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Apple updates recycled metals goals, rolls out tech

Published: April 20, 2023
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Apple’s new overhead projector-based augmented reality systems help humans disassemble products by following along with the projected images. | Photo courtesy of Apple

Apple is pushing to use more recycled metals in its products and deployed a system to make device dismantling easier for recycling contractors. Continue Reading

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How Samsung patent dispute could affect device repair

Published: March 22, 2023
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Samsung Galaxy S9 phones stacked on a surface.

A patent dispute over screens may have wider implications for both consumers and the electronics repair industry. | Leszek Kobusinski/Shutterstock

A complaint to the U.S. International Trade Commission by one of the world’s biggest smartphone companies seeks to halt imports of some aftermarket screens into the U.S., threatening the supply of parts to independent repair shops.  Continue Reading

Phone shipments and demand expected to decline

Published: March 15, 2023
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The latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report predicted that shipments of smartphones in 2023 will see a slight decline instead of growing, as was previously forecast.| Maxx Studio/Shutterstock

After initially forecasting an increase in global smartphone shipments, the International Data Corporation now says it expects shipments to decline about 1.1% in 2023.  Continue Reading

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CES yields recycling program, ‘green’ campaign news

Published: January 11, 2023
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Consumers can now mail old Panasonic personal care devices to ERI free of charge. | Pavlo Lys/Shutterstock

Panasonic, MRM and ERI partnered to launch a mail-in recycling program for electric shavers and trimmers, and the U.S. EPA presented a circular economy-focused session. Those were only a couple of recycling-related items to emerge from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. 

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Intel details precious metals, asset recovery initiatives

Published: November 30, 2022
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In 2021, Intel maintained a rate of 5% total material to landfill and put circular strategies in place for 65% of its manufacturing scrap. | jejim/Shutterstock

Intel is trying several angles in pursuit of its goal to send zero waste to landfill, including redesign of circuit boards for easier recycling and educating consumers on how to recycle via a video game. 

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Microsoft advances reparability on Surface Pro line

Published: November 30, 2022
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Microsoft is also working to expand its authorized repair network by early 2023, for customers who do not want to attempt repairs themselves. | Chie Inoue/Shutterstock

A recent teardown analysis by iFixit found that Microsoft made progress on its repairability improvement promises with the Surface Pro 9. 

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How three OEMs approach product sustainability

Published: November 17, 2022
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Speakers at a panel at the 2022 E-Reuse Conference.

The “Driving Circularity” panel included (from left) Paul Walker of Samsung, Scott Shackelford of Google, Drew Tosh from Dell and Corey Dehmey of SERI. | Dan Leif/Resource Recycling, Inc.

Leaders from Dell, Google and Samsung laid out details this week on how their companies are building strategies around repair, device longevity and more.

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Apple’s sustainability moves include recycled metals, more

Published: October 26, 2022
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Apple’s latest iPad Pro is made with recycled gold, copper, aluminum, tin and rare earth elements. | Courtesy of Apple

Apple has released products made with recycled metals, is reiterating a call for its suppliers to become carbon neutral and plans to adopt USB-C chargers to comply with European Union law.  

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Companies take different paths to address e-plastics

Published: October 5, 2022
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Attendees listen to speakers at the 2022 E-Scrap Conference.

An e-plastics focused session at the 2022 E-Scrap Conference brought attendees perspectives from domestic processors. | Big Wave Productions/Resource Recycling, Inc.

Two businesses with unique approaches to meeting the goal of domestically processing e-plastics shared their plans at the 2022 E-Scrap Conference.

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