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June 26, 2014

A New Electronic Recycling Rule Proposed

The General Services Administration has a new electronic recycling rule proposed which would apply to the U.S. Federal Government that could potentially greatly reduce e-waste generated by the latter party.

According to Leon Kaye of TriplePundit.com, “The U.S. federal government is the nation’s largest consumer and disposer of electronics. Considering the number of federal employees–about 2.7 million at last count, not including the military or courts—U.S. government employees contribute to a massive portion to the approximate 2.4 million tons of electronic waste that is discarded annually.”

This new electronic recycling rule proposed by the GSA would not allow for the incineration or disposing of e-waste into landfills, instead opting for reuse of the electronics. Kaye states that “agencies will have to make every effort to offer unwanted electronic equipment to other federal government offices. Failing that, such products would then be donated to local and state governments, schools, or non-profits.”fed gov recycling

In the case that the electronics are unable to be reused or donated, they will be sent on to be recycled only by companies certified by R2 (Responsible Recycling) and e-Stewards.

Vintage Tech is proud to be one of those few dually certified companies that can recycle for government offices and our erasure tool is the only software on the market that is government-approved. You definitely do not need to be a government official to recycle electronics with us! Give us a call at (877) 625-7945 to find a collection site near you. We also have a number of electronics recycling events throughout the year so be sure to find us on Facebook and Twitter to see when we’ll be in your neighborhood!