Most businesses have electronic waste, or e-waste. Managing many types of e-waste is easier when you recycle them properly. Do you have any of these common e-wastes at your facility?
- Computer monitors
- Portable or laptop computers, including tablets
Recycling these wastes reduces dangerous chemicals in landfills and our environment. E-waste that is generated, transported, collected, accumulated, dismantled, and recycled does not:
- Count as a dangerous waste.
- Affect generator status.
- Require a manifest when transported off site (although applicable Department of Transportation requirements for transporting hazardous materials still apply).
To qualify for these benefits, recycle your electronic waste under the Interim Enforcement Policy. Generators, transporters, and facilities who want to use this policy should read the Interim Enforcement Policy For Conditional Exclusion for Electronic Wastes. This does not include cathode ray tubes (CRTs) — see below for guidance.
Use the 1-800-RECYCLE online database to find an electronics recycler. Confirm that the recycler accepts business waste before you give your e-waste to them.
E-Cycle Washington is a free program that makes it easy for Washington small businesses with fewer than 50 employees to recycle used electronics.
If your business is a medium or large quantity generator, and you need to recycle e-waste, follow the Interim Enforcement Policy (this does not include cathode ray tubes). The policy applies to medium and large quantity generators. Most small quantity generators won't benefit from the policy, but may choose to follow it.
Monitors and TVs with cathode ray tubes
Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) are found in older televisions and monitors. They contain large amounts of lead and other heavy metals. In order to encourage recycling, these wastes are conditionally excluded from dangerous waste regulations and do not affect your generator status. Manage your CRT waste by following WAC 173-303-071(3)(oo).
Label CRT waste
Keep cathode ray tube (CRT) waste safely indoors. Label each container with either:
- "Used cathode ray tubes — contains leaded glass."
- "Leaded glass from televisions or computers" and "Do not mix with other glass materials."