A former U.S. e-scrap executive pleads not guilty to federal charges related to business practices, and an infamous scrap site in Ghana grabs more headlines.
Legislation introduced in Pennsylvania increases the amount of e-scrap that manufacturers would be on the hook for recycling each year.
Residents fear a local government e-scrap collection program will harm charities, and recycling professionals describe the routes they took into the industry.
Oregon regulators have fined Total Reclaim more than $160,000 for allegedly violating hazardous waste laws, but the e-scrap processor denies the allegations and has appealed the penalty.
Legislation and technologies have led to more formalized e-scrap processing in China and Hong Kong, experts meeting in Macau said recently. But key challenges remain, particularly in China’s new electronics take-back program.
The U.S. EPA developed its 2006 rule on CRT management to help divert the lead-containing glass away from disposal and toward recycling. But a decade later, with the value of recovered glass a negative, the U.S. continues to see high-profile instances in which recycling isn’t occurring.
A year ago, a federal official temporarily granted individuals and companies alike the right to unlock used phones and tablets. Now, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is asking to make that ruling permanent.