Electronic Waste

Request: A county is working to implement an ISO 14001 program. One of the program initiatives involves how the County handles its electronic waste. To further sustainability, they would like to inquire what are the best practices for a local government to dispose/sell its electronic waste, and supporting processes. If there are any solicitation or notice language what is the best in class to utilize.


Request: A county is working to implement an ISO 14001 program. One of the program initiatives involves how the County handles its electronic waste. To further sustainability, they would like to inquire what are the best practices for a local government to dispose/sell its electronic waste, and supporting processes. If there are any solicitation or notice language what is the best in class to utilize.

Background: China recently discontinued its partnership with the U.S, where we would trade our recycled materials to China. Now that there is less money in recycling cities and counties are looking at new ways of recycling waste. 


  • 25 states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation establishing a statewide electronic waste, or e-waste, recycling program.

  • Legislation typically follows two basic models for e-waste disposal. Under the extended producer responsibility model, used in 24 states, the manufacturer takes responsibility by paying to collect and recycle the products covered under law, with the products covered varying widely from state to state.

  • Under the second type of program, known as the advanced recycling fee model, consumers pay retailers a $6 to $10 fee at the time of purchase which is deposited into a statewide recycling fund. California adopted this method in 2003—and was the first state to establish an e-waste recycling program.



Practicing Cities

There are 3 Major cities that are well known for their government recycling programs in the U.S, here are a few of their programs that they offer for electronic disposal in their cities for local government and residents. . 

  • Los Angeles,CA

    • S.A.F.E. permanent collection centers

      • o   “Permanent collection centers offer a convenient, free method for Los Angeles County residents to properly dispose of household hazardous and electronic waste (HHW/e-waste). Residents can drop off items such as paint, solvents, chemicals, computers, batteries, cell phones, fluorescent lights, etc., Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.”

      • https://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/hhw/Permanent

    • HHW/E-Waste Collection Events

      • All residents of Los Angeles County may also utilize mobile, one-day collection events throughout the County to properly dispose of HHW/E-Waste FREE of charge. Events are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).Any and all Electronic Waste we collect at these events is sent to a facility within the State of California that certifies that it is 100% demanufactured and recycled in a stringent and environmentally acceptable manner to the commodity level in the United States. No Electronic Waste collected at these events is sent overseas.”

      • https://ladpw.org/general/enotifyCalendar/Calendar.aspx

  •  San Francisco,CA

    • SF Zero Waste

    • “At its core, the San Francisco zero waste program is run like a social enterprise, meaning that its primary purpose for being is to fulfill a mission (i.e. zero waste) and that the program is expected to make a profit while doing so.”

    • “Rewards Generators and Service Provider for Reducing Waste: Businesses receive a rate discount based on actual diversion, providing strong financial incentives reduce waste, recycle and compost.”

    • I Got E Waste,INC

    • “If you are a business, school, organization or government agency located in the Bay Area and have at least five larger items including computers, monitors, LCD displays, notebooks, test equipment, networking equipment, or televisions, we will pick up your items at no cost.”

  • Seattle, WA

    • E-Cycle WA 

    • “E-Cycle Washington is a free program that makes it easy for Washington residents to recycle their broken, obsolete or worn-out electronics. Electronic products contain valuable materials that can be recycled and toxic chemicals that should be kept out of the landfill.”  

    • 3R Technology

    • 3R Technology is an ISO 14001 and R2:2013 certified recycling facility, providing secure logistics and environmentally sound processing for businesses throughout the Pacific NW.


Texas Takeback program

Texas has made a great effort to provide residents with sustainable options to dispose of electronic waste which includes requiring manufacturers to provide options for citizens to dispose of electronic waste they have manufactured.

  • “Texas law now requires television and computer-equipment manufacturers to offer recycling opportunities to consumers for these electronics. Under the Computer Recycling and TV Recycling programs households have two options to recycle electronics.”

  • https://www.tceq.texas.gov/p2/recycle/electronics


Dallas County

    • STS Electronic Recycling Inc

      • “STS Electronic Recycling Inc. offers ABSOLUTELY FREE recycling solutions to your business, school or pc, laptop or electronics recycling needs.  If data security is an issue, we offer free offsite hard drive data destruction meeting HIPAA, FERPA, FACTA, SOX and the Department of Defense standards for hard drive data destruction. We also offer onsite data destruction services. We are equipped to handle any size job, with more than 50,000 sq. feet of recycling facility no computer recycling or electronics recycling job is too large.”

      • https://www.stselectronicrecyclinginc.com/dallas

    • E-Steward membership – Free for local government

      • o   “ e-Stewards Enterprises agree to make best commercially reasonable efforts to use e-Stewards certified recyclers, to place this preference into all their “requests for proposals” (RFPs), and to  provide a short annual report (submitted online) on progress made in using e-Stewards recyclers. Local governments are exempt from this fee, and nonprofits receive a discounted rate.”

      • http://e-stewards.org/learn-more/for-enterprises/enterprise-program/benefits-for-enterprises

    • E-Steward certified recyclers - Staples  

    • Electronic Manufacturer Recycling programs


Electronics Donation 

Electronics that have no major issues can be reused through donation. 

  • Consideration Before Donating or Recycling Your Used Electronics

    • For your computer or laptop, consider upgrading the hardware or software instead of buying a brand new product.

    • Delete all personal information from your electronics.

    • Remove any batteries from your electronics, they may need to be recycled separately

    • https://www.epa.gov/recycle/electronics-donation-and-recycling

  • Organizations that accept electronic donations

    • The Make-A-Wish Foundation

    • “The Make-A-Wish Foundation accepts new and used computers, gaming consoles, and MP3 players. Donated electronics are given to hospitalized children to help make their hospital stay more comfortable. You can either ship your items or arrange a drop-off with a local chapter through the Make-A-Wish Foundation website.”

    • https://wish.org/ways-to-help/giving

  • Goodwill 

    • “Dallas-area Goodwill participates in Reconnect, a free computer-recycling program. Drop off used equipment at participating Goodwill donation centers. You’ll get a receipt for tax purposes.”

Auction Electronics 

Findings: When dealing with electronic waste best practices are to recycle through trusted recycling plants that will recover the natural resources in those electronics as well as safely discard hazardous materials. If equipment is still operational, donation can be an option but measures must be put in place to remove any information from former usage. Selling electronics to 3rd party vendors are not a recommended method for business electronics. According to consumerreports.org “These buyback services services tend to shell out the biggest bucks for popular devices that fit neatly into a cardboard box. Think smartphones made by companies such as Apple and Samsung. Buyback companies are far less open to old TVs, cameras, printers, and sound bars. Laptops not made by Apple don’t tend to fetch big sums, either.”  


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