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Intel details precious metals, asset recovery initiatives

Published: November 30, 2022
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Intel sign outside of company building.

In 2021, Intel maintained a rate of 5% total material to landfill and put circular strategies in place for 65% of its manufacturing scrap. | jejim/Shutterstock

Intel is trying several angles in pursuit of its goal to send zero waste to landfill, including redesign of circuit boards for easier recycling and educating consumers on how to recycle via a video game. 

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Suit targets Closed Loop CRT suppliers in Arizona

Published: November 30, 2022
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Aerial view of Closed Loop Phoenix site.

Closed Loop began leasing the Phoenix facilities in 2010, and when it failed in early 2016, it left a combined 106 million pounds of CRT materials on both properties (59th Ave. property pictured). | Courtesy of Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions/ADEQ

Owners of Phoenix warehouses filed a federal lawsuit against e-scrap companies that shipped CRT materials to Closed Loop Refining and Recovery, and already two defendants have agreed to pay out roughly $1 million each. 

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Proposed Exurban e-scrap smelter faces lawsuit

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Google Streetview showing farm at right and planned smelter site at left.

An October 2022 Google image showing the Bulmahns’ farm at right and the site of the planned Exurban smelter at left behind the trees. | Google Streetview

Owners of a farm across the road from a planned e-scrap smelter in Indiana filed a lawsuit seeking to halt the project, arguing that a facility of its type isn’t allowed by the local zoning code. 

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Partners planning AI-powered e-scrap battery removal system

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Pile of old li-ion batteries for recycling.

The $2.6 million project aims to stop lithium-ion battery fires triggered by damaged batteries or batteries that are damaged during the sorting and recycling process. | Mehaniq/Shutterstock

A European R&D project aims to create an AI-powered system that can detect and automatically remove batteries from e-scrap before they present fire risks at recycling facilities. 

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Microsoft advances reparability on Surface Pro line

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Microsoft store exterior.

Microsoft is also working to expand its authorized repair network by early 2023, for customers who do not want to attempt repairs themselves. | Chie Inoue/Shutterstock

A recent teardown analysis by iFixit found that Microsoft made progress on its repairability improvement promises with the Surface Pro 9. 

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Processor secures closed-loop plastics recycling deal

Published: November 17, 2022
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Employees of KC Recycling handle PP pellets the company has processed.

KC Recycling is heavily involved in recycling lead batteries, which are roughly 4-5% polypropylene by weight. | Courtesy of KC Recycling

A British Columbia electronics recycling company has struck a supply deal allowing true closed-loop recycling of polypropylene from lead batteries. 

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Stakeholders give input on draft Oregon e-scrap bill

Published: November 17, 2022
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XBox gaming console with controller.

Oregon E-Cycles regulators are proposing to add video game consoles and a host of other electronic device types to the state’s extended producer responsibility program. | emodpk/Shutterstock

Oregon regulators are exploring some significant updates to the state’s electronics recycling program, and they recently gave stakeholders a sneak peek at their ideas. 

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