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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV)
Date: Thu Jul 15 1999 - 15:30:20 EDT


Date: Thu, 15 Jul 1999 15:30:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Electronics recycling

July 15, 1999

The key issue with electronics is whether you are going to b a demanufacturer or a collector and demanufacturer. If the latter, you will want to locate near markets for your component goods. Total transport, demanufacturing, and disposal costs may overwhelm all other program costs and revenues. These costs relate to the variety of materials collected, local labor market, the distance required to transport materials to a demanufacturing facility or to a market or series of markets, and the disposal costs of unmarketable materials (on which you can count).
If you are going to extract precious metals from e.g. circuit boards, you will have to comply with reams of state and federal regulations.

In general, there are few other significant demographic/geographic key variables. I suggest that you read Analysis of 5 Community Consumer/Residential Collections End-of-life Electronic and Electrical Equipment by US EPA Region 1 Common Sense Initiative, April, 1999.

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