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Walmart sued over disposal of e-scrap and other materials

Published: December 23, 2021
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According to the lawsuit, from 2015 through 2021 discarded electronics were found in Walmart compactors in over a dozen California counties. | Sundry Photography/Shutterstock

California’s attorney general and several district attorneys this week filed suit against Walmart, alleging the major retailer routinely improperly disposes of e-scrap and other hazardous waste. The company told E-Scrap News the state’s demands go beyond what’s required by law.

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Recently signed recycling-labeling law impacts electronics

Published: October 14, 2021
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In California, many products will soon need to meet a 60% recycling rate to be considered “recyclable.” | Donald Walker / Shutterstock

Electronics manufacturers may be barred from telling consumers about certain device take-back programs in California, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law this month.

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California labeling bill touches on electronics recyclability

Published: September 16, 2021
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California legislators recently approved legislation regulating labeling on plastic packaging, with implications for electronics as well. | Bobkeenan Photography / Shutterstock

California legislation targeting how plastic packaging is labeled also affects recycling labels for consumer electronics, according to industry groups.

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CalRecycle seeks to maintain current fees for e-scrap program

Published: June 10, 2021
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Each year, CalRecycle staff determine whether they need to raise, lower or maintain the fees consumers pay to fund the state’s electronics recycling program. | Somchai Som / Shutterstock

California officials say they will have enough money to continue running the state’s e-scrap recycling program without hiking fees.

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Recycling commission endorses right-to-repair bill

Published: January 21, 2021
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The Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling made a range of preliminary recommendations to state regulators and lawmakers late last month. | PK Studio/Shutterstock

A high-profile recycling commission in California has published its endorsement of right-to-repair policies.

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California may add OLED devices and others to recycling program

Published: January 14, 2021
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California officials are testing a variety of electronic devices to measure the concentrations of metals and compare them to the thresholds listed in the California Code of Regulations. | Sorbis/Shutterstock

E-scrap processors in California could get paid by the state to recycle additional types of electronic devices, depending on the outcome of toxicity testing by officials.

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Stores pay millions in California hazardous waste disposal suits

Published: December 24, 2020
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Walgreens store exterior in California.

Walgreens recently agreed to pay $3.50 million to settle a lawsuit alleging company employees dropped electronics, batteries and other hazardous materials into dumpsters headed to municipal landfills. | Sundry Photography/Shutterstock

Retailers in recent months have agreed to pay over $8 million to settle accusations they illegally landfilled electronics and other hazardous waste in California. In one case, trashed e-scrap was suspected to have ignited two fires.

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