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Biden-Harris admin pushes US sustainable procurement

Published: August 9, 2023
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A federal purchasing rule handed down last week directs agencies to buy sustainable products and avoid those that contain PFAS. | Petrmalinak/Shutterstock

The federal government has announced plans to further prioritize American-made sustainable products and services in its purchasing, including recycled content. Continue Reading

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E-scrap exports discussed at US Senate hearing

Published: July 26, 2023
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Opinions on potentially restricting e-scrap exports varied, with some arguing such a move would hinder sales and others arguing it would bolster domestic job creation. | Katherine Welles/Shutterstock

In a wide-ranging hearing on electronics recycling and reuse, several U.S. senators heard discussion about how export restrictions affect U.S. industry.  Continue Reading

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Lawmakers put another $2M into Wisconsin CRT cleanup

Published: July 12, 2023
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LCD tubes recovered from 5R’s Ladysmith, Wisc. facility. | Courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

At his current rate, the former CEO of 5R Processors will fully pay off his $2 million in court-ordered e-scrap abandonment restitution in roughly 1,200 years. Knowing that, Wisconsin lawmakers just approved allocating another $2 million in public funds to clean up the mess. Continue Reading

Oregon E-Cycles update signed into law

Published: June 28, 2023
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The bill in Oregon will greatly expand the list of covered items, bringing VCRs and other products into the fold. | Charles Knowles/Shutterstock

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Oregon lawmakers passed – and the governor signed – legislation that will add devices to the state’s electronics recycling program and also alter the framework through which manufacturers fulfill their collection obligations. Continue Reading

Pennsylvania processor works to clear out CRT stockpile

Published: May 24, 2023
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The CEO of Pennsylvania-based eLoop attributes the buildup of CRTs to a narrowing downstream and pandemic-related challenges. | Dongseun Yang/Shutterstock

Pandemic-era business conditions and the closure of a CRT outlet contributed to eLoop violating CRT accumulation rules last year, the CEO said. Now, the processor and regulators are working out a mandatory plan to clear out the stockpile. Continue Reading

Minnesota lawmakers include right to repair in budget

Published: May 24, 2023
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Pile of used smartphones.

Legislators in the Gopher State have taken language from two right-to-repair bills and inserted it into the state’s budget. | Anton Starikov/Shutterstock

By incorporating language from previous bills into its budget, Minnesota has now become the second state in the nation to enact a right to repair digital devices. Continue Reading

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California officials hint at big e-scrap program changes

Published: March 29, 2023
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E-scrap in a waste basket.

Some aspects of the state’s e-waste law require clarification, but California officials expect a significant expansion of covered items.| Africa Studio/Shutterstock

In the future, e-scrap processors in California could receive state money to recycle electric toothbrushes, electronic greeting cards, toys and a host of other items with embedded batteries, state regulators recently suggested.  Continue Reading

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