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Move over Apple, Microsoft's Surface Pro is now the most unrepairable tablet to date, according to the repair and refurbishment site iFixit. The display is attached to the rest of the tablet using "the most adhesive we've ever seen on a device," according to a disassembly report from iFixit, and while individual components inside the tablet are technically upgradable, it took iFixit's experienced technicians over an hour to get the Surface Pro open.

In Europe, several trade associations have published a guidance document on all WEEE flows and treatment standards that helps companies ensure proper recording of collection rates.

The electronics recycling industry is expected to grow 3.4 percent in 2013 alone, according to a report from IBISWorld, which attributes the rise to increased consumer demand for products made from recycled commodities. The report also identified industry consolidation as a trend.

Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG has received Patent No. 8,377,382, which describes a method of processing potentially explosive precious metal containing scrap.

The Beer Store, Ontario's largest alcohol retailer that also collects the packaging for beer and spirits, has launched a plot project where consumers can drop off electronics, batteries and paint. Called "Recycling Plus," the program will debut in Ontario's west end and is being done in cooperation with Stewardship Ontario through its Orange Drop Program and the Sims Recycling Solutions Canada will handle the recycling.

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