Introduced Electronic Waste Legislation 2003-2004
As of 6/11/03
Compiled by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators

California* SB20 Enacts the Hazardous Electronic Waste Recovery, Reuse, and Recycling Act of 2003. Prohibits any person from selling a hazardous electronic device in this state to a consumer, unless the manufacturer establishes and implement a electronic device recovery system that is certified by a state board for the collection, handling, transportation, processing, recovery, reuse, and recycling of the hazardous electronic waste resulting from the devices sold by that manufacturer. The bill would require a manufacturer to notify the board of its intent to sell the hazardous electronic device and to prepare and submit to the board a hazardous electronic device recovery plan that meets specified standards. The state would set fees to be paid for by manufactures to carry out the Act and for manufactures that do not submit recovery plans. The fees would be used to provide recycling incentive payments to hazardous electronics material handlers and provide grants to local governments and nonprofit agencies for recycling, provide financial incentives to manufacturers to assist in the recycling, and to establish public information programs. Passed Senate; In Assembly

6/4/03

Connecticut HB6259 Establishes an "electronic recycling account" that is funded through a $10 fee collected by retailers when selling an electronic device. The monies in the account can be used to reimburse municipality electronic recycling programs. Requires state to develop e-waste recycling education, assist municipalities developing programs, and assist with recycling contracts. Requires report to the legislature. In Senate Finance and House Finance

4/8/03

Connecticut HB6269 An electronic device recycling fee of $10 is imposed upon the sale of any electronic device that contains a cathode ray tube, which fee shall be deposited in an electronics recycling trust account that shall be allocated to municipalities to fund recycling programs for such devices and to the Department of Environmental Protection for the administration of public education and local government assistance programs associated with the recycling of such devices. Introduced 1/28/03
Florida SB674 Provides for counties to establish programs for properly recycling or otherwise disposing of televisions, computer monitors, and other electronic equipment and components of such equipment. Requires retailers of such equipment to be responsible for accepting and handling such equipment when its purchasers return it for disposal. Imposes an advance-recycling fee of $10, collected by retailers and a waste disposal surcharge to be collected by counties to fund recycling and disposal programs. Withdrawn for further consideration

4/25/03

Hawaii SB29 Directs department of health to adopt rules to establish a cathode ray tube recycling program by 7/1/08. Passed House 2nd Reading

3/20/03

Illinois HB1165 Creates the Computer Equipment Disposal and Recycling Commission. Requires that the Commission (i) issue a report of its findings and recommendations related to the disposal and recycling of computer equipment on or before May 31, 2004 and (ii) beginning on May 31, 2005, evaluate the implementation of programs by the State relating to computer equipment disposal and recycling, and shall issue a report of its finding and recommendations on or before December 31, 2006. Effective immediately. Passed both Houses

5/15/03

Maine LD590* Beginning January 1, 2004, a person may not dispose of a cathode ray tube in a solid waste disposal facility and an owner or operator of a solid waste disposal facility may not accept a cathode ray tube for disposal. For purposes of this subsection, "cathode ray tube" means a video display component of televisions, computer displays, military and commercial radar and other display devices. Dead

Maine HP549 Each producer of electronic equipment sold must submit a plan for producer-financed collection, recovery and recycling of electronic waste. Plans must be submitted to, reviewed by and approved by the department. Law sets requirements for what must be in the plan. Producers are responsible for costs of the plans. Consumers must be able to return e-waste to producers free of charge. Requires phase out of hazardous materials used in electronic equipment. Sets labeling standards and bans the disposal and incineration of e-waste. Signed by Governor 5/14/03
Maryland* HB911 Prohibiting any person from disposing of a cathode ray tube (CRT) from a computer monitor or television in any location not designated by the Department of the Environment for the management and recycling of used CRTs on or after December 31, 2004; prohibiting any sanitary landfill, solid waste transfer station, or incinerator from accepting a CRT on or after that date; requiring the Office of Recycling to develop a method for the management and recycling of used CRTs; authorizing the Department to adopt regulations; etc.

