In February 2006, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources organized an Electronic Scrap Stakeholder Workgroup to get input on what direction Missouri should take to manage e-scrap. A partnership evolved that includes private, public and nonprofit recyclers, federal, state and local governments, manufacturers, environmental groups and retail organizations. The group decided its goal was to put in place a framework for reusing, recycling and disposing e-scrap in Missouri in an economically sustainable fashion without threatening the environment. This partnership developed a three pronged strategy called e-cycle Missouri:
- Missouri E-cycling Standards, also known as MOEST - A set of Best Management Practices for electronic equipment recyclers and demanufacturers to help make sure these services protect the environment.
- Voluntary Tiered Registration Levels - To promote the adoption of MOEST by companies that collect and process e-scrap, four levels of registration were created. Each level represents an increasing commitment to follow MOEST and adopt additional environmental controls. Individuals or businesses can confidently choose a recycler at the registration level that best meets their needs.
- Education and Outreach - Raising public awareness of the environmental impacts associated with discarded electronics is a key part of the e-cycle Missouri education and outreach activities. These efforts also include the how and where part of the equation by providing this website.