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About Marissa Heffernan

Marissa HeffernanMarissa Heffernan started working for Resource Recycling in January 2022 after spending several years as a reporter at a daily newspaper in Southwest Washington. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Stakeholders discuss the state of the e-scrap sector

Published: September 29, 2022
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Panel of speakers at the 2022 E-Scrap Conference

A panel moderated by Adam Shine (far left) featured market insights from Joe Pickard (second from left), Walter Alcorn (second from right) and Craig Boswell (far right). | Big Wave Productions/Resource Recycling, Inc.

Battery-embedded products, market uncertainty and evolving ITAD services are shaping the future of electronics recycling, industry experts noted last week. 

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New Total Reclaim owner looks to expand into alkaline batteries

Published: September 29, 2022
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Total Reclaim's Bobby Farris

Total Reclaim’s CEO Bobby Farris was hired three years ago to “rehabilitate the organization” after an export scandal. | Courtesy of Total Reclaim

Bobby Farris now has full control of Washington-based Total Reclaim, and he is targeting additional markets for the processor.

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California governor signs bills expanding e-scrap recycling

Published: September 19, 2022
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Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom at podium.

Under California’s SB 1215, consumers will be required to pay an electronic waste recycling fee upon the purchase of certain new or refurbished products starting Jan. 1, 2026. | Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock

California’s e-scrap recycling program will expand after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two battery-related bills into law. 

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Computer brand pushes recycled content and repair

Published: September 19, 2022
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Lenovo laptop with focus on brand name.

Lenovo uses both post-industrial and post-consumer plastics in laptops, desktops, workstations, monitors and accessories. | Hernan E. Schmidt/Shutterstock

Lenovo is using more recycled materials in its products and working toward a circular economy, even as a recent study from the company found that only half of senior IT business leaders are aware of the economic value of e-scrap.

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Equipment Spotlight: System allows for fast loading of metals

Published: September 15, 2022
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Container loading system

The BPS Container Loading System has a surge hopper with a holding capacity of about 15 cubic yards and includes a manually adjustable product flow control gate. | Courtesy of BPS

Ferrous and non-ferrous metals can be quickly placed in 20-ft. and 40-ft. shipping containers using the Best Process Solutions Container Loading System.

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Hawaii updates electronics EPR bill

Published: September 15, 2022
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Hawaii's state capitol building.

Hawaiian legislators passed an update to the state’s electronics EPR program, making manufacturer recycling targets weight-based instead of calculated by market share. | Jeff Whyte/Shutterstock

Hawaii had to suspend free e-scrap collection in the state earlier this year after the program ran out of funds early, but the state legislature has passed a law to address the problem. 

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EU seeks comments on device sustainability

Published: September 15, 2022
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EU flags in front of the European Commission's building.

Draft European regulations propose that mobile devices should include scratch resistance, protection from dust and water, resistance to accidental drops, battery longevity and the capacity to be disassembled and repaired. | ETgohome/Shutterstock

The European Commission is requesting feedback on draft regulations for designing mobile phones and tablets to be more environmentally friendly, including the issue of recyclability. 

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Brazil fines Apple, bans sale of phones without chargers

Published: September 15, 2022
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Apple's iPhone12 mini.

Apple plans to appeal a Brazillian Justice Ministry’s decision to fine the company for not including power chargers with iPhones sold in the country. | dan.nikonov/Shutterstock

In response to Apple’s decision not to include chargers with newly purchased phones by default, Brazil again fined the company and then banned the sale of iPhones if they do not include a power adapter.

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