Frequent Questions

How do you choose a reuse or recycle option for electronics?

Define clear objectives of what you want to be done with the equipment and the ultimate disposition of the equipment and/or component parts. Consider asking the following questions: 

Reuse and Donation 
Do you want to provide a community service by donating equipment?
Do you want a tax deduction for your contribution (ensure that the organization is a not-for-profit corporation as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (501(c) tax exempt status)? 
What are your data security needs?
 
Demanufacture/Recycle 
What are your data security needs? 
Do you want your equipment back out in the resale market place?
Do you want the equipment demanufactured into raw materials (i.e. metals, plastics, glass) to be marketed as recyclables? 
Do you want the equipment destroyed?

For more information, see http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/index.htm
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/smm/electronics/index.htm

EPA encourages use of electronics recyclers certified to standards that require safe handling of used electronics and adherence to high environmental standards. Currently two accredited certification standards exist: the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) and the e-Stewards® standards. Visit the eCycling Certification page for more information.

To attain a list of R2 and e-Stewards certified recyclers, contact R2 Solutions and e-Stewards respectively. For a list of recyclers in your region, check with your state environmental or natural resources agency. If you are a homeowner, you should check with your local municipality or solid waste district to learn if there are electronics collection programs or events in your community. The Consumer Electronics Association and Earth 911 websites identify electronic equipment recyclers in many areas around the country.

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