Missouri e-cycling standards / events
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State Electronics Challenge
The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) encourages state, tribal, regional, and local governments, including schools and other public entities, to responsibly manage office equipment, by:
Learn more about the Challenge, its program goals, and how it can help you succeed.
If e-scrap is not properly managed, information from hard drives and computer chips can be recovered and used. Around the world, criminals have obtained information on credit cards, financial accounts, and other sensitive information and used it to their profit.
Standards have been developed to ensure data security computer media (NIST 800-88: US standard for Data Remenance) and professional organizations, such as the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) promote destruction industry standards and ethics of its members.
Though hard drives can be erased, the typical process for computer recycling secures the hard drive until it can be shredded and the material recycled. Whenever you dispose of electronics, insist on documented guarantees for data security. Reputable recyclers will offer this.
E-scrap environment and human rights
Electronic products often contain hazardous materials, including lead, mercury, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants. These materials accumulate in the environment and are responsible for irreversible health effects in humans, wildlife, plants and microorganisms. To protect the environment, escrap should always be recycled by a reputable, certified recycler.
Electronic scrap from the US is sometimes shipped to developing countries. International policies prevent dumping of escrap in poor countries, but dismantling and recycling with little or no regulatory oversight is common practice, and leads to contamination of the workers, their families and communities. "E Stewards" and "R2 Certified" companies guarantee the materials they accept will be handled responsibly. Click on to find the nearest E Steward recycler or link to R2's website.
Finally many electronics use "conflict metals," or minerals that are mined in countries where atrocious civil rights violations occur. Recycling these metals eliminates the need for mining -- and the financial support for brutal wars that have killed millions of people.
Act locally; think globally!
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