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About Jared Paben

Jared Paben Associate Editor Jared Paben has worked for Resource Recycling since December 2014. Most of his earlier career was spent as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Bellingham, Wash., but he also has experience working for the Oregon volunteerism commission and for Oregon nonprofits serving low-income populations. He can be contacted at [email protected]

URT opens a 198,000-square-foot plant in Texas

Published: December 7, 2022
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Inside URT's facility.

URT installed a new shredding and separation system at its newly occupied 198,000-square-foot facility in Fort Worth. | Courtesy of Universal Recycling Technologies (URT)

Universal Recycling Technologies has invested nearly $7 million in a processing facility that will greatly expand the company’s commodities recovery and electronics refurbishment capabilities. 

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AI robot grades, erases up to 55 phones an hour

Published: December 7, 2022
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Phonecheck's phone rating and erasing machine.

Phonecheck’s robotic system automates parts of the grading process, speeding it up significantly and eliminating subjectivity. | Courtesy of Phonecheck

A company that provides used phone history reports has formally launched a robot that automatically grades a device’s cosmetic condition, performs diagnostics and erases data.

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Suit targets Closed Loop CRT suppliers in Arizona

Published: November 30, 2022
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Aerial view of Closed Loop Phoenix site.

Closed Loop began leasing the Phoenix facilities in 2010, and when it failed in early 2016, it left a combined 106 million pounds of CRT materials on both properties (59th Ave. property pictured). | Courtesy of Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions/ADEQ

Owners of Phoenix warehouses filed a federal lawsuit against e-scrap companies that shipped CRT materials to Closed Loop Refining and Recovery, and already two defendants have agreed to pay out roughly $1 million each. 

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Proposed Exurban e-scrap smelter faces lawsuit

Published: November 30, 2022
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Google Streetview showing farm at right and planned smelter site at left.

An October 2022 Google image showing the Bulmahns’ farm at right and the site of the planned Exurban smelter at left behind the trees. | Google Streetview

Owners of a farm across the road from a planned e-scrap smelter in Indiana filed a lawsuit seeking to halt the project, arguing that a facility of its type isn’t allowed by the local zoning code. 

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Partners planning AI-powered e-scrap battery removal system

Published: November 30, 2022
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Pile of old li-ion batteries for recycling.

The $2.6 million project aims to stop lithium-ion battery fires triggered by damaged batteries or batteries that are damaged during the sorting and recycling process. | Mehaniq/Shutterstock

A European R&D project aims to create an AI-powered system that can detect and automatically remove batteries from e-scrap before they present fire risks at recycling facilities. 

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Processor secures closed-loop plastics recycling deal

Published: November 17, 2022
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Employees of KC Recycling handle PP pellets the company has processed.

KC Recycling is heavily involved in recycling lead batteries, which are roughly 4-5% polypropylene by weight. | Courtesy of KC Recycling

A British Columbia electronics recycling company has struck a supply deal allowing true closed-loop recycling of polypropylene from lead batteries. 

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Stakeholders give input on draft Oregon e-scrap bill

Published: November 17, 2022
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XBox gaming console with controller.

Oregon E-Cycles regulators are proposing to add video game consoles and a host of other electronic device types to the state’s extended producer responsibility program. | emodpk/Shutterstock

Oregon regulators are exploring some significant updates to the state’s electronics recycling program, and they recently gave stakeholders a sneak peek at their ideas. 

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ITAD provider opens Los Angeles-area facility

Published: November 9, 2022
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NCS Global's Inglewood, Calif. facility exterior.

NCS’s Inglewood, Calif. facility began operations in mid-October. | Courtesy of NCS Global

NCS Global has opened a facility in the Los Angeles area, allowing the company to directly provide services to West Coast customers that it’s currently relying on partners to serve. 

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Blockchain tool for ITAD trading comes closer to fruition

Published: November 9, 2022
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Server rack closeup.

A system under development allows different companies in the ITAD value chain to share one digital ledger, recording the chain of custody for material. | basiczto/Shutterstock

Industry stakeholders have taken the next steps on a blockchain-based project to better track data and reduce the possibility of fraud in device buying and selling.

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