rules-and-regulations-275pxGovernment Hazardous Waste Regulations

State and Federal environmental agencies have determined that certain non-working and obsolete electronic products must be treated as hazardous waste if intended for disposal. Monitors and terminals contain from 4 to 8 pounds of lead, and fail the TCLP test for toxicity. Circuit boards in electronic products contain lead solder, mercury, and cadmium which also often fail the TCLP test. These items should be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.


The key points of most state and federal regulations are:

  • All non-working /obsolete computer products should be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.
  • Monitors and terminals are always a hazardous waste (or household hazardous waste, if from household use).
  • Other components of a computer system (e.g., circuit boards, keyboards, mice, printers) could be hazardous depending on their lead, mercury, or cadmium content, which can vary from product to product and even from production run to production run.
  • The generator continues to be responsible for product improperly disposed of through non-recycling channels.
  • Donated equipment must be operational and for continued use.
  • Storage for over 90-180 days may be a violation.
  • Substantial penalties may apply for non-compliance.

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