Spring Cleaning

Give Your Electronics A Spring Clean

Photo Source Spring has sprung, and you know what that means. Spring cleaning. But we’re not just talking about those dust bunnies in the corner. We’re talking about your electronics—and 4th Bin is here to help. Whether it’s through our electronics recycling services, data destruction handling, asset value recovery services, or our 360 IT portfolio manager solution, our job is to make your spring cleaning a breeze. Curious? Put down the dust-buster and the Swiffer Sweeper and take a look at some of our services instead. Electronics Recycling For NYC businesses, we make e-waste collection and electronics recycling ethical, easy,…

Join us at Cycle for Survival!

Many of us know what it’s like to have a friend or family member diagnosed with cancer. You might feel helpless, depleted, filled with sadness, but there’s one other thing I’m sure you also felt: an insatiable desire to do something about it, to help in any way possible. Two years ago, my oldest son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Luckily the tumor ended up being benign, but I still felt that need to do something. Even now after the tumor has been successfully removed and his condition improved, the feeling does not go away. We all want to…

BAN e-Trash Transparency Project

Just because you gave your e-waste to a recycler doesn’t mean it was actually recycled, according to the Basel Action Network’s (BAN) e-Trash Transparency Project. In partnership with MIT, BAN, an industry watchdog group, placed GPS tracking devices inside of 205 pieces of e-waste like CRT television, printers, and LCD screens. The e-waste was supposed to be recycled safely, however a large chunk of it ended up overseas in what are essentially e-waste junkyards. The report shows that around 40% of the donated e-waste found itself in foreign countries, often passing through the hands of supposed recyclers on their way…

Why the CTO is the New COO

The business world is evolving at a rate which we have never seen before. Technological innovations are being implemented across a wide range of industries, from finance with the FinTech revolution to advertising & AdTech, all the way to the medical profession and MedTech. Technology’s pervasive presence in business is inescapable and virtually every industry is taking the steps necessary to stay current and not get left behind. A major problem arises when a business become technologically complacent: new companies come along, providing the same services as their predecessors, but do so more efficiently and with fewer costs. Commonly referred…

Sign the BAN Petition

This is the reality: Massive amounts of hazardous electronic waste is being exported from the U.S. to developing countries. Instead of being properly or responsibly recycled it is being “smashed, burned, melted, and washed in acid baths in dangerous substandard recycling operations that harm workers, communities and environment.” This is harmful for the environment and for the communities in the developing countries. It also, worryingly, undermines the U.S. based recycling industry. Why is this happening? Because it costs less to export this waste to developing countries as opposed to managing the waste responsibly at home. Now, while it might be…

The Dirty Truth About E-Waste Recycling

Have you ever donated clothing to a thrift shop like AmVets or Salvation Army? If so, I’m sure you’ve felt the satisfaction, no matter how minor, of giving to help further a cause. Now, imagine if the clothing you donated to the poor was instead taken and sold off for minuscule profit rather than going where you were led to believe it was going. You would feel cheated and lied to, but, more importantly, the people who need the clothing are left out in the cold. If the public were to find out a charity was turning donations for profit,…

At 4th Bin, Earth Day is Everyday

There is one day each year that draws everyone’s attention to the harmful effects of pollutants, toxins, and hazardous waste on the environment...and that day is today, Earth Day! Every year, people use today to both celebrate the earth as well as to help raise awareness about the devastating effects that environmental pollutants have on our planet. Here at 4th Bin, we like to think that everyday is Earth Day. One of the primary motivations behind our work is offering an outlet for the responsible recycling of e-waste to individuals who understand the consequences due to haphazard electronic disposal and…

Don’t Let Your Data End Up in the Hands of ISIS

Here at 4th Bin we proudly tell our clients that we are committed to providing the highest level of professionalism, security and reliability when handling certified data destruction, old equipment and e-waste services. We take this incredibly seriously—especially in terms of security. Clients who want to get rid of sensitive IT equipment (like hard drives) typically understand the need for a secure data destruction service. When dealing with other equipment, the need for the service may not be as clear. But it is just as important. Take this cautionary tale that has the potential to completely devastate a business. When…

Tech Moves Pretty Fast. If You Don’t Innovate Once in a While, You Could Miss Out.

