Industry Market Trends

U.S. Steps Up Efforts to Fight Trade-Secret Theft

March 7, 2013

The White House has unveiled a new strategy to help combat foreign theft of American business trade secrets without mentioning specifically which country it’s targeting, though most observers believe the measures are focused on China. Read More

Industry Market Trends

Electronics Recycling Picks Up Steam in Face of Tightening Legislation, Incentive Programs

March 7, 2013

As consumer electronics both proliferate and evolve, an increasing amount of obsolete or unwanted devices are entering the waste stream. For years, unwanted or unusable electronics, including TVs, VCRs, DVD players, cell phones, computers, and more, were discarded in landfills with most other trash. Now, many states have banned the disposal of electronics in landfills, instead encouraging or requiring individuals and businesses to recycle devices. E-waste is the most rapidly growing segment of the municipal solid waste stream, according to Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment. But these devices often contain toxic materials, including mercury, lead, bromide, cadmium, beryllium, chromium, and chemical flame retardants. These substances have the potential to leach into the soil and ground water. Read More