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Collector and broker adds e-plastics processing line

Published: April 15, 2021
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Closeup of collected e-scrap for recycling.

A 100,000-square-foot facility in Spain will have the capacity to process more than 50 million pounds of e-plastics per year. | sonsart/Shutterstock

Spanish plastics recycling operation Fosimpe will enter the mixed-plastics processing sector in the coming weeks, driven not only by the global regulatory environment but by greater public interest in domestic material processing.

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Roundup of used electronics news around the world

Published: February 11, 2021
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Scrap electronics for recycling.

France has begun requiring manufacturers to label their electronic products with a repairability score. | S.Dashkevych/Shutterstock

France has started requiring electronics OEMs to calculate and disclose repairability scores to consumers, and officials in Malaysia raise concerns about recent e-scrap importation in that country.

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France will assign devices a repair rating

Published: October 22, 2020
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A phone opened for repair.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021 smartphones, TVs, laptops and some appliances sold in France will receive a repairability score in the form of a sticker on the product’s packaging. | Preechar Bowonkitwanchai/Shutterstock

Looking to extend the lifetime of electronics, French officials plan to introduce a rating system that communicates repairability and durability to consumers.

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Will Europe’s appetite for used devices last?

Published: June 25, 2020
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European trends suggest that end consumers are becoming more open to buying used electronics. | MaxFrost/Shutterstock

With OEMs struggling to produce and ship new electronics during coronavirus-triggered shutdowns, a new willingness to buy refurbished devices has sprouted in Europe, according to Deutsche Welle.

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Process employs lasers to separate e-scrap materials

Published: May 14, 2020
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The research project focused on recovering cobalt, tantalum, neodymium, tungsten and gallium, materials that were chosen due to their relative scarcity and cost. | Courtesy of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology.

A four-year research project has developed an automated system that uses lasers to identify and remove components while dismantling electronics.

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Global group: E-scrap facility fires are on the rise

Published: June 4, 2020
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Fire alarm on a wall.

A recent study found thermal events occurring at all stages of the WEEE collection and processing chain. | nongningstudio/Shutterstock

A new report notes more and more fires are breaking out in electronics collection and processing facilities around the world, and experts say damaged batteries are typically the culprit.

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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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Electronics processor retools to serve COVID-19 need

Published: April 23, 2020
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Wisetek is assembling ventilators at its facility in Cork, Ireland. | Patrik Slezak/Shutterstock

An Irish electronics recycling firm has converted its refurbishing line to focus on assembling ventilators. Meanwhile, the medical devices are drawing focus among right-to-repair advocates.

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