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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]

Nonprofit processor expands to Chicago area

Published: January 11, 2023
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PCs for People has collected nearly 1,000 computers from the Cook County area in the last year. | Courtesy of PCs for People

PCs for People has opened a permanent home in the Chicagoland area, allowing the nonprofit electronics processor to better address the region’s gaping digital divide. 

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CES yields recycling program, ‘green’ campaign news

Published: January 11, 2023
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Consumers can now mail old Panasonic personal care devices to ERI free of charge. | Pavlo Lys/Shutterstock

Panasonic, MRM and ERI partnered to launch a mail-in recycling program for electric shavers and trimmers, and the U.S. EPA presented a circular economy-focused session. Those were only a couple of recycling-related items to emerge from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. 

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Quantum discloses tons processed, employee makeup

Published: January 11, 2023
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Quantum's Bramford, Ontario facility.

The Canadian processor reported that 77% of its employees are male and that the average number of years worked at the company is 5.5. | Courtesy of Quantum

Quantum Lifecycle Partners recycled 83.6 million pounds of e-scrap and reused nearly 410,000 assets and components during the 2022 fiscal year, according to the company’s first impact report.

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Collections in Midwest state continue to fall short of targets

Published: January 4, 2023
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Electronics recycling collection event.

Despite increasing funding for free drop-off events, manufacturers as a whole failed to reach their e-scrap recycling targets in Wisconsin last year. | Blulz60/Shutterstock

Wisconsin residents have enjoyed a noticeable boost in free e-scrap drop-off opportunities lately, thanks to a state grant program and increased funding from OEMs, according to a state official and report. 

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Judge orders five years probation in CRT case

Published: January 4, 2023
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Court gavel resting on a book.

The former owner of Eastern Electronics Recycling pleaded guilty to charges of knowingly storing hazardous materials without permits. | Tiko Aramyan/Shutterstock

The owner of a shuttered e-scrap company will avoid prison time but will still have to fund the cleanup of CRT materials in North Carolina.
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Key CRT recycling pipeline is no longer active

Published: December 14, 2022
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TDM company building seen from streetview

Technologies Displays Mexicana (TDM) is the latest to shut down its CRT operations, following companies such as Camacho Recycling and Nulife Glass. | Google streetview

TDM, a Mexican company that has recycled millions of pounds of CRTs from the U.S., closed its CRT recycling business this year. 

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Processor to bring AI to PCB grading and sorting

Published: December 14, 2022
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IRT's quality control manager, Josh Stangler uses the company's visioning system to assess board values.

IRT is capturing high-definition photos of printed circuit boards so AI-powered software can learn to categorize them by precious metals content. | Courtesy of IRT

Integrated Recycling Technologies is developing an AI-powered app for its suppliers that will quickly categorize and price their scrap circuit boards before they ship them. The software will also power the company’s own robotic circuit board sorting system.

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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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