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Ongoing electronics projects and examples of previous electronics projects and grants

E-scrap Program Outreach

The Indiana Recycling Coalition, in partnership with Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Management Districts, electronics recyclers, and other organizations, will develop a statewide multimedia and outreach campaign on electronics (e-scrap) management issues and options. This campaign will begin with the development of a unique logo, a campaign image, tools and fact sheets which would be used in one-on-one meetings, group presentations and media outlets to reach a broad constituency about the important message of the potential hazards of e-scrap, options for responsibly managing e-scrap, and information about buying greener electronic devices.

Measures for the project may include: number of electronics management programs in Indiana, quantity of components reused and recycled through these programs, number and size of contracts government units and schools have with e-scrap management vendors, and number of entities incorporating green procurement standards in their programs.

Construction & Demolition and Electronic Tracking

Working with WasteCap Wisconsin, WI DNR proposes to develop a training class for contractors that generate construction debris; develop an outreach mechanism to promote the toolkit to other contractors in the state; and develop and implement on-line tracking systems for both C&D and electronic recycling. The on-line tracking systems will provide a model for voluntary reporting systems. This approach to data collection could be used throughout the region.

Federal Electronics Challenge Support

The program's goal is to promote a best management practice system for the Federal government’s electronic waste. With this funding a contractor provided technical assistance during the pilot phase and national launch of the FEC. In addition, tools were developed to help new partners realize success. The contract involved marketing the FEC and development of materials for the Challenge. FEC pilot partners received assistance in completing a baseline survey of their electronics management practices at the beginning and end of the pilot phase. Measures such as the number of computers donated and recycled were used to evaluate facility progress. Technical assistance and feedback is important from partners because these tools will be used to support implementation of the program.

Create responsible purchasing tools and promote greener products

Region 5 funded the Center for a New American Dream (CNAD) to create responsible purchasing tools and promote greener products in EPA Region 5. The project will be carried out by improving existing CNAD greener electronics procurement tools, partnering with Region 5 entities to help them improve and measure their procurement of green electronics, documenting the success of these partners in case studies, and performing extensive outreach on greener electronics procurement in Region 5.

Toxicity Testing

In response to State requests for additional toxicity testing, Regions 5 and 4 funded a grant to the University of Florida to conduct toxicity leaching tests on electronic devices, including computer mice, keyboards, VCRs, printers, and laptop computers.

Regulatory Clarity

Region 5 developed a boilerplate letter (PDF) describing potential RCRA and CERCLA liability for organizations interested in donating electronic equipment.

E-Scrap Management Toolkit

Region 5 funded a grant to the Indiana Recycling Coalition to hold a Green Electronics Procurement Workshop in August 2004. The presentations from this workshop were incorporated into the IRC's E-Scrap Management Toolkit. This best practices manual helps Indiana's local governments, businesses, non-profits, recyclers, and residents understand how to manage e-scrap properly.

Green Procurement Workshops

The Indiana Recycling Coalition will develop a curriculum and implement a “Green Electronics Procurement” workshop that will train procurement officials on the local, state and corporate levels. This workshop will help participants to develop procurement programs and bidding processes that will specify electronic equipment that is more environmentally sound and therefore, more economic, than the types of equipment that are being procured today.

National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI)

This collaborative effort involved state and federal governments, industry, and NGOs and was facilitated by the Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies. The goal of this initiative was to work together to identify shared solutions to reducing, reusing and recycling electronic waste. The NEPSI group has created an online data form for electronics collection event coordinators to encourage more accurate comparisons between computer and electronics recycling programs across the country.

Testing High-End Reuse of Engineering Plastics from Used Electronic Products

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Sony Electronics, and EPA are working to learn about the barriers and opportunities to recycling plastics from used electronic products in the manufacturing of new electronic products. The project seeks to advance the establishment of closed-loop recycling for engineering plastics. The project is designed to utilize existing markets to create new, competitive domestic demand for engineering plastics. It is the intent of project participants that upon completion of the project new domestic markets for recycled engineering plastics will exist as self-sustaining, non-subsidized markets.

 


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