Secure Data Output

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Electronic Waste (also known as E-waste)?

The definition of E-waste is any equipment, appliance, tooling, or other items that contain a printed circuit board or cathode ray tube (CRT). A business is generating E-waste if itís disposing of
  • Computers
  • Keyboards
  • Peripherals
  • Monitors
  • Mice
  • Scanners
  • Manufacturing control equipment
  • Cameras
  • Telephones

How can I tell if my device is considered Electronic Waste?

If your device, tool, or equipment likely contains a circuit board including the presence of a
  • Touch screen
  • Keypad
  • Any sort of video or digital display
  • Any common electronic ports or connectors, like
  • Serial
  • Parallel
  • RJ45 (Network)
  • USB plugs
Consider equipment having any one of these items as Electronic Waste until proven otherwise.

Is it illegal for a business to throw away Electronic Waste in Minnesota?

YES! The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) regulates all business E-waste under the Hazardous Waste Rules (Minn. Rules Chapter 7045). Businesses in the Twin Cities area may be subject to additional rules (Hennepin County Environmental Services).

Businesses that generate E-waste must ensure the following

  • RECYCLE at least 75% of the weight generated each year
  • Record keeping requirements and storage limits
  • Special indoor storage and container requirements
  • Special label and marking requirements
  • In some cases, need to obtain a Hazardous Waste Identification number (HWID)
  • Transportation rules and requirements