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Informal but integral

Published: September 18, 2017
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SEELAMPUR DISTRICT, NEW DELHI —

Off a narrow, sun-bleached alley, where the early summer heat stuns by mid-morning, Sakib Malik sits behind a desk in near darkness. Beside him, stacks of plastic casings from old CRT televisions arch toward the ceiling. He’s on the phone, amid another deal.

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Roundup of used electronics news around the world

Published: February 11, 2021
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Scrap electronics for recycling.

France has begun requiring manufacturers to label their electronic products with a repairability score. | S.Dashkevych/Shutterstock

France has started requiring electronics OEMs to calculate and disclose repairability scores to consumers, and officials in Malaysia raise concerns about recent e-scrap importation in that country.

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China sets import standards for select non-ferrous grades

Published: October 22, 2020
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Cargo stacked in a logistics hub.

Industry group ISRI said that updated import guidelines are an acknowledgement from China that scrap materials are products, not waste. | Maha Heang 245789/Shutterstock

Chinese authorities have published updated standards for imports of recovered brass, copper and aluminum. They’re set to go into effect on Nov. 1.

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Potential e-plastics export disruption on the horizon

Published: January 16, 2020
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Cargo ship docked at port.

In April, the Chinese government will enact new requirements for pellet imports. | Piyathep/Shutterstock

Officials in Beijing are set to enact new requirements around the purity of recycled plastic pellets imported into China, which could disrupt international markets for U.S. e-plastics.
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Report: E-scrap flows to Thailand despite ban

Published: December 12, 2019
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In addition to the growth in e-scrap processing, the New York Times report focused on the poor conditions of some Thai recycling operations. | Wead/Shutterstock

The scrap electronics processing industry is active and growing in Thailand, according to a New York Times feature, despite the country’s move to reject imports of end-of-life devices last year.

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Asian markets for e-plastics evolve amid uncertainty

Published: October 24, 2019
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Container ship at port.

U.S. e-scrap processors and brokers say they’re currently able to move e-plastics. | Alexey Lesik/Shutterstock

Asia remains the destination for many plastics recovered from electronics. But as buyers relocate from China to other countries, prices are down and quality and volume are increasingly critical factors.

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Overseas e-plastics market dries up

Published: August 15, 2019
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India was the second largest importer of U.S. scrap plastic during the first six months of 2019. | Avigator Fortuner/Shutterstock

Recovered plastic, including material from end-of-life electronics, has largely stopped flowing from the U.S. into India, which until recently has been among the top importers of scrap plastics.

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