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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]

Lithium-ion battery recycler nets major investment capital

Published: July 29, 2021
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Redwood Materials is one of a handful of firms scaling up lithium-ion recycling processes. | OtmarW / Shutterstock

Redwood Materials, a growing Nevada-based battery recycling firm that recently partnered with an e-scrap processor, received more than $700 million in funding from various financing organizations.

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Federal regulators say they will ‘restore the right to repair’

Published: July 29, 2021
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A policy statement includes several specific actions FTC will take and other steps it is asking the public to take. | Alexey Kabanov / Shutterstock

The Federal Trade Commission last week pledged to heighten enforcement actions on manufacturers that block independent repair of their products.

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Processor reports on downstream data project

Published: July 29, 2021
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E-scrap for recycling.

Apto recycled more than 2.9 million pounds of e-scrap and sent more than 316,000 pieces of equipment for reuse in 2020. | Koy_Hipster / Shutterstock

Apto Solutions is experimenting with a new way of tracking where its recycled IT assets ultimately end up. The company released a report on its program this month.

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No ‘magic formula’ to remove battery fire risk, report finds

Published: July 22, 2021
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In e-scrap processing facilities, the report recommends specific staff training to identify and properly handle batteries, and more. | TnkImages / Shutterstock

After charting a global increase in e-scrap facility fires caused by damaged batteries, experts published a handful of key recommendations for preventing thermal events.

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Recycler expands footprint in Sunshine State

Published: July 22, 2021
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Urban E Recycling broke the $1 million revenue mark in its fifth year, and in 2020 it achieved $3.1 million in revenue. | Courtesy of Urban E Recycling

Urban E Recycling opened a new site earlier this year, the latest development for a e-scrap processor that has found a niche by focusing on smaller clients and providing free collection of material.

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State program tonnage drops by 29% in 2020

Published: July 15, 2021
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Washington e-scrap collectors handled nearly 15.2 million pounds of covered devices in 2020. | Alexander Lutaskiy / Shutterstock

Washington state processors handled far more flat-panel displays than CRT devices in 2020, continuing a trend that began the year before, according to the state’s annual report.

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Recycling investment firm moves deeper into e-scrap

Published: July 15, 2021
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Closed Loop Partners invested in nationwide electronics recycling company ERI. | Candyclub / Shutterstock

ERI this week received private equity funding from investment firm Closed Loop Partners. ERI’s chairman says the capital will help the processor deploy advanced processing equipment at its facilities.

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Shareholders ask Microsoft to consider right-to-repair

Published: July 1, 2021
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Microsoft declined to comment on the shareholder resolution, but a company spokesperson pointed to Microsoft’s Devices Sustainability Report for the 2020 fiscal year.| Eric Glenn / Shutterstock

An advocacy group filed a shareholder resolution requesting that Microsoft study the impacts of making repair resources readily available to the public. The company hasn’t commented, but it referenced its existing efforts in the field of repair.

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What drives dishonest e-scrap practices?

Published: July 1, 2021
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Researchers pointed to targeted subsidies and higher penalties for fraud as things that could potentially solve the problem of dishonest recycling. | Gwoeii / Shutterstock

Cost is the main factor contributing to fraudulent recycling activities, researchers recently reported. They say improving the financial equation for e-scrap processors and raising the penalties for bad actors could reduce negative practices.

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Massachusetts EPR proposal grabs hearing

Published: July 9, 2021
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The proposed bill covers TVs, computers, laptops, printers and a handful of additional devices. | Ronald Rampsch / Shutterstock

Legislation introduced in the Bay State establishes extended producer responsibility for end-of-life consumer electronics. In prior years, similar proposals have failed to move forward.

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