Referred to by State and Federal regulatory agencies as commercial entities who accumulate/generate E-Waste in any quantity are classified as Generators (in Maine specifically - Universal Electronic Waste Generators).  Generators can fall in one of two categories - Large Volume Generators (generators of more than 2000 lbs of surplus electronics per year*) and Small Volume Generators (those who generate less than large generators).  Entities in the large category are required to register the facility where these material

Electronic Waste: Refers to unwanted or surplus electronic devices; Also referred to as 'Universal Hazardous Waste' by regulatory agencies.  Definitions vary from state to state but largely most electronic devices that are not new in original packaging, are unwanted, in storage (not in use) or considered obsolete or surplus are classified as Universal Electronic Hazardous Wastes and must be managed using practices mandated by state and federal guidelines.*

The short answer is Yes!
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No. We screen our downstream scrap materials processors to ensure that the materials will be processed in licensed North American facilities. Many legitimate processing options exist outside North America, but the difficulty in monitoring the environmental and human safety at these distant sites makes quality assurance tenuous at best - not to mention the many different international environmental standards. To provide the best transparency and materials accountability possible for our donors, we have held to this standard.

Our recording process is very thorough and designed not just for our own needs, but with the donor/clients needs as well.

Everything donated to eWaste Alternatives is stored at our processing facility in a secured area until receiving.  Our receiving process is much more detailed than others.  Every potentially sensitive device (cell phones, computers, storage arrays, smart network device etc) is screened for private data PRIOR to being tested.  The very first step in receiving is to inspect the device for data storage - in the case of a computer, we look for a hard disk drive.

Our unusually strong interest in reuse has lead to extraordinary reductions in destructive recycling (also reducing client processing costs).  Our recording process is maticulously detailed so we can analyze exactly how much we do reuse.  We call this analysis a 'Green Report' and copies are provided to the clients whose materials contributed to the results.  One of the most important objective results derived from these reports is a "reuse rate".

There are many International standards and terms that define the different recycling services out there, and as more rules are created, their definitions become more clear.  The explanations below explain the basic stereo-types based on how the respective operations work and include some very important facts that all ewaste generators should know before contracting a recycling service. 
There are 3 basic electronics recycling services:



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