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Survey shows 18% drop in unused household devices

Published: April 28, 2022
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Since Wisconsin’s electronics recycling law took effect in 2010, the DNR has conducted six statewide household recycling surveys. | Courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Fewer devices were sitting unused in Wisconsin homes in 2021 than three years prior, a report found.

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Feds want industry help to lower PV recycling costs

Published: March 31, 2022
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The U.S. Department of Energy has released a five-year action plan for cutting the cost of recycling photovoltaic (PV) materials in half. | lccarvalho/Shutterstock

It’s generally cheaper to landfill old solar panels than it is to recycle them. The U.S. Department of Energy wants to change that.

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Battery news roundup: New plants, partnerships

Published: March 24, 2022
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Mechanically shredded batteries at the Princeton NuEnergy facility

Shredded batteries at the Princeton NuEnergy facility in Bordentown, N.J. | Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Courtesy of Princeton University

Partnerships and plans to expand lithium-ion battery recycling are moving forward globally, with several companies announcing collaborations, funding and construction progress.

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Feds fund R&D for rare earths and other e-scrap metals

Published: March 17, 2022
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The U.S. government is investing millions of dollars to develop technologies to recover rare earths, such as neodymium. | RHJPhtotoandilustration/Shutterstock

The U.S. military has kickstarted a $5 million project to research and develop technologies for recovering critical metals from e-scrap.

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PPP pumped $606M into repair and maintenance industry

Published: March 17, 2022
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An analysis shows electronics repair and recycling firms received over $600 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans. | Kmpzzz/Shutterstock

Electronics repair and maintenance businesses received about $606 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans, a sum that includes over $166 million received after Congress allowed certain companies to take a second bite at the PPP apple.

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Study explores exposure to synthetic antioxidants

Published: February 17, 2022
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Researchers are calling for more research into the toxicity and risks of new types of antioxidants that e-scrap workers can become exposed to. | Jared Paben/Resource Recycling, Inc.

E-scrap facility workers are being exposed to new types of synthetic antioxidants used in plastics and rubbers, with unknown health consequences, according to recent research.

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Report: COVID-19 affected ITAD companies less in 2021

Published: February 3, 2022
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The value of used servers skyrocketed 71% over the last three years, according to Cascade Asset Management’s report. | Mikhail Starodubov/Shutterstock

The value of refurbished laptops and servers in 2021 remained higher than pre-pandemic, according to a report from Cascade Asset Management, though laptop prices fell slightly from 2020 highs.

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A look at e-scrap collection struggles in Latin America

Published: January 27, 2022
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E-scrap recycling rates are very low in 13 Latin American countries assessed by the United Nations, highlighting a need for expanding or enforcing regulations.  | Divina Epiphania/Shutterstock

Despite most countries having at least some e-scrap-related legislation, recycling rates in 13 Latin American countries are very low, at just under 3%, a U.N. report found.

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Data shows e-scrap disposal increase in one state

Published: December 23, 2021
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Cascadia Consulting Group estimated Washington residents and businesses threw away 41,441 tons of electronics in the 2020-21 audit period. | Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

As COVID-19 took hold and e-scrap collection opportunities were canceled, the public began trashing a lot more of their electronics in Washington state, according to recently reported figures.

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Analysts: EV battery recycling sector nascent for next decade

Published: December 16, 2021
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Analysts suggest there is not a critical mass of end-of-life EV batteries available to support fast scaling of the industry. | Sergii Chernov/Shutterstock

Lithium-ion battery recycling facilities are being announced with greater frequency, many aiming to capture the emerging supply of end-of-life electric vehicle batteries. But a research firm says several factors will prevent this industry from ramping up until after 2030.
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