Apple's recycling robot, Daisy.

The latest details on Apple’s recycling automation technologies was of interest to readers in 2022. | Courtesy of Apple

Examining the trends that pushed and pulled on the industry over the past year can help provide insight into the 12 months yet to come.

Below are our 10 most-read stories from 2022 (organized in descending order, with the most-read article in the No. 1 position at the bottom). The list reflects just how varied our readers’ interests have become, with a number of stories concerning the ITAD, e-scrap dismantling/shredding and metals smelting/refining sectors, as well as coverage of emerging and long-established metals-recovery technologies.

10 | DHL launches comprehensive asset management service
OCTOBER 26: International logistics company DHL is leveraging its 1,200 worldwide sites to bring electronics resale, refurbishment and recycling services to the 140 countries it operates in.

9 | Japanese metals giant buys Canadian e-scrap processor
AUGUST 4: Japanese company JX Nippon Mining and Metals has purchased one of Canada’s largest e-scrap companies, eCycle Solutions. It’s the second example in the past month of an Asian smelting giant acquiring North American e-scrap operations to ensure a steady supply of feedstock.

8 | Treaty tightens regulations on global e-scrap trade
JUNE 16: Basel Convention changes approved this week may drastically reduce – or at least complicate – U.S. exports of non-hazardous e-scrap.

7 | T-Mobile sues Belmont Trading for over $6 million
OCTOBER 19: One of the largest wireless carriers in the country filed suit against its phone resale and recycling vendor, claiming it has been shortchanged $6.6 million.

6 | Morgan Stanley pays millions more in wake of ITAD mishaps
OCTOBER 12: Morgan Stanley’s years of IT asset disposition errors have cost the banking giant over $163 million, according to an updated E-Scrap News tally. New details on the data loss incidents have also recently come to light.

5 | European firms invest in Midwest e-scrap recycling companies
MAY 5: A newly formed company bought a large tract of Indiana land to build an e-scrap metals refining facility, and Totall Metal Recycling was acquired by a global copper supplier.

4 | Ranking of ITAD vendor reputations released
JUNE 3: All Green Electronics Recycling, Cascade Asset Management and ERI scored the top three spots on a recent ITAD vendor reputation rating by Compliance Standards.

3 | Li-Cycle investigated by law firms for accounting methods
MARCH 31: Publicly traded battery recycling company Li-Cycle has been accused by a short seller of “Enron-like accounting” methods.

2 | Acquisition deepens Korea Zinc’s presence in US
JULY 11: Metals giant Korea Zinc is set to control e-scrap recycling and secondary processing operations in the U.S. and Europe, striking a $332 million deal to acquire a majority stake in Igneo Technologies.

1 | Apple lays out details on its latest recycling automation
APRIL 20: Apple added to its recycling technology in 2021, upgrading some robots and rolling out a machine that can recover rare earth magnets that are typically destroyed in the shredding process.


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