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What happens to devices at the end of their useful life?

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Unfortunately, the majority of these electronic products end up in landfills and just a tiny percentage comes back as/in new electronic devices. According to a UN study, in 2014 alone, 41.8 million tons of electronic waste (e-waste) was discarded worldwide, with only 10 to 40 percent of disposal done properly. Electronics are full of valuable […]

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An Overview of Metal Recycling, Its Importance, and Recycling

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Metals can be recycled repeatedly without altering their properties. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), steel is the most recycled material on the planet. The other highly recycled metals include aluminum, copper, silver, brass, and gold. Why Do We Recycle Metals? Metals are valuable materials that can be recycled again and again […]

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e-Stewards Launches New e-Recycling Certification Standard

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Seattle, Washington-based e-Stewards has announced the launch of new, revised version of the e-recycling certification standard. The new version 4.0 is the result of eight months of hard work by a subcommittee of the Technical Committee under the Basel Action Network (BAN). The draft of the new version of the certification standard will undergo two […]

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In Europe, 75% of a car is recycled.

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According to auto recycling statistics, the car you are driving today will be a good source of many recyclable materials when it comes time to retire your ride. In fact, around 80% of a car can be recycled. Much of that takes place while your car is still in service, through automotive aftermarket recycling. Approximately […]

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Electronic Devices a Rich Source of Precious Metals for Recyclers

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A rich source of gold is in your sock drawer or around the house. It comes in the form of end-of-life electronic devices that are being generated in escalating numbers each and every year. The Importance of Electronics Recycling and Precious Metal Recovery Electronics recycling is critical in diverting solid waste and supporting zero landfill […]

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Where to Find Copper for Recycling

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For the scrap metal collector, an important source of scrap is an electrical cable, copper flashing, old radiators, and plumbing work. Copper from buildings is crucial, and content is estimated below: 1. In houses (estimates for a 2,100 square foot residence) 195 pounds – building wire 151 pounds – plumbing tube, fittings, valves 24 pounds […]

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The Economic Importance of Copper Recycling

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Ranking immediately behind Chile in copper production, the United States is largely self-sufficient in copper supply. The U.S. produces roughly 8 percent of the world’s copper generation. Almost half of U.S. copper output comes from recycled material, however. In 2010, U.S. recyclers processed 1.8 million metric tons of copper for domestic use and export, second […]

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The Environmental Importance of Copper Recycling

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Copper is an essential trace element which is necessary for the plant and animal health. Moderate excess exposure to copper is not associated with health risks. As with other metals, there are significant environmental benefits to the recycling of copper. These include solid waste diversion, reduced energy requirements for processing, and natural resource conservation. For […]

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California recycling legislation fails to advance in 2019

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California lawmakers ended their 2019 legislative session on Sept. 14 without passing several bills that would have been ambitious efforts to reduce plastic pollution, according to The Mercury News newspaper, San Jose, California. Senate Bill (SB) 54 and Assembly Bill (AB) 1080 each cleared one house but not both chambers as required, The Mercury News […]

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California scrap metal coalition warns proposed actions would imperil recycling

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In a news release, United Metal Recyclers of California (UMRC), a coalition representing every aspect of the metal recycling industry throughout California, including auto dismantlers, recycling centers, shredders and exporters, has warned that a proposed agency action targeting metal shredders and recyclers would eliminate California’s scrap metal operations and force tons of metal into state […]

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