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Dell, Sonos and others advance repairability efforts

Published: January 20, 2022
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Samsung recently offered a profile of the Denton family, seen here tackling e-waste by repairing old gaming systems before donating them. | Photo courtesy of Samsung

OEMs are looking at redesigning products to ease repair and recycling, and three youths are inspired to start a nonprofit group after participating in a Samsung program. At the same time, design choices from other companies end up in an unwelcome limelight.

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Former Total Reclaim exec headed to prison (again)

Published: January 20, 2022
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On Jan. 18, a federal judge sentenced Jeffrey Zirkle to six months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $126,000 in restitution to the government for a tax crime. | Chodyra Mike/Shutterstock

After serving two years behind bars, former Total Reclaim owner Jeffrey Zirkle has been sentenced to another six months. This time, he pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company and dodging taxes.

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Why it’s the ‘perfect time to capitalize’ on device refurb

Published: January 20, 2022
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At the 2021 E-Scrap & E-Reuse Conference, the “Diving Into Materials Markets” panel featured moderator Adam Shine of Sunnking, Chris Ko of ER2, Kevin Corrigan of Ingram Micro and Brian Diesselhorst of Igneo. | Dan Leif/Resource Recycling, Inc.

Shipments of new devices continue to experience substantial delays due to pandemic-related trends. According to processors, this fact could drive further demand for refurbished devices.

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Industry association retires ‘NAID Member’ logo

Published: January 20, 2022
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Many e-scrap firms that shred material or engage in other forms of data destruction are NAID AAA Certified. | Huguette Roe/Shutterstock

An industry association has made changes designed to ensure that data destruction customers don’t confuse “NAID member” to mean “NAID AAA Certified.”

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Kuusakoski’s $6 million CRT cleanup deal approved

Published: January 13, 2022
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Inside the cleaned facility at 2200 Fairwood Ave.

The 131,000-square-foot space that had been leased by Closed Loop at 2200 Fairwood Ave. was cleaned up as of July 14, 2021. | Courtesy of Ensafe’s closure report.

On the final day of 2021, a judge approved Kuusakoski’s $6 million legal settlement with Ohio warehouse owners, marking a major milestone in the years-long Closed Loop CRT cleanup case.

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Refurbished electronics seller raises another $510 million

Published: January 13, 2022
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Back Market will use the latest funding round to fuel its growth, including more than doubling its U.S. workforce. | Freedomz/Shutterstock

Back Market, an online marketplace selling refurbished electronics, has now raised over $1 billion in investment backing in recent years.

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