Dead
Massachusetts HB1533 Prohibits the sale of computer products or other products that include cathode ray tubes until manufacturers implement plans for their convenient and accessible collection. Prohibits plans from imposing costs on municipalities, counties, or the commonwealth. Plans must include that manufacturers will implement a national collection system for by July 1, 2005. Requires plan to include consumer education. Bill authorizes manufactures to utilize or expand upon existing collection and recycling infrastructure and mandates justification for establishment of new recycling infrastructures. Sets reporting requirements and authorizes the department to assess fees to cover costs incurred for the preparation regulations, for the review of plans and other costs. Public Hearing 5/15/03
Massachusetts SB1269 In order to reduce the toxicity of the waste stream, each city and town in the Commonwealth is authorized and directed to establish a permanent local hazardous household products collection center for its residents. Among other prescribed items, the collection centers must also collect cathode ray tubes. Hearing

9/18/03

Michigan* HB4296

HB4297

By January 1, 2004, the state must convene a task force made up of representatives of electronic equipment, environmental organizations, businesses that handle electronic equipment, members of general public, and other interested persons. By June 1, 2005, the task force shall provide to the legislature a report on the adequacy of regulatory programs related to the disposal of electronic waste and in particular electronic waste containing cathode ray tubes. Prohibits cathode ray tubes from being disposed of in a landfill beginning 2006. (HB4297 prohibits the disposal of a cathode ray tube in a municipal solid waste incinerator), Introduced 2/27/03
Michigan* SB583 Prohibits the disposal of cathode ray tubes in a landfill. Forms a task force made up of representatives of manufacturersof electronic equipment, environmental organizations, retail businesses that handle electronic equipment, members of the general public, and other interested persons. Not later than June 1, 2005, this task force shall provide to the legislature a report on the adequacy of regulatory programs related to the disposal of electronic waste and in particular electronic waste containing cathode ray tubes. Introduced

6/11/03

Minnesota*

(Companion bills)

HF882

SF838

Prohibits the disposal of cathode ray tube products. Requires manufacturers to set up programs to transport, collect and reuse or recycle electronic products. Manufacturers cannot recover costs through and "end-of-life" fee on consumers. Reporting requirements set. And provisions expire if national program is established. Dead
Minnesota SF905 Part of Environment Omnibus bill: Effective July 1, 2005, a person may not place in mixed municipal solid waste an electronic product containing a cathode-ray tube. Enacted

5/28/03

Mississippi* SB2398 The bill creates a program for recycling and disposal of computer and electronic solid waste, which each state agency must implement. The program would provide for the sale or donation of used state owned computer and electronic equipment with a portion of sales going to the new computer-recycling fund. The fund would be used for market research and development grants, establishing businesses to deal with used computers and fund measures to promote recycling. Allows the state to develop rules to ban e-waste from landfills beginning 1/1/2005. Dead
Nebraska* LB301 The bill establishes a statewide electronic equipment recycling system to encourage the development of electronic equipment recycling businesses, increase public awareness about electronic equipment recycling, decrease the amount of electronic equipment that is disposed of in landfills. A fee of $10 will be assessed on the sale of all new televisions and computer monitors beginning October 1, 2003. A ban would go into effect January 1, 2005, barring the disposal of electronic equipment in landfills. Speaker priority bill

3/17/03

New Hampshire HB73 This bill establishes a committee to study imposing a fee on new computer purchases to offset the costs of recycling discarded computers and computer components. Dead
New York SB890
and
A3633*
Establishes an electronic equipment-recycling program within the department of environmental conservation to develop and implement the most efficient means of collecting, storing, transporting, processing and recycling electronic equipment that contain hazardous materials. The bill provides assistance for development of electronic equipment recycling programs and prohibits the discarding of cathode ray tubes in landfills. The bill imposes civil penalties for violations of such provisions, and all penalties collected must be deposited in the environmental protection fund for the program. SB890- Introduced 1/23/03

A3633-Passed Assembly in Senate Environment Committee

4/28/03

New York A5302* This bill establishes a ten-dollar fee on the sale of cathode ray tubes that would be used to fund an electronic equipment-recycling program. The bill also establishes a prohibition on the disposal of cathode ray tubes in mixed solid waste or any solid waste management facility. Introduced 2/26/03
New York A6096* Makes various provisions regarding the management and disposal of certain electronic equipment, including prohibiting the disposal of electronic equipment with hazardous components in municipal solid waste and requiring manufacturers of such equipment to provide centers for its collection and disassembly; provides for creation of a list of hazardous electronic materials and for a public information program. Introduced

