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Recommendations for businesses, institutions, governmental entities and other organizations procuring electronic scrap recycling services

There are numerous electronics recycling companies that offer a wide range of recycling services and different levels of expertise to different types of businesses, organizations or individuals. How do you pick one that meets your needs? Even though at this time the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has no specific requirement for electronics recyclers, we recommend that you choose a recycler that has a third party certification. If you opt to select an electronics recycler without that certification, we strongly recommend that the following four issues be taken into consideration:

  1. Does the recycling facility have a DEP/EPA Identification Number?
  2. What kind of insurance does the recycling facility have?
  3. Where exactly does your electronic scrap end up?
  4. How does the recycler ensure that the data on your electronic scrap is destroyed?

Evaluating these issues not only protects the environment but also helps protect your company or organization from becoming the victim of illegal disposal of electronics in landfills or common areas (dumping) and improper recycling in the US or foreign countries. There are US and international regulations governing the export of scrap electronics that must be complied with.

Follow this link from EPA for some tips about choosing a responsible recycler.

See DEP’s detailed recommendations.

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Last updated: November 04, 2016

Permitting and Compliance Assistance Program #850-245-8705 MS #4565


Division of Waste Management #850-245-8705 MS #4500
2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

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