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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].

Processor takes everything from e-scrap to aerospace

Published: May 22, 2024
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Amermin’s sorting and staging facility in Fort Worth, Texas, funnels a variety of materials to the main processing facility in Lampasas, Texas. | Courtesy of AMERMIN

A Texas company that started out in oil and gas drill bit reclamation has now diversified into recovering e–scrap and other industrial material streams, and it’s adding facilities to house the growth.  Continue Reading

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Stakeholders comment on CalRecycle director pick

Published: May 16, 2024
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Coming from inside the ranks of the state agency, Zoe Heller was appointed director of the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery. | Rarrarorro/Shutterstock

California’s sizable waste reduction and recycling agency has a new leader in Zoe Heller, who was recently appointed director of the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery. Industry leaders praised her integrity, thoughtfulness and collaboration skills. Continue Reading

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CTIA aligns device grading standard with SERI

Published: May 9, 2024
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CTIA’s voluntary wireless industry device grading standard was established in 2019 and is now aligned with SERI’s standard. | Valeri Luzina/Shutterstock

Repair shops that handle wireless devices will have a more straightforward time classifying devices after the wireless industry association aligned its grading standard with SERI’s standard.  Continue Reading

National Lab researchers use saltwater for metals recovery

Published: May 2, 2024
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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are recovering manganese, magnesium, dysprosium and neodymium from e-scrap using a salt water-based solution. | Mike Perkins/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found a way to recover some critical metals from e-scrap using a mixed-salt water-based solution.  Continue Reading

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Call2Recycle, EDI introduce x-ray battery sortation tech

Published: May 2, 2024
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New equipment will double EDI’s facility capacity, allowing it to process up to almost 500 kilograms of batteries per hour. | Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock

Ontario, Canada’s battery recycling is getting a boost after Call2Recycle and Electronic Distributors International installed new battery sorting technology, making EDI the only provider in North America using the technology.  Continue Reading

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Global Plastic Treaty talks stall over production

Published: May 2, 2024
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The week of negotiations had moments of both hope and frustration for delegates, who are racing against the clock to create a final treaty. | Photo courtesy of IISD/ENB Kiara Worth

The fourth meeting to draft a global plastic pollution treaty ended just after 3 a.m. on April 30 with general agreement on the need for global rules and mandates on product design, composition, performance and extended producer responsibility. 

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Colorado sends electronics right to repair bill to governor

Published: April 25, 2024
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Colorado’s HB 1121 would broaden the scope of the state’s current right-to-repair law, which covers wheelchairs and farm equipment. | Damon Shaw/Shutterstock

Colorado would expand its current right-to-repair law to include consumer devices and business computing under a bill that’s been sent to the governor.  Continue Reading

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California disk drive firm reports recycling metrics

Published: April 25, 2024
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Seagate reused 1.19 million disk drives in 2023 and is starting to examine how much recycled material it uses. | Sundry Photography/Shutterstock

Disk drive manufacturer Seagate extended the life of 1.19 million drives in 2023 and is working to increase its use of recycled materials, the company recently reported.  Continue Reading

Electronics and battery recycling bill updates

Published: April 18, 2024
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There are a dozen bills relating to battery and e-scrap recycling in play across nine states in 2024. | Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock

With most legislative sessions reaching the halfway point, there are a dozen bills in play that would create or amend state electronics recycling programs or regulate battery disposal.  Continue Reading

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