Electronic equipment discards such as computers, televisions, audio/visual equipment, phones and office equipment is one of the fastest growing segments of our waste stream. Generally known as “e-waste”, it requires special attention for proper disposal. In good condition, electronics can be refurbished and resold, or donated for万博手机手机登录app.
Why should you recycle your electronics?
Two sets of MassDEP regulations govern the management of e-waste. Cathode ray tubes (CRTs), which are found in older style televisions and computer monitors, have been banned from disposal through the Massachusetts Waste Bans, since April 2000. CRT televisions and monitors are made with leaded glass and contain an average of 4 pounds of lead each.
In 2008, Massachusetts passed the水星管理法案禁止处理含有汞的任何产品。平面屏幕监视器，电视和其他具有背光屏幕的设备包含fluorescent lampsthat have mercury. Fluorescent lamps, plus any other mercury-containing items such as button batteries, must either be recycled as a Universal Waste or managed as a hazardous waste.
For these reasons, it is very important that electronic equipment be handled carefully at the end of its useful life. In addition to complying with laws and regulations, recycling makes sense for the planet and your local community because it conserve valuable resources, reduces pollution from production of new materials, and creates jobs.
Other recyclers test electronics and sell working equipment to wholesalers or consumers or donate to schools and non-profits. Before selecting an e-waste recycler, it is a good idea to ask if they are certified by an independent third-party auditor. Currently there are two accredited certification standards for e-waste recyclers: the负责任的回收规范(R2) and thee-Stewardsstandards. Certification to the environmental management standard ISO 14001 is another option for selecting an e-waste recycler.
For more information on other commonly recycled materials visit these pages:
- 了解如何start or improve your own recycling program.
- Find a hauler or processor for recyclable materials in your area,search our Recycler Database.
- Find out how you can purchase recycled products, check out ourBuying Recycled Products部分。
- For more information on recycling in Massachusetts check out the MassDEP Factsheet:Where does it all go?
- Learn about马萨诸塞州浪费禁令.
- Read the EPA’s guide on电子产品Donation and Recycling.
- Download theUniversal waste law small quantity generator fact sheet.