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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]

PC sales dropped worldwide in Q4 and 2022

Published: January 25, 2023
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Laptops collected for recycling

Anticipation of a global recession, along with increased inflation and higher interest rates, are behind the low PC shipment numbers. | MMilda/Shutterstock

Research and consulting firm Gartner cited economic uncertainty as the reason behind a drop in worldwide PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2022 and the year overall. 

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Canadian government invests $1.9M in e-scrap recycler Excir

Published: January 25, 2023
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Circuit boards gathered for recycling.

Excir’s award is part of an overall sum of over $25 million Canadian dollars granted by the federal Jobs and Growth Fund to 15 Calgary-area businesses. | Bokstaz/Shutterstock

First appearing on a reality TV show, then signing with the British Royal Mint, Canadian e-scrap startup Excir is now continuing its growth with a federal investment of nearly $1.9 million for a demonstration plant.

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Oregon electronics right-to-repair bill in the works again

Published: January 19, 2023
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A smartphone being repaired with tools.

Oregon’s proposed bill would mandate access to schematics, tools and parts at a fair and reasonable cost and cover any household product – from computers to appliances – that contains digital components. | Alexey Kabanov/Shutterstock

Supporters of the right to repair consumer electronics are hoping that the third time’s the charm in Oregon.

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RecycleForce, Keybank team up on financial wellness

Published: January 19, 2023
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Architect rendering of the upcoming RecycleForce facility.

KeyBank has provided money for dedicated space and equipment to teach financial wellness classes at RecycleForce’s new headquarters, which is under construction in Indianapolis. | Courtesy of RecycleForce

RecycleForce’s upcoming Indiana headquarters will provide not only training in e-scrap recycling but a dedicated space for financial wellness lessons, with help from KeyBank. 

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Expert prediction: Right to repair will be popular in 2023

Published: January 4, 2023
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N.Y. governor Hochul at a podium, speaking at an event.

Many of the exclusions in New York’s bill, which include motor vehicles, power tools, farm equipment and medical devices, were added after the bill hit Gov. Kathy Hochul’s desk. | lev radin/Shutterstock

New York was the first state to turn a digital right-to-repair bill into law and industry experts say it will certainly not be the last, though they hope future bills will be stronger. 

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Rare earth magnet recycling ramps up in Texas

Published: January 11, 2023
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Noveon’s EcoFlux magnet requires 20% less material than traditionally produced magnets and requires 10% less energy to manufacture. | Courtesy of Noveon

When the founders of Noveon decided to tackle rare earth magnet recycling, they started at the beginning of the product’s life cycle instead of the end. 

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Computer resellers expect sluggish markets in 2023

Published: January 11, 2023
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Stacked laptops for reuse and recycling against a white background.

 ITAD service providers saw used equipment prices skyrocket during the pandemic; now they have to reckon with a market leveling out at lower values amid recession worries. | Ari N/Shutterstock

Prices for refurbished PCs have fallen in the past year alongside ongoing uncertainty in the economy, but ITAD players said the market appears to have leveled off – for now.

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Few EU member states hit collection targets

Published: January 4, 2023
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Laptops gathered for repair or recycling.

A study from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) found that e-scrap generated annually in Europe increased by 2.1 million metric tons between 2010 and 2021. | ThamKC/Shutterstock

A report from the United Nations on the European Union found that very few member countries are achieving their e-scrap recycling targets.

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