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About Colin Staub

Colin-StaubColin Staub has been a staff writer 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]

Report: E-scrap flows to Thailand despite ban

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In addition to the growth in e-scrap processing, the New York Times report focused on the poor conditions of some Thai recycling operations. | Wead/Shutterstock

The scrap electronics processing industry is active and growing in Thailand, according to a New York Times feature, despite the country’s move to reject imports of end-of-life devices last year.

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Company advances technology for low-grade PCBs

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The PCB Scrap Recovery system is designed specifically to process low-grade circuit boards. | Courtesy of PCB Scrap Recovery.

A Mexican engineering firm has developed a printed circuit board processing system marked by low resource use and simplicity. The company recently patented the process and is looking for partners.

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Collector ordered to pay restitution for California fraud

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The owner of an e-scrap collection company will pay restitution after pleading guilty to fraudulent business practices. | VN Photo Lab / Shutterstock

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The owner of a defunct Orange County, Calif. company must pay more than $150,000 in restitution after investigators found he defrauded the state’s electronics recycling program.

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Processor: Lithium-ion battery troubles go beyond collection

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Regulators are looking at lithium-ion battery labeling requirements, but improper collection of the batteries is just one of their recycling challenges. | Allyson Kitts/Shutterstock

California officials are considering regulating lithium-ion battery labels, but an e-scrap processor says they’re missing a bigger issue: Battery-containing electronics are increasingly expensive to process.

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How one processor went global and kept costs in check

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Processor EPC expanded globally in a relatively short period of time using a partnership model. | Pushish Images/Shutterstock

ITAD firms are increasingly asked to provide international service for their customers, but that can be an expensive endeavor. A Midwest-based processor recently laid out the benefits of partnering with foreign service providers.

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Avoiding the common CRT processing pitfalls

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Megan Tabb of Synergy speaks at the 2019 E-Scrap Conference and Trade Show. | Brian Adams Photography

At the E-Scrap Conference and Trade Show last month, Megan Tabb of North Carolina processor Synergy Electronics Recycling offered advice for companies looking to remain afloat in the challenging world of CRT management.

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