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Information About Electronics Recyclers

What Do Electronics Recyclers Do?

Electronics recyclers generally:

Collect unwanted electronics to reuse or to recycle within the United States

Collect unwanted electronics to export to other countries for reuse or for recycling

Dispose of small amounts of unwanted electronics

Does EPA Certify or Recommend Electronics Recyclers?

The U.S. EPA does not certify, endorse, permit, or approve facilities that collect, demanufacture or disassemble, or recycle electronics.

A facility’s EPA Identification Number neither gives nor implies certification or approval by EPA to operate a recycling or dismantling facility, or a similar enterprise.  It does not mean that the recycling facility is in good standing.

A facility’s EPA ID number indicates, only, that the facility has appropriately notified EPA that it is managing waste that may be considered hazardous according to federal regulations.

What Regulations Apply to Electronics Recyclers?

If electronics recyclers collect unwanted computer monitors, televisions, and other electronics for recycling or reuse, either in the United States or in other countries, then they must follow the Federal Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Rule.  These streamlined Federal requirements standardize how unwanted electronics are managed, and make it easier and less costly to recycle these electronics.  EPA finalized the Cathode Ray Tube Rule on January 27, 2007.

If electronics recyclers dispose of computers or televisions monitors and other electronics, they must follow Federal or State hazardous waste regulations. 

For more information about the CRT Rule, visit the sites below.

Region 3 The Mid-Atlantic States


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