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:
- Does the recycling facility have a DEP/EPA Identification Number?
- What kind of insurance does the recycling facility have?
- Where exactly does your electronic scrap end up?
- 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.