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Global smartphone shipments fall in second quarter

Published: July 28, 2022
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Smartphones in store.

An analyst noted that component supply backups and cost pressures are starting to ease up, but there are still some problems with logistics and production. | Kwangmoozaa/Shutterstock

Demand for smartphones is starting to decline, with research finding that worldwide smartphone shipments fell 9% in the second quarter of 2022, compared to the same period last year.

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Survey shows households have fewer unwanted devices

Published: July 28, 2022
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Electronics on a desk.

A Canadian survey found computers, TVs and cell phones were the three most common types of electronics households had to dispose of. | Valeri Potapova/Shutterstock

Canadian authorities say the percentage of households disposing of unwanted computers, printers, TVs, audio/visual equipment and cell phones continued to drop last year.

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Rage rooms hit with hazardous materials fines

Published: July 28, 2022
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Hammer in a CRT television screen.

An official with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control said the department is too understaffed to conduct inspections of all rage rooms to ensure they are not breaking toxic items. | correct pictures/Shutterstock

In at least two instances, California authorities have brought the hammer down on rage room operators for allowing patrons to destroy electronics and release toxic metals into the air.

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Equipment Spotlight: Impact mill handles lithium-ion batteries

Published: July 28, 2022
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Battery Master Mill

The Battery Master Mill is designed for the post-treatment and ball shaping of anode and cathode material to remove the black mass from the anode and cathode foils. | Courtesy of swissRTec

Recycling technology company swissRTec has developed the Battery Master Mill to handle anode and cathode material from lithium-ion batteries.
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Equipment Spotlight: Cloud-based system warns of fires

Published: July 14, 2022
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An advanced thermal imaging system allows for early detection of potential fires.  | Courtesy of MoviTHERM

MoviTHERM’s technology detects fires at recycling and waste facilities at the earliest stages, even before the appearance of smoke particles, offering employees more time to run safety protocols. Continue Reading

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Acid-free tech will make rare earth recycling more feasible

Published: July 21, 2022
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Circuit boards gathered for recycling.

An acid-free dissolution method can selectively target rare earths for extraction. | Bokstaz/Shutterstock

A technology that will allow recyclers to extract valuable metals from e-scrap like shredded hard drives without affecting the other materials is entering its pilot plant stage.

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