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Trade-in exec: 5G will bolster used phone markets this year

Published: March 18, 2021
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Wooden blocks showing a turn from 4 to 5 G.

An industry insider wrote that 4G devices will retain their value in the near future, allowing carriers to offload devices into secondary markets. | Dmitry Demidovich / Shutterstock

A mobile expert at Assurant says technology developments to boost cellular connectivity will help drive turnover of devices.

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Copper price climbs to recent record

Published: February 25, 2021
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Close-up view of circuit board paths.

Copper, a key non-ferrous metal recovered from scrap electronics, has generally been climbing in value since March 2020. | kilukilu/Shutterstock

After reaching an eight-year record last year, the price of copper has continued to increase, reaching its highest level in nearly a decade.

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Sims: Parts reuse helped offset 2020 cloud challenges

Published: February 18, 2021
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Sims’ drive into the cloud was slowed by the coronavirus pandemic last year. | Maximumm/Shutterstock

Sims Lifecycle Services enjoyed a year-over-year profit boost in the latter half of 2020, although COVID-19 slowed the company’s push to recycle materials associated with cloud computing.

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E-scrap companies see ‘large swings’ in trucking market

Published: January 28, 2021
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With fewer available drivers comes less available trucking supply, leading to higher prices and potential disruptions in trucking availability for those in the recycling industry. | Vitpho/Shutterstock

A driver shortage that was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to create challenges for moving used electronics and other recovered materials this year, analysts say.

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Mexico move exemplifies Ingram Micro’s global strategy

Published: December 24, 2020
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Ingram Micro facility seen from above.

Ingram Micro’s new ITAD operation in Mexico was built inside of a 120,000-square-foot distribution warehouse. | Courtesy of Ingram Micro.

Many companies in the ITAD sector are searching for the best way to expand into international markets. For Ingram Micro, the playbook is clear: Follow the flow of new hardware.

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Processor installs e-plastics sorting system

Published: December 17, 2020
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URT's plastic recycling line.

With a capacity of 6,000 pounds per hour, URT’s system was designed to handle the amount of shredded e-plastic generated in URT’s Janesville, Wis. plant on a single shift. | Courtesy of URT.

URT has installed equipment at its Wisconsin headquarters allowing the company to produce clean e-plastic fractions for sale to domestic buyers.

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