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Pollution Prevention (P2): Recycling Electronics Responsibly

Are you wondering what to do with your old electronics? America's growing use of electronics has created a new environmental challenge: electronic waste, or e-waste.

What is Considered E-waste?

The following unusable electronics are considered e-waste:

What's the Problem?


  1. Electronics TakeBack Coalition
  2. Electronic Waste Management in the United States, Approach 1, Table 3.1 EPA530-R-08-009 US Environmental Protection Agency, July 2008. Available
  3. Electronic TakeBack Coalition and Basel Action Network

What are the Options for Safely Recycling My Electronics?

Choose a Responsible Recycler

EPA's Certification Programs for Electronics Recyclers Web site provides information on two accredited certification standards for electronics recycling: the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) and the e-Stewards® standards.

The R2 Solutions organization reaches out to customers of electronic recyclers, providing them with information about the benefits of partnering with R2-certified e-recyclers. The organization is also a resource for recyclers, providing them with information about the benefits of being R2 certified.

The e-Steward Certification program is a new certification program that was developed by a group of North American electronics recyclers in association with The Basel Action Network (BAN) and the Electronics TakeBack Coalition. The e-Steward certification program is an independently audited and accredited electronic waste recycler certification program that forbids the dumping of toxic e-waste in developing countries, local landfills and incinerators; the use of prison labor; and the unauthorized release of private data.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has developed the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) certification that establishes best management practices for the industry.

Questions to Ask Potential Recyclers

If you want to use a local recycler but are unsure of their recycling policies, use the Electronic Industries Alliance's checklist to help determine if your devices will be handled responsibly.

How Can I Be a Responsible Consumer?

How to Buy Greener Electronics

Greater awareness about the end-of-life issues with electronics has resulted in the development of tools, such as EPA's Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), to help purchasers evaluate laptops, desktop computers, and monitors using environmental standards, such as Environmentally Sensitive Materials, Materials Selection, Design for End-of-Life, Product Longevity, Energy Use, End-of-Life Management, Packaging, and Corporate Performance.

Manufacturer TakeBack Programs

Keep in mind the end-of-life costs when you are shopping for electronics. Some manufacturers are offering TakeBack programs that provide "cradle to grave" management for their products which includes taking back and recycling their products. TakeBack programs create an incentive to the manufacturers to design for recycling, increase the use of recycled materials, and decrease the use of toxic materials. The Electronics TakeBack Coalition provides a list of manufacturers that offer TakeBack programs; just click on "Corporate Responsibility." The Electronics TakeBack Coalition is a national coalition of organizations promoting sustainable and responsible practices throughout the electronics industry.

What Businesses Recycle Electronics in Utah?

The following list of Utah electronics recyclers is provided as a courtesy and not as an endorsement nor a recommendation by the Department of Environmental Quality's Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste.

Electronics Recyclers

A&D Computer Recycling and Metals
PO Box 651645
South Salt Lake City, Utah 84165
Contact: Devin Keith
Phone: 801-638-0708

Electronic Recycling Solutions
135 S. Lodestone Way, STE4
Tooele, Utah 84074
Phone: 435-494-1377
Contact: Scott Campbell
Phone: 801-821-6446

1499 South 700 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Contact: Bill Bailey
Phone: 801-908-7008
Mobile: 801-913-7526

Lucency Corporation
1875 West 1500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104-3801
Phone: 801-364-4733

Metech Recycling *
2350 West Bridger Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Contact: Scott Kay
Phone: 801-946-7589
Metech Recycling has the State of Utah contract for electronics recycling; number MA2029. (To view the contract, scroll down to MA2029, click on View.)

Recycle Solutions
2066 West 2300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Phone 801-590-8847

SBK Recycle
3560 South 647 West, #3
Salt Lake City, Utah 84119
Phone: 801-973-1025

Sims Metal Management
3260 West 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Location 2: 840 North Industrial Park Road
Orem, Utah 84057
Contact: Kassi Madsen
Phone: 801-954-8888

Stone Castle Recycling
1499 South 700 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
Phone: 801-977-5599 | Toll Free: 1-866-731-9444 | Fax: 801-731-2914

TAM Solutions
400 North Geneva Road, Unit D
Lindon, Utah 84042
Contacts: Jason Dye, Brad Morley, or Curtis Nelson
Phone: 801-796-1696 | Fax: 801-406-0034

Utah Tech Recovery
2950 West 500 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
Contact: Douglas Fisher

Virgin Valley Recycling
526 South Commerce, Suite 102
Hurricane, Utah 84737
Contact: Nickie Heying
Phone: 435-705-8827

Waste Management of Utah
2433 South 2050 West
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: 801-731-5052

Waste Management of Utah
8652 South 4000 West
West Jordan, UT 84088
Phone: 888-496-8824

Waste Management of Utah
1177 South 1580 West
Orem, UT 84058
Phone: 801-226-6215

*e-Steward Certified

Endorsement Disclaimer

Reference to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or to any trade, firm, or corporation is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Utah, or its officers, employees or agents. Any list of organizations providing services that may be of interest to the public is not intended to be a complete list and is not regularly updated.

For more information on Electronics Recycling, please contact :

Pat Sheehan
Environmental Scientist
DEQ, Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste
Phone: 801-536-0248

Contact Paul Harding (801-536-4108) for further information on the content of this page.