Tag: Recycling

Why Amazon and Panasonic are betting on this battery recycling startup

By iwano@_84

JB Straubel, the Tesla co-founder and former CTO, is often cast as the humble and pioneering engineer, the quiet one who toiled away in the background for 15 years on some of the company’s most important technologies. That characterization — which intensified as the hype and media attention on Tesla CEO Elon Musk grew — tells a half truth.

Straubel isn’t prone to self-promotion, or even progress reports. His personal Twitter account, nor the one dedicated to his startup, Redwood Materials, has ever even tweeted. And he does like toiling away on complex problems.

But his understated delivery obfuscates his ambitions and plans for Redwood Materials, the recycling startup that he co-founded in 2017. Straubel envisions and is actively working to make Redwood one of the world’s major battery recycling companies, with numerous facilities strategically scattered throughout the globe.

“This is something that is a major industry and a major

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Apple is suing a recycling firm accused of reselling its products

By iwano@_84

  • Apple is suing a Canadian recycling company that it says resold upward of 100,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches instead of breaking them down.
  • The recycling company says that theft of the devices was carried out by three “rogue” employees and that it wasn’t aware of it.
  • Apple is unconvinced by the defense, arguing in its suit that “GEEP’s officers and directors knew or ought to have known about the scheme.”
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Apple is suing a Canadian recycling company that it accuses of reselling upward of 100,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple watches.

The suit, reported by The Logic on Wednesday, was filed in January against the Ontario-based recycling firm Global Electric Electronic Processing, which Apple contracted in 2014 to break down its products. 

Apple noticed the missing devices after an audit of a warehouse indicated devices were being taken to parts of the building

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Apple sues recycling firm for stealing and reselling 100,000 iPhones, iPads and Watches

By iwano@_84

Apple is suing former recycling partner GEEP Canada — now a part of Quantum Lifecycle Partners — for allegedly stealing and reselling at least 103,845 iPhones, iPads and Watches that it was hired to disassemble. “At least 11,766 pounds of Apple devices left GEEP’s premises without being destroyed – a fact that GEEP itself confirmed,” reads a portion of Apple’s complaint, as reported by The Logic (via AppleInsider).

Apple sent the recycling firm over 500,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches between January 2015 and December 2017, according to The Logic’s report. When Apple did an audit, it discovered 18 percent of those devices were still accessing the internet through cellular networks. That 18 percent doesn’t count Apple devices without a cellular radio, so it’s possible an even higher percentage of the gadgets were resold.

Apple seeks to obtain at least $31 million Canadian dollars (roughly $22.7 million USD)

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Graphene’s answer to recycling tire rubber launches to market

By iwano@_84

SpaceMat: graphene’s answer to recycling tyre rubber launches to market
Credit: University of Manchester

A Greater Manchester start-up company has launched the first of a range of products aimed at reducing wastage from vehicle tires, supported by the Graphene Engineering Innovation Center’s (GEIC) ERDF Bridging the Gap program at The University of Manchester.


In conjunction with the GEIC, Dr. Vivek Koncherry developed SpaceMat—a flooring product that uses graphene to improve dramatically the performance of recycled tire rubber compared to previous efforts.

It’s estimated that 1.5 billion waste tires are generated globally every year and most end up in landfill or being burned. Numerous attempts have been made to produce high-quality recycled rubber from tires, but the shedding of microparticles from resultant products has raised concerns over environmental health.

Vivek’s company Space Blue has successfully developed graphene-enhanced recycled rubber products for mass-market applications that address this issue.

Graphene-enhanced performance

The SpaceMat product is constructed from 80% waste tire material and 20%

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Height of fashion? Clothes mountains build up as recycling breaks down

By iwano@_84

By Sonya Dowsett and George Obulutsa

MADRID/NAIROBI (Reuters) – Clothes recycling is the pressure-release valve of fast fashion, and it’s breaking under COVID-19 curbs.

The multi-billion-dollar trade in second-hand clothing helps prevent the global fashion industry’s growing pile of waste going straight to landfill, while keeping wardrobes clear for next season’s designs. But it’s facing a crisis.

Exporters are struggling, as are traders and customers in often poorer nations from Africa to Eastern Europe and Latin America who rely on a steady supply of used clothes.

The signs are everywhere.

From London to Los Angeles, many thrift shops and clothing banks outside stores and on streets have been deluged with more clothes than could be sold on, leading to mountains of garments building up in sorting warehouses.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began early this year, textile recyclers and exporters have had to cut their prices to shift stock as lockdown

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Lapid bats for donation, recycling system for electronic gadgets

By iwano@_84

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Lito Lapid has filed a bill seeking to establish a program where manufacturers and retailers of electronic gadgets will be mandated to set up donation and recycling booths in their outlets and service centers.

In filing Senate Bill No. 1846, Lapid said the booths will be set up for electronic gadgets such as laptops and mobile phones for donation or recycling. 

He explained that users frequently dispose of their old gadgets as they buy brand-new units, which in turn, contribute to the waste problem in the country. 

“Hindi natin masisisi ang ating mga kababayan kung gugustuhin nilang palitan ng bago ang kanilang mga gadget kahit hindi pa ito sira, lalo kung may pambili naman sila. Pero kung tutuusin ang mga lumang gadget gaya ng mobile phones at laptop, hindi naman kailangan itapon,” Lapid said in a statement on Friday.

(We cannot blame our countrymen if they

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Computer Recycling – The Importance

By iwano@_84

Electronics are becoming more and more easy to use, causing them to become in high demand. There are multiple places to purchase a new computer. With such a demand for new, smart, easier to use computers poses the question, “what do I do with my old computer?” Old computers to be taken the Goodwill or donated to a school for computer education. Our high speed internet is to much for these oldies. Luckily new technology has given birth to Computer Recycling Companies, and has given them the ability to recycle computers in order to save the environment from harmful waste from old, rotten computers.

One of the many Computer Recycling Centers is Best Buy. They now have streamed on their web site and on their commercials that they will take in any old computer and/or laptop for a $10 processing fee then will give you a $10 gift card. Just … Read More

Computer Recycling For Businesses – Challenge #1 – Regulations

By iwano@_84

It’s general knowledge that electronics recycling (e.g. computer recycling, monitor recycling) is subject to both state and federal regulations. It’s also generally understood that failure to follow mandatory regulations may be subject to substantial fines.

What most people don’t know, including many computer recycling companies, are the details of the state and federal regulations for electronics recycling. Or, in some cases they know the recycling regulations, but don’t want the cost or inconvenience of complying.

What this means at the individual or household level is computer monitors are left on street curbs and “energy saver” light bulbs are put in the trash when they stop working. In both cases hazardous materials are being improperly handled.

At the corporate level ignorance of regulations and indifference to electronic recycling have essentially the same consequences – hazardous materials are mishandled and the environment is compromised. The main difference at the corporate level versus … Read More

Computer Recycling – What Can You Do?

By iwano@_84

Computer recyclers are usually located in many areas and are more than willing to take your old electronics off of your hands. Often, a city will set aside a day for people to bring these kinds of items in to reduce the number that are thrown out. Computer recycling is the best way to make your old electronics disappear without causing undue damage to the environment. When a computer and its components are thrown out in the trash, they become part of the larger problem of landfill waste when they can be recycled and made into new items for purchase.

Items such as printers, cartridges, parts and cords contain valuable materials in them like plastic, metal and glass which can be reused to make new products. Many manufacturers are starting to use recycled products at an increasing rate for its ability to save the money on producing an item and … Read More