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Dec 3- WI - E-Cycle Wisconsin Update

Wisconsin's E-waste Law, signed last year, seems to be showing positive results. The collection volumes for the initial half of the program year shows 9,567,000 pounds of e-waste was recycled during this period.  Among the devices covered by the law are computers, printers, video displays, computer peripherals, fax machines, DVD players, and cell phones.

According to Mark Brown, facility manager for the Brown County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, the plant has seen dramatic increases in the amount of electronics recycled, from up to 15,000 pounds per month before the new law took effect to up to 50,000 pounds per month since.

The law also prohibited electronics from being disposed of in landfills beginning in September, 2010.

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Dec 2 - MN - Minnesota Releases Evaluation on E-waste Program

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency just released a evaluation report on Minnesota's E-waste program, which includes recommendations for changes to make the program more effective. The Minnesota Electronics Recycling Act went into effect in 2007.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments on the report's recommendations section by December 30, 2010.

Read the 17-page report.

Pennsylvania E-waste Law

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell just signed HB 708, which establishes a statewide Extended Producer Responsibility program intended to recover televisions and computer devices, on November 23, 2010 and will take effect on Jan 23, 2011.

Details
Manufacturers of covered products must register with Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth and pay a registration fee of $5000, and renew annually thereafter. They must also establish, conduct and manage a plan to collect, transport and recycle their covered devices. Television and computer manufacturers are responsible for their market share. The recycling program is intended for consumers using covered devices for personal or home business use. This law goes into effect 60 days after the Governor's signature.

Disposal Ban

Disposal ban goes into effect on Jan 23, 2013.

Covered Devices: televisions and computer devices including include hard drives, monitors, keyboards, mice and printers
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Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth
 

Nov 24 - PA - Pennsylvania Gov. Signs E-waste Bill into Law

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has signed HB 708 into law, making PA the 24th state to adopt an electronics recycling program.

HB 708, "Covered Device Recycling Act," requires e-waste manufacturers to collect, transport and recycle their electronic equipment. Covered devices include televisions and computer devices including include hard drives, monitors, keyboards, mice and printers. Manufacturers will be required to submit plans to the Department of Environmental Protection for review and approval. The plan collection accounting, transportation and recycling of the devices they produce and sell in Pennsylvania.

HB 708 encourages the reuse of electronic equipment and the recovery of metals and valuable resources. It includes a ban on e-waste disposal in landfills to be implemented two years after the legislation takes effect. Passing the e-waste bill will create green jobs and expand recycling businesses in Pennsylvania. There is no additional cost paid by consumers.

Thank you to everyone who sent in a support letter!

See other states that passed an E-waste law this year:

 

Nov 16 - PA - House Passes Penn's E-waste Bill

Pennsylvania House of Representatives concurred with the Senate amendments for HB 708, the Covered Device Recycling Act. Next, it will go to the governor for a signature or veto.

This bill would establishes an extended producer responsibility-based recovery/take-back program for the following consumer electronic devices: computer monitors, desktop and notebook computers, and televisions.

Recycling e-waste responsibly has many economic and environmental benefits.  Such benefits include creating new jobs, conserving landfill space, recovering valuable precious metals, and protecting public health and water quality.

 

Take Action!

Take Action! Send a letter to the Governor supporting HB 708.

Nov 15 - Obama's Announces New E-Waste Task Force

In honor of America Recycles Day, President Obama signed a proclamation creating an e-waste task force comprised of the Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the General Services Administration. This new interagency task force is charged with developing a national strategy for responsible electronics stewardship, including improvements to federal procedures for managing electronic products.

According to President Obama:

While we can celebrate the breadth of our successes on America Recycles Day, we must also recommit to building upon this progress and to drawing attention to further developments, including the recycling of electronic products. The increased use of electronics and technology in our homes and society brings the challenge of protecting human health and the environment from potentially harmful effects of the improper handling and disposal of these products.

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Nov 12 - PA - There's Hope Yet for Penn E-waste Bill

HB 708 Covered Device Recycling Act by  Rep. Chris Ross, R-East Marlborough will be up for a vote in the House of Representatives next week. The state house had initially decided to cancel the final two weeks of voting for this session.

The bill would establish an extended producer responsibility-based recovery/take-back program for the following consumer electronic devices: computer monitors, desktop and notebook computers, and televisions.  The measure also bans e-waste from being dumped in landfills.

Nov 9 - Electronics: Designed for the Dump!?

From the creator of the The Story of Stuff,  Annie Leonard takes on the electronics industry’s  "design for the dump" mentality and emphasizes on the need to "make them[electronics] safe, make them last, and take them back".

The 8-minute video was co-produced with the Electronics TakeBack Coalition – a national coalition of environmental and public health organizations and Free Range Studios. The Story of Electronics adheres to the stick figure drawings in the Story of Stuff to tell the story of the "planned obsolescence" that products designed to be replaced as quickly as possible – and its often hidden consequences for workers, the environment and us.

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Federal E-waste Campaign

National E-waste Campaign: HR 6252

Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2010
Summary:  prohibits the export of “restricted electronic waste” from the U.S. to developing nations. 
Status: : Introduced on Sept 29, 2010. Referred to House Energy and Commerce.
Details: This measure would add a new section to the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act laws establishing a new category of "restricted electronic waste" which cannot be exported from the U.S. to developing nations. This bill will allow some exceptions for exports of tested and working parts and products.
Covered electronic equipment’ includes:
Used computers, central processing units, mobile computers (including notebooks, netbooks, tablets, and e-book readers); computer accessories including input devices, webcams, speakers; data storage devices, servers; monitors, televisions, digital picture frames, and other video display devices; digital imaging devices (including printers, copiers, facsimile machines, image scanners and multifunction machines), television peripheral devices including video cassette recorders, DVD players, video game systems, game controllers, signal converter boxes, cable and satellite receivers; digital cameras and projectors; digital audio players, telephones and electronic communication equipment; networking devices including routers; network cards, modems; and hubs; audio equipment; other wireless communication devices including cell phones, mobile television and entertainment devices, personal digital assistants; portable GPS navigation systems; and other used electronic products the EPA determines to be similar.

Nov 1 - NJ - DEP Soliciting Comments on Proposed E-scrap Rule

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is soliciting comments on rules the department has drafted for development of a statewide system of recycling of computers and TVs generated as waste by consumers.

The Electronic Waste Management Act bans the disposal of televisions and all personal or portable computers in the landfill, starting Jan. 1, 2011. It requires manufacturers of these devices to establish and finance a free system for collecting and recycling this waste, known as electronic waste or e-waste.

The DEP has proposed draft regulations that set up a registration system for manufacturers of electronic devices covered by the law as well as the requirements for the development of required manufacturer collection and recycling plans.

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