FAQ’s


What does MER do with the e-waste it collects?
Does MER export any CRTs overseas?
What regulations apply to e-waste and electronic recycling?
What kind of electronic equipment does MER accept?
Why is a recycling fee charged for some electronic equipment?
Does MER pick up equipment?
What kind of volume can MER handle?
What is the difference between a Certificate of Recycling and a Certificate of Destruction?
Does MER offer asset management or inventory services?
Can I buy computer equipment or components from MER?
Where is Midwest Electronic Recovery Located?

What does MER do with all the e-waste it collects?

The mission Midwest Electronic Recovery adheres to in handling e-waste is simple: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The e-waste that enters the doors of MER’s four-building three-acre, 40,000 square foot facility has one of two futures: Either it is refurbished for resale as computer or electronic equipment or it is de-manufactured for transportation to an industrial recycling facility for material reclamation. Click here for more information regarding MER’s processing techniques.

Does MER export any CRTs overseas?

No. Midwest Electronic Recovery is strongly against shipping CRTs overseas or to third-world countries where slack environmental regulations allow for harmful processing techniques to be used. Click here to learn more about MER’s recycling policy.

What regulations apply to e-waste and electronic recycling?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not regulate how large businesses and institutions dispose of high-volumes of e-waste, but there are very few states with comprehensive e-waste or electronic recycling regulations in place, though many do have legislation pending or in the works. Midwest Electronic Recovery is in 100% compliance with EPA regulations, and not only follows Iowa Department of Natural Resources guidelines, but is also a member of the IDNR’s Electronics Recycling Administrative Rules Advisory Committee. Click here for more information about e-waste and electronic recycling regulations.

What happens to the information stored on the computers that MER collects?

MER guarantees complete data destruction and has a level of service to meet any customer’s demands, from a simple reformat to a low-level wipe to physically destroying the storage media. Click here for more information about MER’s data security services.

What kind of electronic equipment does MER accept?

Essentially, if it has a circuit board, MER can recycle it. The majority of our work is with computer equipment, but MER specializes in recycling cathode ray tubes (CRTs) found in televisions.

Does MER pay for computer or electronic equipment?

MER does not pay for the majority of the equipment collected, and some items, such as monitors, televisions, and printers, have a fee. There are situations, however, depending on the equipment that is being collected, that payment may be coordinated through MER’s parent company, Midwest Computer Brokers. Contact MER for more information or click here for MER’s pricing structure.

Does MER pick up equipment?

Yes. Midwest Electronic Recovery will make on-site pickups of large volumes of equipment. MER can also provide services and materials to prepare equipment for transportation. Click here for more information about MER’s transportation options.

What kind of volume can MER handle?

Midwest Electronic Recovery can handle everything from a single television to multiple semi-loads of miscellaneous computer equipment. MER can provide recycling services for the largest of businesses or communities, yet can also provide personal attention to  individuals.

What is the difference between a Certificate of Recycling and a Certificate of Destruction?

A certificate of Recycling guarantees that the equipment collected from you or your company has been recycled – which means it may be refurbished and resold as computer equipment or parts. A certificate of Destruction guarantees that the equipment has been de-manufactured for material reclamation and will not be resold as computer equipment. Both methods are compliant with federal and local regulations.

Does MER offer asset management or inventory services?

Yes. Midwest Electronic Recovery understands that our customers demand a reliable asset management service. Upon request, MER can record and provide equipment serial numbers, remove and return company asset tags or labels, plus provide an itemized list of the equipment collected and processed.

Can I buy computer equipment or components from MER?

Yes, but the sale of all refurbished equipment is handled through MER’s parent company, Midwest Computer Brokers. Click here to go to their website.

Where is Midwest Electronic Recovery Located?

Midwest has two convenient locations in Iowa. Our Walford office and processing facility is located at 100 Third Street North in Walford and our central Iowa satellite facility is at 7420 University Avenue in Clive. Both facilities are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Click here for a map and directions.