Here at 4th Bin, we’re all about helping companies manage their IT portfolios. Why is a smart IT strategy so important for organizations to invest in? Because technology is changing faster now than ever before and if you don’t keep up your work, product, and team will suffer. Need more proof about how fast personal technology and the devices you use to work are changing? Grab the popcorn and let’s go to the movies. Where it once was fashion choices—from big shoulder pads to big hair—that was a dead giveaway that a movie was from the past, these days it’s…

The Importance of Optimizing Employees’ Mobile Technology

The 9-to-5 office workday as it is known, it is dying off, and companies are struggling to adapt. New technologies are expensive – and most businesses are not used to these new technologies. Rather than an office with in-house technology and hardware to help employees work effectively in the office, it is becoming more and more important to ensure employees are able work from anywhere. Even though many companies are embracing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies, the devices still need to be pre-approved by in-house IT and run specific software as well as have certain capabilities. BYOD policies seem…

The Tip of the E-Waste Catastrophe Iceberg

E-waste is a serious problem—now more than ever. Technology is advancing exponentially and thus electronic office supplies are becoming obsolete at an alarming rate. Though keeping up with new technology can be pricey for a company (even though there are ways to mitigate the cost), it often ends up being even more expensive to the environment. When outdated electronics are tossed out, it's common for them to be disposed of improperly. Surprisingly, e-waste is more of an issue than traditional waste because electronics contain a large amount of toxic materials such as heavy metals including lead and mercury. These materials…

A Recommendation For CTOs – Leave Your Job (For a Week!)

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” - Yogi Berra Yes or No: Is it your responsibility to guide the direction of the technology in your organization? Do you guide the strategic development of tech products or services which contribute to the growth of your company? Are you responsible for the technology your company is using? Do you ever feel that, when meeting with peers from other business groups, you don’t have much to offer or aren’t given the respect you feel you deserve? If you answered Yes to any of these questions,…

Managing The Sustainability Breakthrough

In today’s world, innovation is a must for businesses. Sustainability in innovation is a hot topic, so much so that it is not only a bonus when technology and businesses are seen as sustainable, it’s a requirement. The increase in investments has fueled incredible breakthroughs in sustainability. To put this into perspective, the market size for sustainable technology including wind, solar, and biofuels in 2013 was at $248 billion and is expected to grow to $398 billion, meeting 30% of total demand in 2030. Sustainable technologies are replacing the legacy systems and the removal process should be done properly and…

The Future of the CTO – Meet the Chief Transformation Officer

"To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going." - Joe Namath Like technology itself, the role of a company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is evolving. In the past, CTOs could exist within the boundaries of their own department. But with the shifting role of technology within a company— and not just internal technology but the technology of the external facing products and services— it is imperative that the chief officer of technology have a holistic vantage point of the company. The CTO…

Face It, We All Need A Personal Assistant – With SVPAs We Already Have One In Our Smartphones

Our lives are filled with data. So much data exists that it is impossible for the human mind to remember or process all at once. Trying to stay organized for ourselves at work and at home -- so we don’t forget that meeting we planned over a month ago, or a close friend’s birthday is no easy task in our busy lives. At this point, we all need an assistant. 75% of people have their mobile device at hand at all times. Many even sleep with them! Our mobile devices are the last thing we check before going to sleep…

Managing, Investing in and Building your IT Portfolio

Your company is looking to acquire new IT equipment. What goes into your decision-making process? You want something that fits your business and technical needs; that’s a given. You need something affordable as well; you can’t blow your budget. And you don’t want to be paying for functionality you won’t use. (Your employees may love a Radeon R9270X graphics card, but it’s not the best investment for a corporate computer). That’s about it, right? It’s not that simple. What is IT Portfolio Management? This is important. New technology is more than just a piece of hardware – it’s an asset.…

Chief Hierarchy Chart

CTOs: Finding a Seat at the Table

“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” - Albert Einstein As a corporate culture, we’re incredibly focused on the progressive power of new tech, but our tech-driven mindset often overshadows the value of the people guiding that vision. Even though “finding the right tech” has become one of, if not the chief conversation for business strategy, most businesses still treat Chief Technology Officers as middling advisors. The role of CTO should be as an executive first and…

Wearable Devices

Is the Apple Watch Making Wearables a Corporate Necessity? Not likely.

“Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.” – Stewart Brand Seeing just how quickly mobile and social media became pervasive parts of business – from advertising down to mom-and-pop shops – there’s a lot of drive to recognize the next big tech trend early and make sure your business is a part of it. Maybe it’s virtual reality, maybe it’s quantum computing, maybe health and fitness or maybe those are a little too tech-focused and less widely accessible. Seeing as leaders at CES and SXSW can’t stop talking…

4th Bin wins EPA Environmental Champion award

4th Bin was started 5 years ago by a couple of technology professionals. We knew technology. We knew New York City. But we didn’t know the recycling business. We decided that, if we were going to start this venture, we were going to do it the right way. To us, there was no sense in starting a recycling business and not actually recycling. We took our commitment seriously and spent that first year receiving a lot of advice and learning a lot about the recycling process, exports and unethical business practices. We made a few mistakes (which we quickly corrected).…

Beyond the Bin

Not all recyclers are equal. Some electronic recyclers promise to do everything their competition does. Some may even recycle your equipment for free or offer money back. If they do charge, fees vary widely. They will claim that they recoup their costs entirely by reselling the scraps. But it’s only computers (including laptops and network gear) that have scrap value - everything else is a cost. So they’ll give you a few “pennies on the pound” for those computers to make you feel valued. Most no-cost, value-back services are more likely to cut “recycling” corners. Or worse — they sell…