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Session focuses on recycling batteries big and small

Published: May 25, 2022
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Wireless headphones and charging case.

A presenter at NERC’s Spring 2022 Conference noted wireless headphones among the many battery-containing devices that are challenging for recycling processors. | aperturesound/Shutterstock

The looming wave of lithium-ion batteries that will need to be recycled generated an engaged discussion at the Northeast Recycling Council’s Spring 2022 Conference.

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Advancing bill ushers in ‘big change’ to state program

Published: May 25, 2022
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South Carolina's state capitol building seen from above.

If the bill passes, South Carolina will be the second state to move to a clearinghouse-style EPR program. | Grindstone Media Group/Shutterstock

South Carolina’s legislature is working out the final details on a bill that eliminates weight targets for electronics collection and instead aims to give consumers easy access to drop off items.

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Researchers propose global ‘ultimate producer responsibility’

Published: May 12, 2022
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Closeup of an e-scrap motherboard.

Researchers suggest implementing ultimate producer responsibility policy would improve labor conditions for the thousands of people working in the informal waste management sector. | DimiSotirov/Shutterstock

More than two dozen researchers and e-scrap experts from nine countries are calling for a global extended producer responsibility system that ensures European producers take care of e-scrap after it’s exported.

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Survey shows 18% drop in unused household devices

Published: April 28, 2022
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Worker at an e-scrap facility raking shredded material.

Since Wisconsin’s electronics recycling law took effect in 2010, the DNR has conducted six statewide household recycling surveys. | Courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Fewer devices were sitting unused in Wisconsin homes in 2021 than three years prior, a report found.

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Why Oregon may see greater e-scrap collections in 2023

Published: April 14, 2022
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The State of Oregon seal at a park in Salem, Ore.

Oregon state e-scrap program leaders shared their 2023 collection targets during a recent webinar. | JPL Designs/Shutterstock

E-scrap collections have trended sharply downward for the past several years, but there is reason to believe the weight entering Oregon’s program may slightly increase next year, state officials explained.

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Midwest state reports a bump in e-scrap collections

Published: February 24, 2022
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E-Scrap collection event, Susan Montgomery, Shutterstock

Wisconsin saw an increase in the number of registered permanent collection sites, one-day events and temporary collection sites from 477 during program year 11 to 545 during program year 12. | Susan Montgomery/Shutterstock

After four years of consistent declines, the weight of scrap electronics collected under Wisconsin’s recycling program increased notably last year.

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