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Colin-StaubColin Staub is a reporter at Resource Recycling. He can be contacted at [email protected].

Processor employs robotics to process robotics

Published: February 29, 2024
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Robotic sorting systems that have reached end of life are being processed by ITAD firm First America. | Courtesy of First America

Robotic sorting systems are increasingly making their way into e-scrap and ITAD facilities, where they help categorize, sort and even disassemble devices. Now, they’re entering one processor’s facilities as part of the end-of-life stream. Continue Reading

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Sims resells more devices, driving higher profits

Published: February 21, 2024
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Sims Lifecycle Services repurposed 2.5 million devices during the 2024 fiscal half-year, up 39% from the half-year prior. | Rattanapong/Shutterstock

Global ITAD firm Sims Lifecycle Services repurposed 700,000 more devices in the first half of its 2024 fiscal year compared with the prior-year period, representing the third year in a row of significant growth in device volume. Continue Reading

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Repair groups call on regulators to draft rules

Published: December 13, 2023
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Exterior of the FTC building in Washington, D.C.

Multiple groups are calling for the Federal Trade Commission to set a national right-to-repair standard. | Mark Van Scyoc/Shutterstock

Advocates for electronics repair last month delivered a petition asking the Federal Trade Commission to craft rules to prohibit manufacturers from restricting repair of their products. Continue Reading

Sims rolls out robotic disassembly system

Published: February 15, 2024
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MOLG’s robotic disassembly equipment adds automation to Sims Lifecycle Services’ data center decommissioning segment. | Photo courtesy MOLG

Looking to automate its demanufacturing process, Sims Lifecycle Services has installed robotic disassembly equipment at its data center decommissioning operations.  Continue Reading

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Washington device collection weight reaches new low

Published: February 15, 2024
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Stacked devices for recycling.

E-Cycle Washington handled 12.9 million pounds of electronics in 2023, down about 3% from the previous year. | Aquatarkus/Shutterstock

The weight of devices collected in Washington state’s e-scrap program dropped again in 2023, reaching a new low in the program’s 15th year as the portion of lighter-weight devices in the stream continues to grow. Continue Reading

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European e-plastics firm shares lessons learned

Published: February 8, 2024
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After launching in 2020, Sostenplas grew to one of the top five e-plastics processors in Europe. | Courtesy of Sostenplas

Driven by regulations that abruptly restricted global trade in plastics recovered from electronics, Spanish plastics processor Sostenplas has rapidly emerged as a major downstream for those polymers in Europe. The company’s CEO recently shared lessons the company has learned, with an eye toward helping U.S. companies seize a similar opportunity in North America. Continue Reading

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Robotics supplier rebrands with broader company focus

Published: February 8, 2024
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An AMP One fully automated AI sorting system operating at the company’s Cleveland, Ohio secondary sortation facility. | Courtesy of AMP

After 10 years helping the e-scrap and municipal recycling industries retrofit with innovative robotics equipment, AMP Robotics has dropped the latter part of its name, reflecting an emerging focus on building recycling centers from scratch with AI-equipped sorting systems.

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SERI acquires E-Reuse Conference and rebrands event

Published: February 2, 2024
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Sustainable Electronics Recycling International acquired the E-Reuse Conference and rebranded it as the Electronics Sustainability Summit. | Teerapong Mahawan/Shutterstock

A long-running electronics reuse conference is under new ownership by a nonprofit certification organization and has a new name, reflecting a goal to focus on a broader concept of “sustainability” in device management. Continue Reading

Cascade survey: Used laptop market beginning to rebound

Published: February 1, 2024
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Laptops gathered for repair or recycling.

COVID-19 market changes created a turbulent few years for the used laptop market, but recent signs are pointing to a rebound. | ThamKC/Shutterstock

A well-known annual IT industry survey conducted by ITAD firm Cascade Asset Management found the device resale market crash that emerged in 2022 has begun to change course. Continue Reading

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New York merger combines collection and processing

Published: January 24, 2024
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After a long working relationship, New York IT asset disposition firm 4THBIN and downstream processor ecoTech Management have merged. | Courtesy of 4THBIN

IT asset disposition firm 4THBIN and downstream processor ecoTech Management have joined together in a move company leaders say merges their expertise in the front-end and back-end sectors of used device management. Continue Reading

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