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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]

What eBay’s certification partnership means for resellers

Published: June 23, 2022
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Company sign for eBay at company HQ.

U.S. remarketers now have the option of having Phonecheck evaluate and produce reports on their devices sold through the eBay Refurbished program. | Michael Vi/Shutterstock

One of the world’s biggest e-commerce channels, eBay, has launched a program allowing refurbishers to sell Phonecheck-certified devices through the platform. One expert explained what the development means for remarketers.

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Treaty tightens regulations on global e-scrap trade

Published: June 16, 2022
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Photo by IISD/ENB | Angeles Estrada Vigil

Countries on June 15 approved changes to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. | Credit: IISD/ENB | Angeles Estrada Vigil

Basel Convention changes approved this week may drastically reduce – or at least complicate –  U.S. exports of non-hazardous e-scrap.

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Experts map out landmines in electronic data destruction

Published: June 16, 2022
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Hard drive shredding

At a recent industry conference, experts emphasized that removing and shredding hard drives may not destroy all data on devices. | Huguette Roe/Shutterstock

A client may ask a processor to destroy their hard drives, but doing so may not accomplish their ultimate goal: protecting the company by destroying all data. That’s because data may lurk in unsuspecting places.

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Technology Recyclers topples a world record

Published: June 16, 2022
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View of laptops fallen like dominos at Technology Recyclers facility.

Indianapolis electronics recycling firm Technology Recyclers set a Guinness World Record by toppling over 2,900 laptops. | Screenshot of announcement video

A Midwest electronics recycling company has set a new world high mark when it comes to knocking down laptops in a domino fashion (yes, such a record exists).

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Four settlements approved in Closed Loop CRT case

Published: June 3, 2022
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Two OEMs and two e-scrap processors recently had a judge approve their settlements with the former landlords of Closed Loop Refining and Recovery in Ohio. | photosync/Shutterstock

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Two OEMs and two e-scrap processors will pay a combined $187,000 to settle allegations they’re legally responsible to help pay for CRT cleanups at former Closed Loop Refining and Recovery warehouses in Ohio.

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The strategy behind Exurban’s US smelter project

Published: May 25, 2022
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E-scrap for recycling.

Exurban USA plans to build a smelter/refinery in Indiana capable of processing 45,000 metric tons of e-scrap and other materials per year. | Teerasak Ladnongkhun/Shutterstock

A $340 million plant slated for the Midwest will refine precious and base metals from e-scrap into purified products for sale into domestic markets, an executive said.

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