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Dell, Sonos and others advance repairability efforts

Published: January 20, 2022
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Family repairing devices before donating.Samsung

Samsung recently offered a profile of the Denton family, seen here tackling e-waste by repairing old gaming systems before donating them. | Photo courtesy of Samsung

OEMs are looking at redesigning products to ease repair and recycling, and three youths are inspired to start a nonprofit group after participating in a Samsung program. At the same time, design choices from other companies end up in an unwelcome limelight.

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Refurbished electronics seller raises another $510 million

Published: January 13, 2022
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Handshake at a business meeting.

Back Market will use the latest funding round to fuel its growth, including more than doubling its U.S. workforce. | Freedomz/Shutterstock

Back Market, an online marketplace selling refurbished electronics, has now raised over $1 billion in investment backing in recent years.

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Sims begins calculating environmental impact of ITAD

Published: December 2, 2021
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Working at a laptop.

Sims Lifecycle Solutions developed a tool to help clients take stock of the fact that asset retirement is an integral part of sustainability goals. | Vahe Aramyan/Shutterstock

Global ITAD and e-scrap processing company Sims Lifecycle Services recently launched a “sustainability calculator,” a tool to quantify for clients the environmental benefits associated with asset recovery.

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ITAD firm launches project to bridge the digital divide

Published: October 1, 2020
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Young computer user at laptop.

Through the Digial Dreams Project, individual consumers and organizations can donate or trade in devices for students in need. | Farknot Architect/Shutterstock

New Jersey-based PlanITROI has kicked off an effort to help get used computers into the hands of underserved and disadvantaged students so they can study at home.

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In about-face, Apple unveils Self Service Repair program

Published: November 18, 2021
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Repairing an Apple device.

Apple on Nov. 17 announced its Self Service Repair program, which will be available first for the iPhone 12 and 13 and then will include Mac computers with M1 chips. | Parilov/Shutterstock

Apple will sell its parts and tools to individual consumers so they can make common repairs for iPhones, the company announced this week.

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Industry comes back together at Chicago event

Published: November 11, 2021
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A view inside the E-Scrap & E-Reuse Conference.

E-Scrap & E-Reuse 2021 drew roughly 950 attendees Nov. 8-10 to the SwissĂ´tel in downtown Chicago. | daleyphoto.com

Hundreds of electronics recycling and reuse leaders gathered this week for a conference that explored how stakeholders have coped with COVID-19 – and detailed what comes next for the sector.

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IT group says e-scrap should be COP26 priority

Published: November 4, 2021
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A survey showed IT professionals identified e-scrap as a major area for focus to reduce environmental impact. | rafapress/Shutterstock

The global climate change conference taking place this month should increase its focus on end-of-life electronics management, a U.K.-based IT industry association recently stated.

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US allows software break-ins to repair devices

Published: November 4, 2021
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Inside the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Every three years the Librarian of Congress authorizes exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). | DCStockPhotography/Shutterstock

The Librarian of Congress will continue allowing independent shops to legally unlock mobile phones so they can be used with any wireless carrier, increasing their resale value.

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