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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]

E-scrap recycling rate increased in 2018

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Obsolete electronics gathered for recycling.

Figures show a modest increase in recovery and a decrease in generation were responsible for the recycling rate increase. | penofoto/Shutterstock

After declining for multiple years and then remaining flat, the U.S. electronics recycling rate inched back up in 2018, according to new figures from the U.S. EPA.

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Metals experts talk pandemic impact and forecast demand

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Shredded e-scrap showing gold and other metals.

The e-scrap metals market saw a significant impact from the coronavirus pandemic, which made obtaining supply a challenging task. | Amy_VonDe/Shutterstock

Processors were not alone in feeling supply and demand impacts from COVID-19. Their downstream partners were in a similar boat, as three smelting and refining experts explained during a presentation last week.

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Right-to-repair bill handily approved in one state

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Interior of car showing the dash and information display screen.

Repair stakeholders say that voter approval of the Massachusetts bill is an indication of growing public support for policies protecting independent access to repair resources. | RoClickMag/Shutterstock

A ballot measure guaranteeing independent automotive repair shops access to crucial vehicle data passed by a large margin in Massachusetts this week. Repair advocates hailed the victory as a sign of support for broader repair legislation.

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France will assign devices a repair rating

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A phone opened for repair.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021 smartphones, TVs, laptops and some appliances sold in France will receive a repairability score in the form of a sticker on the product’s packaging. | Preechar Bowonkitwanchai/Shutterstock

Looking to extend the lifetime of electronics, French officials plan to introduce a rating system that communicates repairability and durability to consumers.

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