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Roundup of used electronics news around the world

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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

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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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Process employs lasers to separate e-scrap materials

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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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OEM group offers emergency funds to UK e-scrap firms

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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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