A former U.S. e-scrap executive pleads not guilty to federal charges related to business practices, and an infamous scrap site in Ghana grabs more headlines.
Dell says it has consumed 50 million pounds of post-consumer plastics, including millions of pounds of resin from recovered electronics.
Updates to the R2 standard continue to be developed, and a large e-scrap processing facility is under construction in South Australia.
Illinois is set to put a legislative Band-Aid on the state’s e-scrap program, requiring electronics manufacturers to collect and recycle more material in coming years.
Public entities continue to take the pledge to become participants in the State Electronics Challenge, indicating their willingness to become better stewards of electronics.
Oregon regulators have fined Total Reclaim more than $160,000 for allegedly violating hazardous waste laws, but the e-scrap processor denies the allegations and has appealed the penalty.
One city refuses to reinstate its electronics recycling program despite residents’ frustration, and remote Alaska receives attention for e-scrap cleanups.