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Tips for Recycling: State Electronics Challenge (SEC)

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) launched the State Electronics Challenge in 2008 to promote responsible use and disposal of electronics by government agencies. The following is from NERC’s SEC web page:





Collectively, state and local government purchase several billions of dollars worth of technology equipment annually, and has the  opportunity to provide leadership in the environmentally sound and cost  effective management of electronic assets.

The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) is a  voluntary program that encourages state, tribal, regional, and local governments,  including schools and other public entities, to:

    • Reduce the impacts of electronic products during use.
    • Purchase greener electronic products.
    • Manage obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe way.

The SEC provides resources to help state,  tribal, regional, and local government and agencies to become leaders and face the new challenges posed by the electronics waste stream.

The SEC is modeled after the very successful Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC), which was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection  Agency and the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive.

State Electronics Challenge Sponsors

Sponsors of the Challenge  help bring the program resources to state, regional, tribal, and local governments. The Northeast Recycling Council is seeking commitments from companies and organizations that want to distinguish themselves as entities that support environmental sustainability through EPEAT procurement, responsible recycling, and energy conservation.

Distinguished Sponsor


Sustaining Sponsors

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.

R2 Rios

Sims Recycling Solutions


Consumer Electronics Association

Metech Recycling

For more information about becoming a sponsor, go to SEC’s sponsor information page.

SEC Also Acknowledges the Support of . . . 


U.S. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Learn more about the State Electronics Challenge at their official website: http://www.stateelectronicschallenge.net/

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