Missouri e-cycle Standards for Best Management Practices

The Missouri e-cycle Standards, also known as MOEST, were developed to identify common sense strategies that define best management practices for collecting, processing and transporting e-scrap in Missouri that protects the environment. E-cycling businesses that adopt these standards are committed to the responsible management of end-of-life electronic equipment, components and materials. To confirm this commitment, a corporate officer or non-profit board member must sign a certification statement indicating the business uses MOEST as its standard operating procedure.

A. General Operations

  1. Follow all applicable environmental laws and regulations. This includes notification, permit and registration requirements, if applicable.
  2. Maintain documentation of environmental, safety and security audits by regulatory agencies.
  3. Maintain general liability insurance coverage. Make certificate copies available to upstream sources (generators/suppliers).
  4. Maintain and document a plan to close the facility.

B. Inventory Control

  1. Keep a detailed and complete inventory of all equipment coming in and the components and materials going out. This inventory should document the material that is being processed.
  2. Document the transfer of ownership of all electronic equipment, components and materials received.
  3. Provide documentation of tax-deductible donations of equipment (non-profit organizations), if applicable.
  4. Maintain a level of recycling at or above 90 percent.

C. Maximize Value, Minimize Risk

  1. Evaluate electronic equipment and components to determine their functional value, using the following hierarchy of management options, in order of preference:
    • Reuse.
    • Repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing.
    • Recovery of functional components.
    • Recycling of constituent materials.
  2. Remove components of concern such as fluorescent tubes, mercury-containing switches and relays, leaded glass and lithium and nickel-cadmium batteries before shredding equipment for recycling, unless excluded by environmental regulation.
  3. Audit downstream vendors in the chain of custody, both domestic and international, requiring documentation of regulatory compliance and responsible recycling and disposal of materials.

D. Responsible Export Practices

  1. Follow all applicable environmental laws and regulations, including country-specific import or export regulations.
  2. Maintain documentation for exports of electronic equipment and components from the United States, including:
    • Shipping manifests identifying the recipient and showing make, model and condition for all declared reuse items.
    • Any other information necessary to complete the export.
  3. Tested, working cathode ray tubes, electronic equipment and raw materials resulting from demanufacturing can be exported. All other electronic equipment is excluded from export except to countries that meet the following criteria:
    • Members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
    • Members of the European community.
    • Countries that have entered into an agreement with the United States that allow for such export.

E. Transportation Practices

Follow cathode ray tube regulations listed in the Code of Federal Regulations at 40 CFR 261.39 regarding transport, storage and labeling CRTs in transport.