Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent laptop, e-scrap bill, and li-ion battery related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 7/01-7/05.
Apple is recalling about 432,000 MacBook Pro laptop computers sold nationwide because of reported fire hazards. In a press release, the company said it received 26 separate reports of the laptop’s battery overheating — with five customers reporting minor burns and one suffering from smoke inhalation.The company has also received 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property. Consumers are being urged to immediately stop using the recalled laptops and contact Apple to schedule a free repair. The MacBook Pro model in question was sold at Apple and electronic stores nationwide, as well as online, from September 2015 to February 2017 and involves MacBook Pros with 15.4 inch diagonal screen, 2.2-2.5 GHz processors, 256 GB-1 TB solid state storage, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports and one HDMI port.
Last week it was announced that federal legislators reintroduced legislation banning exports of untested, non-working electronics. The bill, the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by legislators in California and New York as H.R. 3559. Essentially, the bill would allow exports of tested and functional devices, which includes some materials recovered from e-scrap through processing operations, such as commodities destined for smelters. Additionally, it would also continue to allow the export of recalled devices that are sent to foreign markets to be repaired. E-Scrap News, a Resource Recycling, Inc. publication, reports that this is “a move that could significantly alter how many e-scrap companies handle materials.”
As a lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries continue to electrify our world, experts say over 11 million tons of spent Li-ion batteries will be discarded from now to 2030, this means a very significant opportunity exists for the lithium ion battery recycling industry. The prospect of a growing lithium ion battery (LIB) recycling is real, recycling is mandatory for supplying the materials needed by the tremendous growth of the lithium ion batteries industry in the coming years. With the clear signals that the LIB market is to take off owing to a dramatic rise in the use of electric vehicles (EV) in the near future.