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Report: Device trade-ins bring record-high value

Published: February 21, 2024
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Consumers received back billions of dollars of value from their mobile device trade-ins in 2023, a report found. | Maxx Studio/Shutterstock

The value returned to consumers for their used mobile device trade-ins hit a record high $4.3 billion in 2023, thanks to strong demand for new devices, a bump in the worth of old smartphones and other factors. Continue Reading

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EPA to launch battery recycling work sessions in March

Published: February 15, 2024
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The EPA is convening battery recycling stakeholders of all kinds in work sessions that will begin in March, exploring such topics as battery labeling and collection best practices. | ShowcakeShutterstock

Battery manufacturers, nonprofits, local governments and others can share their experiences with and insights into battery recycling with the U.S. EPA during work sessions that are set to begin in March. Continue Reading

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Right-to-repair disputes crystallize in FTC comments

Published: February 8, 2024
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The Federal Trade Commission received more than 1,000 comments supporting or opposing a recent petition calling for federal right-to-repair rules. | Yekatseryna Netuk/Shutterstock

Whether they were small repair business owners, industry associations or passionate individuals, hundreds of commenters on a recent right-to-repair petition to the Federal Trade Commission broadly agreed that consumers ought to have more options for fixing their devices and using them longer.  Continue Reading

EPA model adjusts for dwindling CRTs

Published: February 1, 2024
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The U.S. EPA’s updated Waste Reduction Model (WARM) tool accounts for CRTs’ falling share of mixed electronics waste streams and the fact that they are no longer being produced. | Justin Pinkney/Shutterstock

Another nail in the CRT coffin arrived in December in the form of the U.S. EPA’s updated Waste Reduction Model (WARM) tool. Continue Reading

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X-Ray tech that finds batteries nets $6.4M investment

Published: February 1, 2024
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BinIt’s Visia system can combine cameras, X-rays and artificial intelligence to spot batteries hidden under or inside recyclable material streams. | Courtesy of BinIT

A young technology company’s imaging system combines cameras, X-rays and artificial intelligence to allow e-scrap processors and municipal recycling facilities to peer into their inbound device streams and remove the hidden menace of lithium-ion batteries and other hazards. Continue Reading

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Device sustainability making strides, but distance remains

Published: January 24, 2024
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Allison Ward with Dell Technologies, Scott Shackelford at Google and Cassie Gruber with Jabil spoke about how sustainability is shaping the future of electronic devices during a panel discussion at the 2023 E-Scrap Conference in September. | Big Wave Productions/E-Scrap News

Electronics manufacturers are making their devices more sustainable every day, with longer-lasting products, reused materials, take-back programs and designs that have repair and recycling in mind from the start, industry experts told an audience of e-scrap recyclers last year.  Continue Reading

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