3/4/03

North Carolina SB970*
and
HB878*
Establishes a recycling program for certain electronic devices and imposes a tax on those devices in order to fund the program. Provides local governments with funds to enable them to recycle electronic devices. SB970 -- Senate Finance

4/3/03

HB878 -- House Environment

5/13/03

Oregon HB2971 Prohibits disposal of cathode ray tubes at solid waste disposal sites. Directs Environmental Quality Commission to develop program that encourages recycling of cathode ray tubes. Requires registration of object that contains cathode ray tube and payment of fee at time of purchase. Authorizes civil penalty for violation of certain provisions. Creates Cathode Ray Tube Recycling Account funded by collected fees. Allows person to apply for refund of part of fee when person recycles cathode ray tube. Referred to House Enviro and Land Use

3/12/03

Oregon* HB3563 Directs Environmental Quality Commission to develop environmentally sustainable program for disposal of electronic products. Creates Electronic Products Account to be used for creating infrastructure for reclamation and disposal of electronic products. Imposes $3 fee at point of sale of electronic products. Requires person who sells electronic products to forward fees collected and file returns with Department of Revenue. Requires person who sells electronic products to maintain records and to obtain certificate from Department of Revenue. Provides penalties for fees past due. Referred to House Enviro & Land Use 3/13/03
Oregon SB867 Creates Advisory Committee on Electronic Products Stewardship. Directs committee to work with Department of Environmental Quality to develop rules for economically sustainable electronic products recycling or disposal. Directs committee to work with

Oregon Department of Administrative Services to develop purchasing guidelines for electronic products. Directs metropolitan service districts serving populations greater than 500,000 to develop and implement pilot program for electronic products recycling and reuse.

Referred to Ways & Means

5/9/03

Pennsylvania HB1539 Sets guidelines for recycling cathode ray tubes and prohibit their disposal. Requires sellers to collect used items containing cathode ray tubes. Introduced 6/5/03
Rhode Island SB234 This act would require the department of health to regulate the collection and disposal of cathode ray tubes. Products containing a cathode ray tube shall not be sold until the manufacturer, either on its own or in concert with other persons, has implemented a plan approved by the department of health for a convenient and accessible collection system when the consumer is finished with them. Committee Recommends Hearing

3/26/03

Rhode Island* HB5783 This act would create the electronic waste producer responsibility act designed to regulate the disposal of electronic waste. The intent of this chapter is to shift the financial responsibility for the collection and recycling of discarded electronic waste from the taxpayers of Rhode Island to the producers of electronic products. In Committee

3/27/03

Rhode Island* HB5829 House resolution creating a special House commission to develop a recommended plan for the collection and recycling of electronic waste. Passed House

5/13/03

South Carolina* SJR148 Establishes the Electronic Equipment Recycling Program to encourage the efficient means of collecting, storing, transporting, processing, and recycling of electronic equipment. A $5 fee on electronic equipment containing a cathode ray funds this program. The retailer collects the fee. The monies collected are used for loans, grants, and education programs. Sunsets date. Referred to Committee 1/14/03
Texas HB2967 Relating to the establishment of a program for the disposition of electronic equipment in a manner that protects the water and other natural resources of the state; providing a criminal penalty. Left pending in Committee

5/6/03

Texas SB1239 Relating to the establishment of a program for the disposition of electronic equipment in a manner that protects the water and other natural resources of the state; providing a criminal penalty. Left pending in Committee

5/6/03

Utah* HB67 Encourages the Solid and Hazardous Waste Control Board, with regard to electronic waste, to establish an educational initiative that meets certain requirements and to monitor federal and state activities. Provides for reporting to the legislature and grants rulemaking authority. Failed to Pass House 37-38 vote

