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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]

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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Landlords in Closed Loop case to drop suit against MRM and OEMs

Published: November 2, 2022
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Under a settlement submitted Oct. 31, e-scrap processor Kuusakoski would pay an additional $1 million to the plaintiffs, on top of $6 million it has already agreed to pay in the Closed Loop case. | BCFC/Shutterstock

Under a legal settlement submitted this week, warehouse owners will drop their CRT lawsuit against Samsung, LG and MRM. E-scrap processor Kuusakoski, however, will pay another $1 million.

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Dell, IMS and GEEP USA reach settlements in Closed Loop Ohio case

Published: October 26, 2022
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Dell, IMS Electronics Recycling and GEEP USA all reached settlements in the Closed Loop Refining and Recovery case, agreeing to help fund the cleanup of abandoned CRT materials in Ohio. | PaeGAG/Shutterstock

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Another OEM and two electronics recycling companies have agreed to help fund cleanup of CRT materials abandoned by Closed Loop Refining and Recovery in Columbus, Ohio. 

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