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Information for Households, Businesses, Organizations and Government Agencies

Electronics Recycling Questions and Answers

Households

Businesses, Institutions, Non-profit Organizations,
State Government Offices and Local Government Offices

State Regulations


FOR HOUSEHOLDS

Do federal or state hazardous waste laws apply to me?

While federal and state hazardous waste laws do not apply to households, we strongly encourage all citizens to reuse, donate, or recycle their unwanted electronics.

Visit these pages for more information on how to:

Reuse old electronics
Donate old electronics
Recycle old electronics
Buy green electronics

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BUSINESSES, INSTITUTIONS, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES

Do Federal Laws apply to me?

If your business or organization discards less than 100 kilograms (about 220 pounds) per month of hazardous waste (including used CRTs), it is NOT regulated under most federal hazardous waste requirements.  However, these wastes must still go to a facility authorized to receive solid waste.

If your business or organization generates more than 100 kilograms (about 220 pounds) per month of hazardous waste, it is regulated under federal law when the waste is disposed.  CRTs from such facilities sent for disposal must be manifested and sent as “hazardous waste” to a permitted hazardous waste landfill.

If you send CRTs and other electronics for recycling, you must follow streamlined Federal requirements that make it easier and less costly to recycle CRTs.  These streamlined Federal requirements are called the Cathode Ray Tube Rule.  EPA finalized the Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Rule on January 27, 2007.

Click here for the Fact Sheet on the CRT Rule.

Some states in the U.S. consider CRTs destined for disposal as Universal Waste, which have less stringent hazardous waste management requirements.  

Do State Regulations Apply to me?

If you generate electronic waste for disposal and it is not from a household, the waste may be hazardous and you must make a determination whether or not the waste you generate is hazardous. Your business or organization may be exposed to future liability if the electronic waste is not disposed of properly as a hazardous waste.

If you recycle the electronic waste, many states do not view electronics for recycling as hazardous waste.

We encourage businesses, organizations and other generators to recycle or reuse waste electronics to avoid the regulatory burden of disposing of a hazardous waste.  Proper recycling and reuse relieve businesses and other organizations that possess large amounts of electronics of the need to dispose of these electronic items as hazardous waste.

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STATE REGULATIONS

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia does not have specific regulations pertaining to the disposal of electronic equipment. 

Delaware

Delaware Regulations

Maryland

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Regulations

Virginia

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