1/28/03

Vermont* HB343 This bill proposes to require producers of certain electronics products that are sold at retail in Vermont to develop and implement financial responsibility plans for collecting and reusing products they sell in the state. The bill proposes that producers failing to meet the requirements of the law will be prohibited from selling their electronics products at retail in the state, until they come into compliance. It proposes to ban the incineration and land filling of the products in question. It proposes to require producers to institute less harmful alternatives for specified components by January 1, 2006. It proposes to require labeling, consumer notification, and public education about how to manage the products, and to require the establishment of a specified number of collection points per every 10,000 persons in the state. It also proposes to establish requirements with respect to state procurement, monitoring, and reporting, and it creates a private right of action to enforce the law. Introduced 3/11/03
Virginia HB2375 Requires the Department of Environmental Quality to adopt regulations to provide for an electronic equipment-recycling program. The bill requires the program to work with local governments and businesses in determining how to recycle electronic equipment and to promote recycling and donating electronic equipment. The bill also requires the Department, by July 1, 2004, to develop a list of electronic equipment and organizations that accept it for donation or recycling. Beginning July 1, 2004, the bill bans the disposal of cathode ray tubes in mixed solid waste, prohibits solid waste management facilities from accepting cathode ray tubes, and only allows disposal of cathode ray tubes in accordance with the Department's regulations. For purposes of this bill, "cathode ray tube" means an intact glass tube used to provide the visual display in televisions, computer monitors, oscilloscopes and similar scientific equipment, and "electronic equipment" means devices that contain complex circuitry, circuit boards or signal processing, and that contain hazardous materials that may pose a risk to public health or the environment if discarded as part of mixed solid waste or disposed of in a solid waste management facility. Electronic equipment includes, but is not limited to, cathode ray tubes, computers, televisions and cell phones. Incorporated into VA-HB2376 1/29/03
Virginia HB2376 Requires the Virginia Waste Management Board to adopt regulations to encourage cathode ray tube and electronics recycling. The bill also authorizes localities to prohibit the disposal of cathode ray tubes in any privately operated landfill within its jurisdiction, so long as the locality has implemented a recycling program that is capable of handling all cathode ray tubes generated within the jurisdiction. This bill incorporates HB 2375. Signed by Governor

3/27/03

Washington* HB1942 Declares that, except as provided in this act, every manufacturer must develop, submit to the department, implement, and finance the implementation of a plan for the collection and the recycling or reuse of sixty-five percent, by weight, of all electronic waste from its own products each year. The plan must provide and promote convenient, strategically located fixed collection sites to serve urban and rural populations throughout the state.

Provides that all plans required by this chapter must be submitted to the department and the advisory committee by September 30, 2004, and reviewed by the department by December 31, 2004, with implementation by manufacturers beginning by June 30, 2005.

Requires all manufacturers to submit an initial report to the advisory committee by December 31, 2005, and each December 31st thereafter. The reports must contain, at a minimum: (1) The quantities of electronic products sold by that manufacturer in the state during the previous year; (2) The weight of the electronic waste recovered in the previous year; (3) The weight of recovered electronic waste that is reused; (4) The weight of recovered electronic waste that is recycled; (5) Progress reports towards making more environmentally friendly products; (6) The results of any performance measures included in the plan; (7) Identification of the end markets for collected electronic waste; (8) Educational and promotional efforts that will be undertaken; and (9) Any other information deemed necessary by the department.

In Committee 2/17/03
Federal Legislation

HR1165

To establish a grant and fee program through the Environmental Protection Agency to encourage and promote the recycling of used computers and to promote the development of a national infrastructure for the recycling of used computers, and for other purposes. Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials

3/17/03

Enacted Electronic Waste Legislation
Prior to 2003

Arkansas

SB807 This bill requires state agencies to develop plans to sell, reuse, recycle or dispose of their old computers. It also creates a recycling fund that awards grants to recycling programs. Enacted 4/9/01
Colorado* HB01-0116 The bill creates a .5 FTE to focus on educating people about why they should recycle CRTs and where to recycle. It also helps promote and expand the recycling industry in Colorado. Signed by governor 6/6/01
Georgia

HB2 Creates the Computer Equipment Disposal and Recycling Council Signed by governor 5/14/02
New Jersey* A607 This bill would encourage the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of used computers monitors and television sets. Approved, PL 2002, C.106; 12/2/02

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