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California may add OLED devices and others to recycling program

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California officials are testing a variety of electronic devices to measure the concentrations of metals and compare them to the thresholds listed in the California Code of Regulations. | Sorbis/Shutterstock

E-scrap processors in California could get paid by the state to recycle additional types of electronic devices, depending on the outcome of toxicity testing by officials.

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ITAD firms weigh in on bank’s $60M data mismanagement fine

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The Treasury Department fine against Morgan Stanley was related to a 2016 decommissioning of two Wealth Management business data centers in the U.S., as well as ITAD vendor control management deficiencies in 2019. The company doesn’t believe any client information has been accessed or misused.| Ken Wolter/Shutterstock

The U.S. Treasury Department has issued a major fine to Morgan Stanley for improper management of drives. Executives in the electronics recovery sector say the case reaffirms the warnings they have been giving to corporate partners for years.

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BAN offers update on its EarthEye tracking program

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The Basel Action Network estimates that since the EarthEye program started over a dozen customers have used the trackers. | Aunging/Shutterstock

Samsung is deploying 40 GPS trackers a year to follow the downstream movement of scrap electronics. Processors, including Kuusakoski, have used the devices to track the movement of recovered commodities.

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California hikes payments for stressed e-scrap companies

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CalRecycle staff said their recommendation to raise payment rates was based on updated cost data submitted by e-scrap collectors and processors, as well as other factors. | DAMRONG RATTANAPONG/Shutterstock

Citing difficult market conditions and rising costs for the industry, California officials will greatly increase the rates they pay e-scrap firms to collect and recycle electronics.

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Market competition advocacy group backs right to repair

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The Open Markets Institute recently called on the federal government to ensure consumers have the parts, tools, information and software necessary to repair their products. | Diana Memetova/Shutterstock

A Washington, D.C.-based think tank has joined stakeholders calling for regulators to use antitrust powers to bolster the independent electronics repair industry.

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Details emerge on scope of Closed Loop CRT cleanup

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A photo from consulting firm AECOM shows a view inside of 1655 Watkins Road in 2015, when Closed Loop still operated in the space.

E-scrap company Novotec will be paid up to $14 million to recycle or dispose of over 128 million pounds of CRT materials at former Closed Loop Refining and Recovery warehouses in Ohio, newly released documents show.

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Electronics recycling ‘essential’ during pandemic

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The electronics recovery business is escaping widespread regulations that are closing companies in other fields. | Mikhail Starodubov/Shutterstock

E-scrap and ITAD operations are largely falling into the category of essential services amid the coronavirus pandemic. Although that doesn’t mean smooth sailing, it allows recycling facilities to stay open alongside other critical industries.

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