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California governor signs bills expanding e-scrap recycling

Published: September 19, 2022
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Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom at podium.

Under California’s SB 1215, consumers will be required to pay an electronic waste recycling fee upon the purchase of certain new or refurbished products starting Jan. 1, 2026. | Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock

California’s e-scrap recycling program will expand after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two battery-related bills into law. 

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Partnership boosts Redwood’s e-scrap collection efforts

Published: September 15, 2022
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Redwood-Rotary collection event.

Redwood Materials provides guidance, collection drums and other materials to Rotary Clubs around the country that want to host collection events for lithium-ion batteries and any devices that contain rechargeable batteries. | Courtesy of Redwood Materials

Redwood Materials is tapping into the outreach and organizing power of Rotary Clubs, allowing the major lithium-ion battery processor to collect household e-scrap and batteries from across the U.S.

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Bill to expand California e-scrap program passes

Published: September 1, 2022
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California flag against blue sky.

California legislators have sent a pair of e-scrap related bills to the Governor. | Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock

Battery-embedded products are on track to be included in California’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act after a bill passed the Senate and Assembly. 

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Second fire in two years burns Midwest processor

Published: August 25, 2022
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Massive fire at Interco Trading.

A large fire erupted this month at a building used for battery recycling by Interco Trading in Illinois. | Courtesy of Madison County, Ill. Emergency Management Agency

A fire at e-scrap recycler Interco Trading on Aug. 10 drew more than 200 firefighters, injured one worker and triggered shelter-in-place warnings for nearby residents.

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Washington Post: Time to end planned obsolescence

Published: August 10, 2022
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Washington Post building exterior.

A columnist with The Washington Post called for an end to planned obsolescence and adding repairability scores to packaging. | Nicole Glass Photography/Shutterstock

A major news outlet released an analysis of 14 popular consumer devices, finding that most could stop working in three to four years because of batteries that are impossible to replace.

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Call2Recycle: Federal action on battery labeling is step forward

Published: July 28, 2022
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Battery with recycling instructions.

New battery recycling guidelines are in development by the U.S. EPA. | Courtesy of Call2Recycle

Congress directed the U.S. EPA to develop voluntary battery recycling labeling guidelines instead of mandatory regulations, but the head of an industry group believes they’ll still have a significant impact on the industry.

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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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Lithium-ion battery recyclers expanding

Published: May 19, 2022
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Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Li-Cycle's Arizona facility.

Li-Cycle has opened a 140,000 square-foot facility in Arizona with a capacity to process 10,000 tons of materials per year. | Courtesy of Li-Cycle

Lithium-ion battery recyclers are moving forward with new facilities, with Li-Cycle bringing a plant on-line and Blue Whale Materials announcing plans for five plants in the U.S. and Europe.

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