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E-Cycle Washington has released its latest program numbers. Washington collected 3.77 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors in August, bringing the total collection for the first eight months of the year to 28.6 million pounds — an increase of 4.6 percent over the same period in 2011. A full breakdown of the numbers is available here.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is proposing changes to the state's e-scrap handling rules to clarify categorization of TV and game console manufacturers and improve collection data reporting. The proposed rule changes can be viewed here, and comments are due by Nov. 2.

Li Tong Enviro Tech Company has been named by the China Electronic Enterprise Association as the first official recycling company for end-of-life mobile phones in the country. The announcement is part of China's goal to achieve a 95-percent recycling rate for mobile phones by 2015. Collected material for the pilot program will be processed at Li Tong's 33,000 ton-per-year facility, located just outside of Hong Kong.

Fujitsu has developed a system for recycling the plastic used in CDs and DVDs into cases and housings for notebook computers. The new method utilizes is expected to reduce the company's plastic use in manufacturing PCs by 10 tons per year.

A Missouri couple — Tim and Cathleen Coffman — have been fined $20,000 for illegally disposing of electronic waste. The Coffmans had set up an unregistered electronics recycling operation in their home.

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