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E-Cycle Washington, which administers the electronics stewardship and recycling program in the Evergreen State, now accepts portable DVD players as covered electronics. Set-top DVD players, however, are still not covered under the program.

EBay has developed a database called My Gadgets that aims to help consumers understand the value of their used electronics and then sell some they may have otherwise thrown away — or kept covered in dust in the basement.

Some remarkably high-tech, e-scrap oriented public recycling bins are being piloted in and around the Italian city of Bologna. The bins require users to swipe an identification card before tossing their devices, a step that collectors and regulators say will allow them to better understand the demographics of individuals who are actually disposing of end-of-life electronics correctly. The $4.6 million initiative is backed by the EU.

Los Angeles-based hazardous waste company Amberwick Corporation is expanding into e-scrap recycling. The firm has nearly 40 years of experience dealing with a variety of materials including medical waste, lab packing and waste oil. It operates out of a 1.1 acre facility in Long Beach.

Retail giant Staples announced it has recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges since starting an initiative geared toward the products in 2005. The company employs a program that offers customers $2 in Staples Rewards (as long as they've spent $30 on ink and toner in the previous six months) for every cartridge brought in for recycling.

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