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OEM processing goals, mail-in education and reverse logistics

Published: April 15, 2021
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Intel sign on company building with blue sky and trees.

Intel reported the company will expand the scope of its reverse logistics program and optimize reuse and recovery of returned products. | Bandersnatch/Shutterstock

Belkin reported on its recycling progress, Dell launched a collection advertising campaign, and Intel wrote about how it works with device returns. These are a few recent developments from electronics manufacturers.

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OEMs and processors join global e-scrap partnership

Published: March 25, 2021
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Printed circuit boards for recycling.

The Circular Electronics Partnership is being facilitated by a handful of organizations, including the Global Electronics Council and the World Economic Forum. | Iryna Imago/Shutterstock

Dell, Glencore, Microsoft and Sims are among the founding collaborators of the Circular Electronics Partnership, a new initiative focused on boosting recovery and reuse of electronics.

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Microsoft hits 84% asset reuse rate in data centers

Published: February 25, 2021
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Microsoft sign in front of corporate offices.

Microsoft has plans to significantly expand its data center footprint beyond the current 3 million servers and related hardware, with sustainability in mind. | Ritu Manoj Jethani/Shutterstock

A year after establishing a handful of guiding sustainability targets, Microsoft this month published a progress report. The report touched on the company’s move to increase reuse at its data centers.

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Apple to pay $113 million in battery-throttling case

Published: December 24, 2020
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Apple’s battery-throttling controversy has helped fuel right-to-repair conversations.| Attila Fodemesi/Shutterstock

Apple has agreed to settle allegations that the company concealed iPhone battery problems rather than informing customers or replacing the batteries.

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Samsung supports franchise repair firm’s e-scrap collection

Published: December 3, 2020
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The sign of a UBreakIFix location in California.

In a partnership with Samsung, uBreakiFix will now accept a variety of electronics for recycling at its 550-plus U.S. storefronts. | David Tonelson/Shutterstock

Scrap electronics will be accepted free of charge for recycling at hundreds of uBreakiFix retail locations, through a new partnership with Samsung.

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Major OEM settles in Closed Loop cleanup case

Published: November 19, 2020
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CRT materials spilled in the former Closed Loop facilitiy.

Sony’s payment will help fund cleanup of the estimated 160 million pound stockpile at two Ohio facilities. | Courtesy of EnSafe.

Sony Electronics agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle allegations that the company is liable for CRT materials abandoned by Closed Loop Refining and Recovery.

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The details on Apple’s lawsuit against GEEP Canada

Published: October 8, 2020
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Exterior of an Apple store.

Apple alleges its damages total $30 million Canadian, deriving from lost profits from gray-markets sales and injury to Apple’s brand image and trademarks. | IRENE COLL INGLES/Shutterstock

Apple claims GEEP Canada employees hid Apple devices out of view of an e-scrap facility’s cameras, mislabeled devices as “copper bearings” for outbound shipping, and then received kickbacks for illegally reselling them.

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