Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, better known as EPEAT, is a partnership of the Environmental Protection Agency created in 2006. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a tool designed to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, laptops and monitors based on their environmental attributes with qualified product designations of bronze, silver, or gold.”

What many people fail to understand is that many of the electronics we use on a daily basis contain products that possess toxic constituents. Televisions, computer monitors and many of our other favorite electronics contain cadmium, mercury and lead, which are devastating to the environment when disposed of improperly. This e-waste is creating a new need to educate not only the people buying the products, but also the companies on proper and acceptable ways to recycle these products.

The Department of Legislative Services, Maryland General Assembly, 2012 Session stated, “This bill requires State agencies to purchase only electronic products that have either gold or silver ratings from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) or meet other nationally recognized and consensus-based standards approved by the Department of Information Technology (DoIT). Upon request, the Secretary of Information Technology may waive this requirement. The bill also requires that, beginning on October 1, 2014, a procurement contract for electronic recycling services must be awarded to a recycler that is R2 or e-Stewards certified, or that meets comparable standards that are approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), in consultation with the Department of General Services (DGS).”

The most obvious incentive EPEAT is providing to electronic makers is the incentive to earn more money by creating ‘Gold’ products and implementing buy-back/recycling programs, creating a greater desire for their products.

At Orlando Recycles, we can offer your office or business an incentive to earn more money as well.  We offer free electronics pickup services and also pay for many different kinds of electronics.  Call us today at (407)273-1395 to see if your business surplus and extra electronics in Orlando are eligible.