We offer data destruction and recycling services for large businesses, other recyclers, data centers. We pickup and process thousands of items each month in Sacramento, LA and Florida. From hard drives, to laptops, to entire data centers, we can manage your end of life equipment.
With worldwide collections centers, we can process your unwanted equipment no matter where it is.
Some companies will tell you that new laws have made it illegal to dispose of electronics in the landfill or incinerator, but it has been illegal since 1973, it was just not commonly known or enforced. The Resource Recovery Conservation and Recovery (RCRA) act of 1973 made it illegal (for a business) to dispose of a listed waste or a waste that exhibits a characteristic (four were listed, but toxicity is the one related to unwanted electronics). The test is called TCLP, the toxic characteristic leachate procedure simulates the landfill conditions of age, wear and weather on materials and assess their toxicity in the laboratory.
Since 1973, US law has prohibited the disposal of most all electronic equipment in municipal solid waste streams. In response the problems of Love Canal, NY, the US Congress passed RCRA, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that outlines what is hazardous waste and what is not. The act specifies what can and cannot be disposed of as normal waste by four methods, if the waste exhibit one or more of four characteristics:
Ignitable (Flashpoint <140 º F)
Corrosive (aqueous pH < 2 or > 12.5)
Reactive (normally unstable, undergoes violent changes without detonating, water reactive)
Or the important one with electronics, Toxic (exceeding the regulatory limits for contaminants under the TCLP or “7-11 test” analysis).
Each characteristic has a standard, a limit. Lead for example is set at 5 milligrams per liter when the shredded items are exposed to a light acid bath, (the TCLP standard) the resulting leachate needs to be less than 5 ppm. If it is greater than 5, the items cannot go to a landfill or incinerator and must be either disposed of as hazardous waste and may be recycled. So, even a keyboard, mostly plastic, can fail the TCLP and falls under this regulation, if not recycled. So, what is the conclusion for most electronic equipment? That if it is not recycled, it must be managed as hazardous waste at great expense.