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Partners planning AI-powered e-scrap battery removal system

Published: November 30, 2022
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Pile of old li-ion batteries for recycling.

The $2.6 million project aims to stop lithium-ion battery fires triggered by damaged batteries or batteries that are damaged during the sorting and recycling process. | Mehaniq/Shutterstock

A European R&D project aims to create an AI-powered system that can detect and automatically remove batteries from e-scrap before they present fire risks at recycling facilities. 

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European project tests circular business models

Published: November 9, 2022
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Presenters on stage at the C-SERVEES event.

The AIMPLAS-coordinated project sought to test the efficacy of several circular business models, including ecodesign, ecoleasing and improved waste management. | Courtesy of AIMPLAS

Four years of work on circular business models in the electronics sector wrapped up in mid-October, when the C-SERVEES Project gave its final report. 

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EU seeks comments on device sustainability

Published: September 15, 2022
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EU flags in front of the European Commission's building.

Draft European regulations propose that mobile devices should include scratch resistance, protection from dust and water, resistance to accidental drops, battery longevity and the capacity to be disassembled and repaired. | ETgohome/Shutterstock

The European Commission is requesting feedback on draft regulations for designing mobile phones and tablets to be more environmentally friendly, including the issue of recyclability. 

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Nokia makes pair of sustainability-minded moves

Published: September 9, 2022
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Nokia has launched a subscription service that incentivizes people to keep their phones for longer using a range of rewards. | OleksSH/Shutterstock

Nokia is adding more recycled material to some of its devices and urging customers to use its Circular subscription service to hold on to phones longer. 

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Interpol reports link between organized crime, pollution crime

Published: September 1, 2022
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Interpol researchers aimed to discover whether organized pollution crime is a global or localized phenomenon. | Poetra.RH/Shutterstock

A report from Interpol aimed to fill in gaps in knowledge on the link between pollution crime and organized crime, digging into 27 pollution crime case studies that averaged profits of $19.6 million per case for those involved, including electronics falsely labeled as ready for resale. 

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‘One for one’ project pairs new phones with old

Published: June 23, 2022
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Closing the Loop is partnering with Vodafone Germany to scale up its collection of broken phones in African countries for recycling. | Xolodan/Shutterstock

Vodafone and Closing the Loop have partnered together with the goal of recycling one used device from a country that lacks formal recycling capacity for every phone Vodafone sells in Germany.

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Project aims to chart EU-based raw material supply chain

Published: June 23, 2022
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A research project funded by the EU will seek establish a knowledge base for recycling and other secondary sources of precious metals. | nikkytok/Shutterstock

European Union officials are embarking on research to collect more palladium, lithium and other materials from the waste stream.

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European firms invest in Midwest e-scrap recycling companies

Published: May 5, 2022
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Scrap at the Totall Metal Recycling facility in Granite City, Ill.

Wieland just acquired Totall Metal Recycling, including the yard in Granite City, Ill. shown here. | Courtesy of Wieland

A newly formed company bought a large tract of Indiana land to build an e-scrap metals refining facility, and Totall Metal Recycling was acquired by a global copper supplier.

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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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