Computer Disposal Laws and Regulations

Computer disposal laws and regulations work to protect the environment and promote recycling

Computer disposal laws and regulations are in response to the widespread use of computers in homes and businesses. Of particular concern is the proper disposal of cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors due to their lead content. Disposing of CRT monitors into landfills impacts underground water supplies, which then poses a health threat to humans and wildlife. To help prevent this from happening, federal, state and local governments, as well as electronics manufacturers are providing outreach programs designed to educate the public on the importance of electronic recycling and what impact they have on the environment.

Aside from outreach programs, there have been other initiatives of proper computer disposal such as:

1. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requirements

2. States passing electronics disposal and recycling legislation

3. Businesses offering computer disposal services for consumers

Read federal computer disposal laws and regulations

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provides disposal requirements for computers and monitors. Households and businesses disposing of less than seven monitors a month are exempt from RSRA requirements, while those disposing of more than seven monitors a month must follow hazardous waste standards and document the recycling of the equipment. Businesses that donate their computer monitors to charities or trade them in towards new monitors are exempt from RCRA regulations.
Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Register provides information on the disposal of CRT monitors as outlined in 40 CFR Parts 9, 260, 261, and 271.

Research state laws regarding computer disposal laws and regulations

Due to requirements established by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 40 regarding the disposal of hazardous materials, some governments have passed legislation to encourage the recycling of electronics. State laws may define specific responsibilities for manufacturers, retailers, and recyclers of electronics and video display devices.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, as part of their electronics recycling program, provides its residents with a computer disposal directory of charities and drop off locations where they can take their unwanted computer equipment.

Find a licensed computer disposal provider

In order to qualify as a licensed or authorized computer disposal provider, one must receive permitting or licensing from an environmental agency. Periodic inspections as well as operational reviews ensure the computer disposal providers are complying with federal and state regulations.
Recycling Center Approval and Requirements as well as a computer disposal list of licensed facilities. Newtech Recycling also provides information on New Jersey’s Recycling and Disposal regulations.