West Virginia E-waste Law
West Virginia Governor Manchin approved SB 746 (Facemyer) in April 1, 2008. This bill requires manufacturers to develop recycling programs and implement takeback programs by July 1, 2009. Manufacturers pay registration fees into a state fund, which is used to reimburse counties and municipalities for recycling programs and administrative costs. WV already had many regional and city recycling programs in place prior to the passage of SB 746.
All manufactures of computers, monitors, televisions and video display devices 4" or larger must register with the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) by January 1, 2009.
Manufactures who market covered electronic devices in West Virginia are required to pay a registration fee, to set up a take-back program, (either through a mail in program, a collection events program or a collection center) and to pay a yearly fee. Both manufactures and retailers are penalized for selling goods in the state without proper manufacture registration. All fees, fines and penalties are to be deposited into the "Covered Electronic Devices Takeback Fund," which will be administered by the Secretary of the DEP and used for recycling grants for counties and municipalities for recycling and other programs that divert covered electronic devices from West Virginia's wastestream.
SB 398 was signed into law on March 20, 2010. This law prohibits landfill disposal of televisions, monitors, and computers as of January 2011. West Virginia is the 15th state to enact a statewide landfill ban or disposal prohibition that covers one or more electronic devices.