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Dealing with the disposal of electronic equipment is a confusing issue for many organizations.  What are your options and legal obligations?  What are the consequences?
 
Environmental Regulations
 
Electronic equipment contains materials known to be hazardous and a threat to the environment if not managed properly.  The proper management of such material is regulated under RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) and subsequent Amendments.  Regulated material includes many of the heavy metals found in CRTs, circuit boards, and batteries.
 
Businesses and others are obligated to recognize such regulated material and to properly manage them.  While enforcement action may vary from one jurisdiction to another, it is becoming increasingly evident that an organization will be held liable under RCRA provisions and other statutes, such as the Clean Water Act (CWA) for the improper management of electronic equipment.
 
The Hazards
 
Discarded electronic equipment contains a variety of toxic materials/pollutants including one or more of the following:  lead, mercury, selenium, cadmium, arsenic, zinc, brominated flame retardants, and, in older equipment, polychlorinated byphenyls (PCBs).  Cathode ray tubes (CRT's) found in computer monitors contain about 4 pounds of lead.
 
Data Control
 
Perhaps most importantly, your electronic equipment probably contains private or sensitive data that you need to protect!  Hard drives need to be properly managed, along with other data storage mechanisms you may not even recognize.  Resale, donation and employee giveaway programs do not necessarily protect businesses from losing control of proprietary information.  Freedom will ensure that your equipment is properly handled and recycled and that your data is completely destroyed.

 
     

 
     

 
 

Freedom Electronics Recycling, Inc.
Williamsport, Maryland
301-223-4123