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Is the e-scrap metal market cooling?

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E-scrap for recycling.

While gold’s value is up 30% this year, following on the 20% improvement last year, a slight market correction has occurred in past weeks. | Andriy Malakhovskyy/Shutterstock

The value of the base and precious metals recovered from obsolete electronics has been at near record highs in recent months. However, market conditions appear to be softening.

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Connecticut boosts prices it pays to e-scrap firms

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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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Pandemic trends lead to boosted PC sales in Q2

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Second quarter PC shipments this year rose 2.8% compared with the second quarter of 2019. | joyfull/Shutterstock

PC shipments were up almost 3% during the second quarter of the year compared with 2019. Analysis firm Gartner says the growth was driven by stores beginning to rebound from the first-quarter COVID-19 disruptions, as well as a significant increase in laptop sales.

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California hikes payments for stressed e-scrap companies

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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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