The Pennsylvania Senate has passed House Bill 708 with a 48-to-1 count.
HB 708 by Representative Ross establishes an extended producer responsibility-based take-back program for the recovery of desktop and notebook computers, computer monitors and televisions generated by residents.
Manufacturers of covered products must register with the state and create a take-back program, either independently or jointly with other producers. Television manufacturers would be responsible for recovering their market share portion, while computer manufacturers would be responsible for their return share portion. All fees generated through this program will be deposited into the state's Recycling Fund and used to fund program activities and outreach, as well as other Commonwealth-based recycling programs.
If enacted, the program would commence a full calendar year beginning on or after January 1, 2011.
The bill is now back in the house for a concurrence vote.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s Covered Electronic Devices (CED) Recycling Grant Program will be awarding 24 applicants with grant amounts totaling $233,587 for conducting electronic collection events and support ongoing collection programs.
Established in 2008 under the DEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP), West Virginia's CED Program requires that manufacturers pay registration fees into a state fund, which is used to reimburse counties and municipalities for recycling programs and administrative cost.
Learn more about West Virginia's E-waste program
U.S. Representatives Gene Green and Mike Thompson introduced H.R. 6252, the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2010 to promote electronics recycling and stop global dumping of e-waste generated in the U.S.
E-waste can contain toxic chemicals which present environmental and health concerns when not properly handled. In 2008, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that many of the developing nations who receive e-waste from the United States do not have the capacity or facilities to safely recycle and dispose of these used electronics.
The 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.
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HB 708, is a measure that 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. It has been amended and passed the Senate committee on 9/22.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has announced the agency’s international priorities at a meeting of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation she is attending in Guanajuato, Mexico.
"Cleaning up e-waste" is listed as one of the agency's six top international priorities.
The Government Accountability Office released a new report on ewaste, "Electronic Waste: Considerations for Promoting Environmentally Sound Reuse and Recycling" that addressed the management and trade of hazardous electronic wastes in the United States.
The report recommends the EPA to deal with the massive flows of U.S. e-waste. However, according to the Electronic TakeBack Coalition, it misses the mark in recommending that the EPA put forward legislation that would ratify the Basel Convention, without first prohibiting the export of hazardous electronic waste to developing countries.
A new U.S. law aims to ensure that electronic purchases are not helping fund wars in Congo and neighboring countries.
The provision -- tucked in the financial reform bill passed this week -- requires publicly-traded and electronic companies to reveal whether or not they use "conflict-free" minerals. Even though that means they can still use the materials, they have to be forthright in stating such, which will put a serious damper on any new product releases that have to state that they are using conflict minerals.
Companies have to certify where their minerals come from, what measures were put in place to ensure the source is not a conflict zone, and post the information on their company websites.
While this new law will help inform consumers on where their electronics are made from, the best way to reduce the use of conflict material is to prolong the life of your electronics, and to recycle or donate it once you no longer use it.
S 887 (.pdf), signed by the governor, replaces the e-waste program passed in 2007, gives manufacturers an additional month, until August 1, to register. In addition, computer manufacturers must file a recovery plan within 90 days of registration and submit a fee based on 3 varying levels of service provided in the plan. TV manufacturers do not file a plan, but must collect their brands and are responsible for collecting their market share percentage after 7/1/12.
A new bill may amend North Carolina's existing e-waste law to allow residents to dispose of their old computers as part of the curbside program.
An amended electronic waste bill that only needs the governor's signature assigns shared responsibility for recycling electronics to manufacturers and local governments. Either manufacturers can shoulder most of the burden of recycling their products or they can pay for local governments to do more of the heavy lifting for them.
Electronics contain potentially harmful materials like mercury. Unlike other recyclables, computers can require disassembly and are made of numerous materials. In a February study, the N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance estimated that there were almost 70,000 tons of electronic waste ready for disposal in North Carolina in 2007.
Currently, the state e-waste law bans the disposal of televisions and computers starting next year. The law also requires manufacturers to create a recycling plan, register with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and pay annual fees, which are distributed to local governments for recycling programs.
The main difference with the amendment is that it allows computer companies to choose from different tiered recycle plans. The more intensive the plan, the less expensive the annual fee that the company has to pay. For example, a company with a plan that includes a mail-back option and at least one waste collection site pays a $15,000 annual fee, but a company with a plan that includes collection sites in 50 counties only pays a $2,500 fee.
The bill also pushes back the disposal ban from January to July of next year.