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Analysis details costs of a state’s e-scrap regulations

Published: March 25, 2021
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The draft rules in Wisconsin will boost government oversight of e-scrap processors, with a goal of preventing expensive e-scrap cleanups. | Michail Petrov/Shutterstock

Wisconsin’s draft e-scrap regulations will mean added expenses for businesses, but the bulk of the costs will fall on OEMs, not e-scrap processors, according to a state analysis.

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How COVID-19 affected one Midwest state’s EPR program

Published: December 10, 2020
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Wisconsin’s EPR program covers TVs, monitors, computers and other devices, including printers, computer accessories, DVD players, VCRs and fax machines. | Alexander Lukatskiy/Shutterstock

Pandemic-related collection closures conspired with a continually changing electronics stream to curtail e-scrap collections in Wisconsin during the last program year.

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In My Opinion: Big changes make for bigger opportunities

Mixed e-scrap gathered for recycling.

EPRA helps prevent electronics from ending up in landfills by providing Canadian businesses and citizens of Ontario access to secure and convenient electronics recycling options through over 2,500 drop-off locations. | cate_89/Shutterstock

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Connecticut boosts prices it pays to e-scrap firms

Published: August 13, 2020
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Computer towers collected and stacked for recycling.

Under Connecticut’s extended producer responsibility program, municipalities perform the bulk of e-scrap collections. | Suzanne-B/Shutterstock

Processing companies said multiple factors led them to raise recycling prices in Connecticut this year. Some cost pressures are unique to the state but others are being felt industry wide.

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Washington analysis shows changing e-scrap composition

Published: July 2, 2020
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Monitors collected for recycling.

In 2019, the E-Cycle Washington program’s total weight collected was 21.4 million pounds, down from 25.3 million pounds in 2018. | Koy_Hipster/Shutterstock

For the first time, the number of flat-panel displays collected under Washington’s e-scrap program exceeded that of CRTs, according to an annual report.

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Canadian province to add device categories to program

Published: June 4, 2020
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Electronics for recycling.

A leader with ARMA said the expansion is expected to basically double the amount of covered material handled each day, bringing in an additional 12,300 metric tons per year. | gabriel12/Shutterstock

As Alberta’s electronics recycling program looks to grow, e-scrap processors are planning to buy equipment and hire staff to handle an expected doubling of incoming tons.

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California hikes payments for stressed e-scrap companies

Published: May 29, 2020
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CalRecycle staff said their recommendation to raise payment rates was based on updated cost data submitted by e-scrap collectors and processors, as well as other factors. | DAMRONG RATTANAPONG/Shutterstock

Citing difficult market conditions and rising costs for the industry, California officials will greatly increase the rates they pay e-scrap firms to collect and recycle electronics.

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OEM group offers emergency funds to UK e-scrap firms

Published: May 7, 2020
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The fund will provide nearly $6.2 million in interest-free loans to e-scrap processing facilities and over $740,000 in grants to nonprofit electronics reuse organizations. | science photo/Shutterstock

A producer-backed group in the U.K. is providing interest-free loans and grants to help keep electronics recycling companies in business through the coronavirus pandemic.

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Texas e-scrap program reports device collection results

Published: April 16, 2020
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E-scrap programs in Texas have brought in 278.5 million pounds of computers and TVs combined since their inception. | Huguette Roe/Shutterstock

Over 12.5 million pounds of TVs and 6.8 million pounds of computer equipment were collected through Texas state e-scrap programs last year, according to a recent report.

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