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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]

Microsoft says it will expand repair options

Published: October 14, 2021
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Microsoft will complete a third-party study focused on repair to help guide the design of future products. | Paolo Bona / Shutterstock

Facing pressure from a shareholder advocacy group, Microsoft announced it will expand the availability of parts and repair documentation, increase consumer access to local repair options, and more.

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Recently signed recycling-labeling law impacts electronics

Published: October 14, 2021
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In California, many products will soon need to meet a 60% recycling rate to be considered “recyclable.” | Donald Walker / Shutterstock

Electronics manufacturers may be barred from telling consumers about certain device take-back programs in California, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law this month.

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Texas e-scrap collection lags behind processing ability

Published: October 7, 2021
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Research shows there are nearly 60 electronics processing facilities in Texas, some focusing on refurbishment and reuse exclusively. | penofoto / Shutterstock

A state report examining recycling in Texas found there is ample capacity for e-scrap processing, but collection remains a major challenge.

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Morgan Stanley: No data theft resulting from ITAD failure

Published: October 7, 2021
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The Morgan Stanley data mismanagement case continues to work its way through the court system. | wk1003mike / Shutterstock

Data that was mismanaged during Morgan Stanley’s ITAD processes has not been accessed for malicious intent, and therefore the class-action lawsuit against the financial giant should be dismissed, attorneys for the bank said in a new court filing.
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UK asset disposition firm gears up for growth

Published: September 30, 2021
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The company framed its expansion as part of a push to increase the U.K.’s e-scrap recycling rate. | Courtesy of N2S

N2S, an ITAD company based in Suffolk, England, will open two new processing locations and will expand an existing site during the coming year.

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Philadelphia digital equity project adds mail-in option

Published: September 30, 2021
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The Done with IT program will provide a mail-in donation option for residents within a 50-mile radius of the city. | Andrea Izzotti / Shutterstock

An effort to move used devices into the hands of people in need has been underway in Philadelphia since last year. Now, a partnership will add another collection option for residents seeking to donate electronics.

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Koch Industries puts capital toward battery recycler

Published: September 30, 2021
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Li-Cycle operates one of its battery recycling ‘spoke’ facilities in Ontario, where batteries are size-reduced and prepared for further processing. | Courtesy of Li-Cycle

North American lithium-ion battery processor Li-Cycle will receive $100 million from an investment firm under the Koch Industries umbrella of companies.

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Sims launches program elevating women leaders

Published: September 23, 2021
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A leader with Sims Lifecycle Services said the program reflects the value the company places on diversity and bringing in new perspectives. | fizkes / Shutterstock

Sims Limited, parent company of e-scrap and ITAD giant Sims Lifecycle Services, last week announced an initiative designed to support and develop female leaders within the company.

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Morgan Stanley ‘ignored industry standards’ in data breach

Published: September 23, 2021
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Lawyers allege a Morgan Stanley vice president was fired as a result of data mismanagement during an ITAD job. | Kjetil Kolbjornsrud / Shutterstock

Financial services giant Morgan Stanley terminated a contract with its long-standing IT asset disposition vendor to save money prior to a botched data center decommissioning job in 2016, lawyers alleged in court this month.

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As Bitcoin continues to rise, so does its e-scrap impact

Published: September 23, 2021
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New research quantifies the e-scrap impact from Bitcoin mining, the energy- and hardware-intensive process of creating new Bitcoins. | Arina P Habich / Shutterstock

Bitcoin mining generates 67.7 million pounds of end-of-life electronics worldwide per year, according to a recent analysis. That’s substantially higher than estimates from just a year ago.

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