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Northeast Recycling Council: How to Setup an Electronic and Computer E-Scrap Recycling Business
Used electronics recycling has become a growing concern for municipal and regional solid waste programs. The primary goal of this manual is to provide managers of these programs and other local officials with the basic tools to set up and operate effective electronics recycling/reuse programs by learning from the experiences of their peers. In order to provide this base of experience, a national survey of existing electronics recycling/reuse programs was conducted. The results of that survey and the experience of recycling coordinators and other recycling professionals provided the foundation for this document.
Because of the national need to learn from the limited experience that exists in the United States, this project enjoyed support from the Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, and Regions 1, 2, 4, 8 & 9. This document is not region specific, but is applicable to anyplace in the U.S. It is being written in conjunction with the development of training workshops.
The second goal of this manual is to help empower the creation of more electronics recycling/reuse programs around the country, and thereby stimulate a reliable and predictable source of used electronics, which will lead to more used electronics recycling and reuse market development. As recycling markets expand and become more profitable, we can anticipate that the cost to recycle cathode ray tubes will decrease, and in time there might even be a positive value.
At the same time that this manual is being written (September - October 2001), a national effort is unfolding to develop a system of product stewardship for computers and televisions. The "National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative" (NEPSI), is a coalition of governments (federal, state, local, and regional), manufacturers of computers, televisions and other consumer electronics, retailers, software manufacturers, non-profits and public policy groups, attempting to create a strategy for shared responsibility between government and industry in the end-of-life management of electronics.
The NEPSI process is scheduled to be completed in mid-2002, a likely result of which will be the additional availability of manufacturer and retailer recycling and take-back programs. It is not expected that these programs will completely replace government collection programs - however we can look forward to more end-of-life options and partnerships between government, manufacturers and retailers.
Cover Page (130K)
Section 1 (1.6MB)
Section 2 - Considerations For Any Collection Model (2.1MB)
Section 3 - Getting Specific (2.7MB)
Section 4 - Appendices
Part 1 (200KB)
Part 2 (16K)
Part 3 (32K)
Part 4 (88K)
Part 5 (21K)
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