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July 24, 2014

Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Pennsylvania has already met its state-mandated 2014 e-scrap recycling target, meaning the organization will no longer accept old CRT televisions at its 30 stores. Once state targets are met, groups and businesses no longer receive funds to put toward the recycling and Goodwill says it simply cannot afford to pay for the recycling of CRT devices on its own.

The owner of West Virginia Recycling Services in the city of Charleston has decided to no longer accept e-scrap from the community, citing overwhelming amounts of expensive-to-recycle televisions and computers. "I’m done with e-waste," owner George Hunyadi told a local newspaper. "It’s just been a big pain in the butt." Residents will still have at least two recycling options for their end of life electronics: the city of Charleston and a nearby Best Buy drop-off site.

An Illinois musician has created a guitar/synthesizer-like instrument out of recovered hard drives and other computer components. "Instruments are this free-form art; they just have to make sound," the innovator, Colten Jackson, told Wired. "Whatever you start with, whether it’s garbage or e-waste, it lends itself to something."

A Chinese firm that offers payments for used mobile devices with resale value has nabbed $8 million in funding from investors including the International Finance Corporation. The startup company, called Aihuishou, uses a digital platform to connect with consumers.

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