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Smart Sectors

Electronics and Technology Sector Information

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Federal Communications Commission, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Energy and EPA are the primary agencies that regulate the electronics and technology industry. The following links are intended to help Smart Sectors partners and the public learn more about how EPA works with the electronics and technology sector.

EPA basic regulatory information

Voluntary program and other resources

  • ENERGY STAR — EPA’s ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program that helps businesses and consumers save energy and money.
  • Safer Choice — Products with EPA’s Safer Choice label help consumers and commercial buyers identify products with safer chemical ingredients.
  • SmartWay Transport — EPA’s SmartWay Transport program helps companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking, and improving freight transportation efficiency. Any company or organization that ships, manages, or hauls freight in its operations can become an EPA SmartWay Partner.
  • Sustainable management of electronics — Sustainable electronics management involves reusing and donating electronics, recycling electronics, and purchasing equipment that was designed with environmentally preferable attributes.
  • Sustainable Materials Management Prioritization Tools — Free, life cycle-based tools that offer a starting place to establish priorities for environmental improvement, focus limited financial and human resources where action could offer greater holistic benefit, and consider key industries for collaboration.

  • The Thermostat Recycling CorporationExitprovides a handy search tool for finding the nearest mercury-containing thermostat collection center to you. Old thermostats that contain mercury are unlikely to break or leak mercury while in use, but they must be properly disposed of when they are replaced.