Frequently Asked Questions for Environmental Regulations
- “In Colorado, electronics have been classified as Universal Waste. What does this mean?”
The Universal Waste designation is for recyclable materials with hazardous components that are “commonly” generated by homeowners, businesses and institutions. Currently, batteries, fluorescent lamps, and mercury thermostats/switches are under the Universal Waste classification with the Federal EPA. All the states are required to adopt these items at a minimum and Colorado has added electronics to this list. Luminous Electronics Recycling Inc (LERI) offers transportation and recycling services in accordance with federal and local legislation.
- “CRT disposal in landfills has been banned by most states? How can I dispose of them correctly?”
A Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) contains a lead-based glass vacuum tube, found in monitors and TVs. Businesses and Institutions can dispose of computer equipment containing CRTs by sending them to a recycling facility for proper material management.
For additional information on state and federal laws pertaining to electronics recycling and the secure destruction of sensitive information please go to “Government Links” under our “Resources” navigation link.