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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]

Why it’s the ‘perfect time to capitalize’ on device refurb

Published: January 20, 2022
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At the 2021 E-Scrap & E-Reuse Conference, the “Diving Into Materials Markets” panel featured moderator Adam Shine of Sunnking, Chris Ko of ER2, Kevin Corrigan of Ingram Micro and Brian Diesselhorst of Igneo. | Dan Leif/Resource Recycling, Inc.

Shipments of new devices continue to experience substantial delays due to pandemic-related trends. According to processors, this fact could drive further demand for refurbished devices.

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Walmart sued over disposal of e-scrap and other materials

Published: December 23, 2021
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According to the lawsuit, from 2015 through 2021 discarded electronics were found in Walmart compactors in over a dozen California counties. | Sundry Photography/Shutterstock

California’s attorney general and several district attorneys this week filed suit against Walmart, alleging the major retailer routinely improperly disposes of e-scrap and other hazardous waste. The company told E-Scrap News the state’s demands go beyond what’s required by law.

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Iron Mountain set to buy ITAD firm for $925 million

Published: December 16, 2021
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Iron Mountain will acquire 80% of ITRenew shares for $725 million in cash, with plans to purchase the remaining stake over the next three years. | Bandersnatch/Shutterstock

Data management and asset disposition giant Iron Mountain this month announced it will acquire a majority stake in ITRenew, a growing company with a focus on data center decommissioning.

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Analysts: EV battery recycling sector nascent for next decade

Published: December 16, 2021
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Analysts suggest there is not a critical mass of end-of-life EV batteries available to support fast scaling of the industry. | Sergii Chernov/Shutterstock

Lithium-ion battery recycling facilities are being announced with greater frequency, many aiming to capture the emerging supply of end-of-life electric vehicle batteries. But a research firm says several factors will prevent this industry from ramping up until after 2030.
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EPR program to require e-Stewards over R2

Published: December 2, 2021
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The Washington, D.C. council passed a bill that will require OEMs in the extended producer responsibility program to do business with only e-Stewards-certified processors. | DCStockPhotography/Shutterstock

Processors participating in Washington, D.C.’s electronics recycling program must carry e-Stewards certification next year. It’s a change from the previous rules, which allowed either e-Stewards or R2 to satisfy the certification requirement.

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Former e-scrap exec sentenced to three years probation

Published: December 2, 2021
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Regulators estimate that Recycletronics stockpiled nearly 17 million pounds of CRT materials and other scrap electronics. | nampix/Shutterstock

The former leader of Recycletronics, an Iowa e-scrap firm that amassed CRT stockpiles and failed in 2017, has been sentenced to probation for violating federal hazardous waste laws.

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Sims begins calculating environmental impact of ITAD

Published: December 2, 2021
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Sims Lifecycle Solutions developed a tool to help clients take stock of the fact that asset retirement is an integral part of sustainability goals. | Vahe Aramyan/Shutterstock

Global ITAD and e-scrap processing company Sims Lifecycle Services recently launched a “sustainability calculator,” a tool to quantify for clients the environmental benefits associated with asset recovery.

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Dell and others detail their recycling vetting practices

Published: November 18, 2021
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Speakers in an online session during the E-Scrap & E-Reuse 2021 Conference.

(Clockwise from top left) Kim Fox of Lenovo, Sean De Vries of Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), Don Hennen of RLG, and Beth Johnson of Dell.

Two electronics manufacturers and a reverse logistics contractor recently described what they look for in recycling vendors. They also discussed how audits have changed during the pandemic – and why some changes may be here to stay.

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Gold prices move higher on inflation concerns

Published: November 18, 2021
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Gold is an important commodity in the e-scrap stream. | ago87/Shutterstock

Prices for a key e-scrap precious metal have increased to near several-month highs of late, and analysts say the price may increase to 2020 highs depending on wider economic trends.

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