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Oct. 25, 2013

Ohio EPA has granted Closed Loop Glass Solutions a permit to install and use an electric glass furnace to recycle CRT glass at its Columbus facility. A public hearing was held last month on the proposal and the company has pledged to follow all air safety and lead level guidelines outlined in the permit.

Washington's state electronics recycling program announced it has collected more than 200 million pounds of covered electronics since 2009. Only 2 percent of the material collected was sent to landfill, according to E-Cycle Washington, and over 90 percent of Washington residents live within 10 miles of a collection location.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a trade association representing some of the tech industry's largest companies including Adobe, Apple, Google, HP, Samsung, Yahoo and others, has endorsed House Resolution 2791, better known as the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act. The endorsement earned quick praise from the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling, an organization of 115 electronic scrap recycling firms that are urging Congress to pass the bill, which would implement prohibitions on exports to developing countries.

Electronic product manufacturer Philips has designed a new light bulb and lamp optimized for recycling. The design allows for easy disassembly and removal or replacement of circuit boards and other components.

Italian company Bio-on has developed a biodegradable plastic that can be used in printed circuit boards. The polymer conducts electricity and the company says it could be used to design biodegradable electronics.

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