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About Colin Staub

Colin-StaubColin Staub has been a reporter at Resource Recycling since January 2017. Before that he worked as a reporter at the weekly newspaper in Newberg, Oregon, and has been a freelance writer at other publications in Portland. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Nonprofit processor plans major expansion

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Employees at the RecycleForce facility dismantle electronics.

RecycleForce currently processes about 10 million pounds of electronics per year, a figure set to triple with the upcoming facility. | Mark Curry / RecycleForce

RecycleForce, an Indianapolis e-scrap operation that hires formerly incarcerated individuals, will build a new facility that doubles its existing space. The project will give the organization a permanent home after it has moved several times over the years.

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Here’s where electronics repair bills are still alive

Published: April 29, 2021
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Mass. state capitol building in Boston.

Legislation addressing electronics repair has advanced in Massachusetts, among other states. | Real Window Creative / Shutterstock

More than 40 legislative proposals have been introduced across the country covering repair of a variety of equipment types, and electronics-focused bills remain active in at least nine states.

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Growing battery processor plans next US facility

Published: April 22, 2021
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Arizona on a map of the U.S.

Li-Cycle highlighted Arizona’s burgeoning electric vehicle sector as key to the location of the next facility. | Alexander Lukatskiy / Shutterstock

Lithium-ion battery recycling company Li-Cycle will build its third North American plant in the Phoenix area. The operation will be able to process up to 22 million pounds of batteries per year.

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OEM processing goals, mail-in education and reverse logistics

Published: April 15, 2021
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Intel sign on company building with blue sky and trees.

Intel reported the company will expand the scope of its reverse logistics program and optimize reuse and recovery of returned products. | Bandersnatch/Shutterstock

Belkin reported on its recycling progress, Dell launched a collection advertising campaign, and Intel wrote about how it works with device returns. These are a few recent developments from electronics manufacturers.

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Collector and broker adds e-plastics processing line

Published: April 15, 2021
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Closeup of collected e-scrap for recycling.

A 100,000-square-foot facility in Spain will have the capacity to process more than 50 million pounds of e-plastics per year. | sonsart/Shutterstock

Spanish plastics recycling operation Fosimpe will enter the mixed-plastics processing sector in the coming weeks, driven not only by the global regulatory environment but by greater public interest in domestic material processing.

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Lawmakers revive bill to restrict e-scrap exports

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Shipping containers stacked in a logistic yard.

Previous iterations of the Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act have struggled to gain traction. | Sreytoch Lann/Shutterstock

Federal legislators have reintroduced legislation banning exports of untested, non-working electronics, a move that could significantly alter the way that many e-scrap companies handle material.

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OEMs and processors join global e-scrap partnership

Published: March 25, 2021
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Printed circuit boards for recycling.

The Circular Electronics Partnership is being facilitated by a handful of organizations, including the Global Electronics Council and the World Economic Forum. | Iryna Imago/Shutterstock

Dell, Glencore, Microsoft and Sims are among the founding collaborators of the Circular Electronics Partnership, a new initiative focused on boosting recovery and reuse of electronics.

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