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Gold prices move higher on inflation concerns

Published: November 18, 2021
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Gold is an important commodity in the e-scrap stream. | ago87/Shutterstock

Prices for a key e-scrap precious metal have increased to near several-month highs of late, and analysts say the price may increase to 2020 highs depending on wider economic trends.

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Texas e-scrap collection lags behind processing ability

Published: October 7, 2021
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Obsolete electronics gathered for recycling.

Research shows there are nearly 60 electronics processing facilities in Texas, some focusing on refurbishment and reuse exclusively. | penofoto / Shutterstock

A state report examining recycling in Texas found there is ample capacity for e-scrap processing, but collection remains a major challenge.

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E-scrap metal notches record high value

Published: September 2, 2021
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Aluminum is one of the metals e-scrap companies recover from electronics, in addition to precious metals, copper and steel. | ST House Studio / Shutterstock

Aluminum prices have climbed to their highest levels in over a decade, providing a boost for processors extracting the non-ferrous metal from scrap electronics.

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Processor’s profits boosted by pivot to data center work

Published: August 19, 2021
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Sims Lifecycle Services, the electronics processing branch of metals recycling giant Sims Limited, reported boosted earnings during its 2021 fiscal year. | Sanchai Khudpin/ Shutterstock

Sims Lifecycle Services is finding that repurposing data center devices continues to be considerably more profitable than recycling e-scrap, financial disclosures show.

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Experts explore three pressing issues facing the industry

Published: June 10, 2021
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Clockwise from upper left: Craig Boswell of HOBI International, Adina Renee Adler of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Russ Ernst of Blancco and Walter Alcorn of the Consumer Technology Association.

Pandemic-spurred spending might mean more electronics entering the recycling stream, but any boost may prove a temporary exception to a long-term downward trend, one expert said during a recent presentation.

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Mixed-plastic exports on slight upswing this year

Published: June 10, 2021
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From January through March of this year, U.S. companies exported 120 million pounds of mixed plastics. | Rich Lonardo / Shutterstock

U.S. shipments of mixed plastic, a category that includes plastics recovered from electronic devices, jumped in the first quarter. Nearly two-thirds of the plastic went to Canada.

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