Electronics Stewardship

E-waste is one of the largest waste streams in the country. According to the most recent Environmental Protection Agency estimates, the nation recovered 1.27 million tons of consumer electronics, which is approximately a 40.4% recovery rate. Over recent years, this recovery rate has increased significantly, due to the emphasis and focus placed on this important activity, as well as improved reporting.

The Administration is committed to reducing e-waste and realizing efficiency by standardizing procedures across the government. E-waste is a significant opportunity for the federal government, the world's largest consumer of electronics. In 2009, the President issued Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance [PDF - 147 KB] which, among other things, called for the Federal community to promote electronics stewardship. The Administration also established an Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship (the Task Force) led by GSA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) [PDF - 28 KB] . The President charged the Task Force with developing a National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship [PDF - 576 KB] (the Strategy), which the Task Force released in 2011.

As recommended by the Strategy, GSA first issued FMR Bulletin B-34, Disposal of Federal Electronic Assets [PDF - 64 KB] regarding electronic stewardship. As a Bulletin, the provisions in that document are non-mandatory. GSA developed it in collaboration with our federal agency customers.

To develop mandatory policy for the use and disposal of electronics, GSA is planning to revise FMR 102-40 to include much of the content in Bulletin B-34.

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