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In My Opinion: Bring consumer trust to refurb markets

Published: January 25, 2023
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Certification and standardized grading can bring much-needed transparency to the refurbished device market, according to the CEO of Phonecheck. | Daniel-Krason/Shutterstock

I used to run a business that acquired and sold pre-owned mobile devices. It was a great model – we could buy less-than-perfect phones and other devices inexpensively, and with a little effort and elbow grease, sell them for a bit more. 

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PC sales dropped worldwide in Q4 and 2022

Published: January 25, 2023
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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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Feds to develop repairable computer donation program

Published: January 25, 2023
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A law will allow certified, nonprofit refurbishing companies to directly obtain, refurbish and distribute surplus government computers to veterans and others in need. | Dmitry-A/Shutterstock

A new law allows the federal government to provide surplus and repairable used computers directly to nonprofit refurbishers, who will then provide them to individuals in need. 

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Certification Scorecard: Jan. 25, 2023

Published: January 25, 2023
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The following are facilities that have achieved, renewed or otherwise regained R2 certification recently:

3C Environmental Solutions of Carrollton, Texas; AHS Device Hong Kong of Hong Kong, China; CJD E-Cycling of Edwardsville, Ill.; Etronics Worldwide of Manalapan, N.J.; First America Metal Corporation (dba First America and FAMCe) of Morris, Ill.; HVF West of Tucson, Ariz.; Novetta Wireless of Farmers Branch, Texas; PCs for People locations in Denver and St. Paul, Minn.; Se-cure Waste Management of Singapore; STSS Recycling locations in Avondale, Ariz., and Richmond, Va.; Taehyung C&T Corporation at Hyangnam of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea; and Witech Comm of Hong Kong, China. 

After completing successful audits, the organizations listed below achieved one or more of these NAID AAA certifications: physical destruction of hard drives, physical destruction of solid state devices, over-writing or degaussing of physical hard drives, over-writing of solid state devices. 

A-1 Freeman Records Management/Paper Pig Shredding of Wichita Falls, Texas; Computer Systems Asset Disposal of Rochester, N.Y.; DataSafe of Tualatin, Ore.; Greenway Shredding & Recycling of Louisville, Ky.; Ohio Mobile Shredding of Columbus, Ohio; Paper Tiger Document Solutions of Gurnee, Ill.; Pure Data Services in Wyandotte, Mich.; Shred-X Secure Destruction locations in the Australia cities of Derwent Park, Tasmania, East Arm, Northern Territory, Fyshwick, Australian Capital Territory; Idalia, Queensland, Laverton North, Victoria, Welshpool, Western Australia, Wetherill Park, New South Wales, Wingfield, South Australia, and Yatala, Queensland; Wasteco-Dixie Recycling Centre of Mississauga, Ontario; and XpresShred of Centennial, Colo.

Visit our archive to view previous editions of the scorecard.

 

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Millions of dollars move as Ohio CRT case winds down

Published: January 19, 2023
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1675 Watkins Road, which was cleaned up as of August 2022

As CRT cleanup litigation reaches a conclusion in Ohio, a similar legal battle is ramping up in Arizona. | Courtesy of EnSafe

An $11.2 million cleanup, $9.6 million property sale and $1 million “orphan share” – those were just a few key figures to emerge as the years-long legal battle over Closed Loop’s massive stockpile concludes.

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

Published: January 19, 2023
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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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ERI expands into the southwest

Published: January 19, 2023
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The recently opened facility in Goodyear, Ariz. uses technology to partially automate the front-end processing of incoming ITAD equipment. | Courtesy of ERI

ERI has opened a processing facility outside of Phoenix, marking the company’s ninth U.S. plant and its first in the southwest region. The company’s CEO said more recycling locations are coming. 

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RecycleForce, Keybank team up on financial wellness

Published: January 19, 2023
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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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