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Federal Hazardous Waste Management Regulations for Electronics

See: eCycling regulations leaving NYCWasteLess at US Environmental Protection Agency

Law: US Code leaving NYCWasteLess (Search for Title 42, Chapter 82, Subchapter III: Hazardous Waste Management)

Regulations: US Code of Federal Regulations leaving NYCWasteLess (See Title 40, Part 261, Subpart E, Sections 39, 40 and 41)

Summary: US EPA streamlines the handling of used CRTs in order to promote increased collection and recycling of these items, and the release of lead from them is very low. Under these regulations used unbroken CRTs are not regulated as hazardous waste as long as they are not stored for more than one year.

Used broken CRTs are also not regulated as hazardous waste as long as the following conditions are met:

  • CRT containers are labeled concerning contents;
  • Stored and transported in containers that minimize releases; and
  • Stored on site for less than one year.

In addition, used circuit boards are also exempt from federal hazardous waste rules as explained below:

  • Whole used circuit boards that are recycled are considered scrap metal.
  • Shredded circuit boards are excluded if they are containerized and do not contain mercury switches, mercury relays, nickel cadmium or lithium batteries.

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