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Electronic Waste (e-waste)


Office electronics including computers, tablets, printers, flash drives, CD/DVD drives, small IT equipment, and mobile phones, may contain hazardous, as well as valuable and recoverable materials. When electronics have reached the end of their useful life, or a user is ready to discard them, they become electronic waste. To protect human health and the environment, some states have enacted legislation establishing statewide electronic waste, or e-waste, recycling programs. Batteries may also be included in e-waste recycling programs. Lighting, electronics and toner/ink cartridge manufacturers may take back or buy back used products. Federally owned electronics must go through a proper review before disposal. Depending upon age and condition, first look for options to reuse or refurbish unwanted electronics (see Library and Office Materials). Alternatively, seek certified electronic recyclers to manage electronics at the end of their life. For e-waste disposal regulations and certified recyclers, contact GSA’s Personal Property Management Officesopens in new window (www.gsa.gov/property), state and local environmental authorities, and R2non government site opens in new window- or e-Stewardsnon government site opens in new window-certified recyclers.