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Emerging processor plots fast expansion to supply smelter

Published: June 30, 2022
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E-scrap shredding operations are taking place at evTerra’s Atlanta facility, but several other facilities are in the works. | Courtesy of Igneo

E-scrap firm evTerra has plans to soon be running four plants across the U.S., part of a strategy to ensure a steady stream of material to the Igneo secondary smelter slated for Savannah, Ga.

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BAN director gives his take on recent Basel amendment

Published: June 30, 2022
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New e-scrap export oversight regulations will mean changes for e-scrap processors who ship overseas. | mayday6510/Shutterstock

The director of the Basel Action Network shared his thoughts in a recent webinar on an amendment to the Basel Convention and outlined what he sees as the next steps, including digitizing the prior informed consent procedure.

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‘One for one’ project pairs new phones with old

Published: June 23, 2022
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Closing the Loop is partnering with Vodafone Germany to scale up its collection of broken phones in African countries for recycling. | Xolodan/Shutterstock

Vodafone and Closing the Loop have partnered together with the goal of recycling one used device from a country that lacks formal recycling capacity for every phone Vodafone sells in Germany.

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HP shares recycling vendor audits, content goals

Published: June 23, 2022
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HP’s sustainability report notes in 2021 the company used 4,300 tons of recycled metal in its products, which is about 0.4% of its total metal use. | Tran Phan Thanh/Shutterstock

HP used three companies to refurbish and reuse its devices in 2021 and about 40 recyclers, according to its annual report.

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What eBay’s certification partnership means for resellers

Published: June 23, 2022
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U.S. remarketers now have the option of having Phonecheck evaluate and produce reports on their devices sold through the eBay Refurbished program. | Michael Vi/Shutterstock

One of the world’s biggest e-commerce channels, eBay, has launched a program allowing refurbishers to sell Phonecheck-certified devices through the platform. One expert explained what the development means for remarketers.

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Treaty tightens regulations on global e-scrap trade

Published: June 16, 2022
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Countries on June 15 approved changes to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. | Credit: IISD/ENB | Angeles Estrada Vigil

Basel Convention changes approved this week may drastically reduce – or at least complicate –  U.S. exports of non-hazardous e-scrap.

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Experts map out landmines in electronic data destruction

Published: June 16, 2022
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At a recent industry conference, experts emphasized that removing and shredding hard drives may not destroy all data on devices. | Huguette Roe/Shutterstock

A client may ask a processor to destroy their hard drives, but doing so may not accomplish their ultimate goal: protecting the company by destroying all data. That’s because data may lurk in unsuspecting places.

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South Carolina passes overhaul of e-scrap recycling

Published: June 16, 2022
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Legislators in South Carolina have sent a bill to the governor reforming the state’s electronics EPR program. | Jon Bilous/Shutterstock

A bill that eliminates weight targets for electronics collection in favor of giving consumers easy access to drop-off sites has passed the House and Senate in South Carolina. It now goes to the governor’s desk.

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