at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and a few pals have designed and built a disk capable of storing data over an enormous timescale. According to their tests, the new technology should be able to store data for 1 million years and possibly longer.

From the MIT article: “despite this huge increase in storage density and a similarly impressive improvement in power efficiency, one thing hasn’t changed. The lifetime over which data can be stored on magnetic discs is still about a decade.”

Here’s some technical jargon from the post, describing how the team created the new disk.

The disk is simple in conception. The data is stored in the pattern of lines etched into a thin metal disc and then covered with a protective layer.

The metal in question is tungsten, which they chose because of its high melting temperature (3,422 degrees C) and low thermal expansion coefficient. The protective layer is silicon nitride (Si3N4) chosen because of its high resistance to fracture and its low thermal expansion coefficient.

These guys made their disc using standard patterning techniques and stored data in the form of QR codes with lines 100nm wide. They then heated the disks at various temperatures to see how the data fared.

The results are impressive. According to Arrhenius law, a disk capable of surviving a million years would have to survive 1 hour at 445 Kelvin, a test that the new disks passed with ease. Indeed, they survived temperatures up to 848 Kelvin, albeit with significant amounts of information loss.

You can check out the entire article via the link at the top of the page.

If you’re looking for a reliable asset disposal service, PCS of Massachusetts is ready and willing to help you recycle your electronics and destroy your data.  PC Survivors of Massachusetts, L.L.C.  (R2) Certified,  86 Finnell Drive Unit 6,Weymouth, MA 02188 /Cell: 781-635-6281 /Office: 781-335-1220 / Fax: 781-335-1499 / www.pcsmass.com

14

01 2014

Recycling News: House Introduces Electronic Waste Recycling Bill

Recently, The U.S. House introduced an electronic waste recycling bill prohibiting the exporting of some e-waste to avoid improper disposal. According to an article over at Waste 360, the new bill (H.R. 2791, the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2013 (RERA), would create a new section in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) that prohibits the export of “restricted electronic waste” from the United States to countries that are not members of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) or the European Union (EU).

Restricted electronic equipment means any equipment that contains specific toxic materials at levels greater than those considered non-hazardous by the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a news release from the House of Representatives.

In addition, the proposed legislation would create a research program at the Department of Energy to help evaluate the recycling and recovery of rare earth metals from electronics.

The bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (California) and Gene Green (Texas). With the bill, tested and working equipment could still be exported for reuse. Products also still could be exported for warranty repair or because of recall.

“Each year, millions of tons of e-waste are discarded in the U.S. and shipped to developing nations for unsafe salvage and recovery,” Thompson said. “By carefully regulating the export of e-waste, this bipartisan legislation creates good-paying recycling jobs here in the U.S., while taking concrete steps to address a growing environmental and health crisis.”

The legislation is supported by the electronics industry, including official backing from Hewlett Packard, Dell, Apple, Samsung and Best Buy. It is also supported by the recycling industry, including the Coalition For American Electronics Recyclers (CAER).

If you’re looking for a reliable asset disposal service, PCS of Massachusetts is ready and willing to help you recycle your electronics and destroy your data

01

09 2013

Mapping emerging recycling trends in the news

Over at the blog at Green Heron, there’s an interesting article highlighting a few emerging trends in recycling, complete with links to recent news stories. Firstly, the development of accreditation standards in the recycling electronics:

With the development and acceptance of accreditation standards like R2 and e-Stewards many electronics recyclers are being chosen on the basis of these achievements. As reported in this July 2013 Recycling Today lead story, a variety of factors such as increased enforcement of Chinese scrap metal import specifications and domestic green initiatives have created a very favorable market for plastics and electronics recycling.

The blog also links to the most recent U.S. EPA report (June 2013),  Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2011 Facts and Figures, which shows that the United States is generating more electronics waste but is also recycling more of it.

You can check out the full article here, but here are a few of the links to many of the reports and articles contained in the post.

–  Energy and Environment Legislation Tracking database Choose “All States” and “Recycling-Electronic Waste”.
– “Used Electronic Products: An Examination of U.S. Exports, found that only about 20% of exported electronics waste was winding up in foreign landfills.
Top 20 Electronics Recyclers (as compiled by Recycling Today) based on figures from June 2010.

 

31

07 2013

Responsible data destruction done right

PCS of Massachusetts CEO Lisa DiPaolo Bacewicz and her husband Charles.Courtesy Photo / Wicked Local / Chris Bernstein

PCS of Massachusetts CEO Lisa DiPaolo Bacewicz and her husband Charles.
Courtesy Photo / Wicked Local / Chris Bernstein

PC Survivors CEO Lisa DiPaolo Bacewicz was interviewed last week by WickedLocal.com reporter Mary Jane Hanron, in which she spoke about starting the business with her husband Charles, the burgeoning market for data destruction and electronics recycling and working with major clients like schools and hospitals in Massachusetts.

The electronic recycling and data destruction field is reasonably new and continuingly evolving as more businesses are using electronic record keeping and upgrading hardware, Bacewicz said in the article.

“Today there is so much to know,” she said. “We review the inner workings of each piece of equipment breaking it down to materials that can be sorted and resold. Data must be removed from hardware and managed with the utmost care. These days it is nearly impossible to believe if you do not use professionals whether confidential information will wind up in the hands of a criminal.”

Bacewicz also discussed how their small business has grown to work with 17 major hospitals and health settings throughout New England.

Their clientele also includes the Town of Marshfield and Marshfield Public Schools, both of which use the service as part of the town’s commitment to responsible recycling and waste disposal.

Bacewicz explained profits are generated as raw or deconstructed materials are sorted and sold to vendors. The process is manually intensive and time consuming, yet lucrative.

Using the example of a college student requesting the secure destruction of a collage laptop, Bacewicz mentioned the growing demand for her services and the importance her work holds. As items are deconstructed she explained the company is left with batteries, plastics, wire, mercury, other chemicals and toxic wastes and materials that would never be reused if placed in a dumpster. Her business sells the scraps of material to buyers who in turn recycle the pieces recreating new merchandise from the once useless remnants.

For the entire article, head over to the Marshfield Mariner website.

 

20

06 2013

National Guard honors electronic recycler PC Survivors

National Guard honors PCS company

PCS of Massachusetts CEO Lisa DiPaolo Bacewicz admist the current stream of electronics in the process of being recycled at her 7500 Sq. ft. facility in Weymouth.

PC Survivors of Weymouth was recently given the Patriot Award, which is given to businesses by the Department of Defense Guard and Reserve to recognize extraordinary support of an employee who serves in the National Guard. The orginal article appeared in the Marshfield Mariner last week.

The Weymouth-based business, PC Survivors of MA, LCC, owned by Marshfield residents Lisa and Charles Bacewicz, employs about a dozen young professionals. One of them is Etzer Aunaxe of Brockton, a member of the National Guard who serves monthly and at times during the year for stretches of several weeks.

Aunaxe takes both his National Guard and private employment responsibilities seriously, Lisa said. When he was hired, Lisa said he was open with his potential supervisors about the occasional constraints of his commitment to national service.

“We never gave it a second thought,” said Lisa. “We believed allowing him to go was the right thing to do and a way we could, in a small way, support the causes of the nation. We also knew that by hiring an experienced guardsman, we got so much more in expertise, skill, loyalty, dedication and trustworthiness.”

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06 2013