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Some electronic items contain parts and other chemical compounds that may be hazardous to the environment. Help keep these items out of landfills, dumps and other unauthorized abandonment sites by participating in a responsible electronic recycling program in your local area. Some materials used in the composition of electronics are recyclable and reusable, making them valuable commodities that help save our natural resources.

   Electronic recycling requisitions enacted by states


California enacted its Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 and associated regulations to establish a funding system for the collection and recycling of certain electronic wastes. To learn more about electronic recycling, please visit http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/ 


In July of 2007, Connecticut adopted its Electronics Recycling Law which provides consumers convenient and free opportunities to recycle their computers, printers, televisions and monitors; and manufacturers will finance the transportation and recycling of them. For information on where Connecticut residents can go to recycle used electronic devices, please visit http://www.ct.gov/dep/ewastedropoff or call this toll-free telephone number: 1-888-424-4193.


In 2008, Hawaii passed the Electronic Waste and Television Recycling Act which requires manufacturers of computers, printers, monitors, and televisions to operate recycling programs. For more information on those services, please visit http://health.hawaii.gov/ewaste/


The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act, effective since 2008, requires manufacturers to establish a recycling program for Illinois consumers to dispose of discarded and unwanted covered electric devices. To learn more about drop off and collection services, please visit http://epadata.epa.state.il.us/land/eWaste/collection-sites.asp


In May of 2009, Indiana passed a statewide e-waste recycling law which establishes recycling programs administered by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The Indiana e-waste program, sets up a system to collect and recycle discarded electronics from Indiana households, small businesses, and K-12 public and charter schools. To learn more about the program, please
visit http://www.in.gov/idem/recycle/2440.htm


In 2006, the State of Maine made it illegal to dispose of televisions and computer monitors and established a comprehensive electronics recycling system that ensures the safe and environmentally sound handling, recycling and disposal of electronic products and components. To learn more about the details of the Maine e-waste recycling program, please visit http://www.maine.gov/dep/waste/hazardouswaste/documents/uwmunicipalmaster.pdf


In 2006, the State of Maryland passed an electronics recycling law requiring manufacturers to establish a state-wide take back program for the covered electronic products of Maryland residents. For more details on the program please visit https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/land/recyclingandoperationsprogram/pages/ecycling.aspx


In 2008, the State of Michigan passed its electronics recycling law requiring that manufacturers establish a state-wide take-back program of their covered electronic products. For more details on these programs. Please visit: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-whmd-stsw-eWaste_173_FAQ_292385_7.pdf


In May of 2007 Minnesota passed the Electronics Recycling Act, targeting the collection and recycling of "video display devices" sold to households/consumers, including "televisions," "computer monitors," and other select devices. To learn more about electronic recycling in Minnesota, please visit https://www.pca.state.mn.us/quick-links/minnesota-electronics-recycling-act


In 2008, the State of Missouri passed the “Manufacturer Responsibility and Consumer Convenience Equipment Collection and Recovery Act,” to properly manage certain end-of-life electronics that maybe classified as hazardous waste under Missouri law. For more information on electronic waste recycling, please visit http://dnr.mo.gov/ecyclemo/index.html

New Jersey

In In 2008 the State of New Jersey passed the Electronic Waste Management Act requiring all original equipment manufacturers to establish and finance a collection, transportation and recycling system for the recovery of certain electronic devices. For more details on electronic recycling in New Jersey, please visit the following website: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw/ewaste/index.html

New York

In 2010 the State of New York passed the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act requiring manufacturers that sell covered electronics in New York State to provide a convenient system for collecting, handling, and recycling or reusing electronic waste. For more information on NY recycling laws, please visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/65583.html

North Carolina

In 2007, the State of North Carolina passed a law that established the "Discarded Computer Equipment and Television Management Program" which establishes an electronics recycling program for the State of North Carolina. For more information on how to recycle electronic devices in North Carolina, please visit: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/sw/electronics/consumer-information


On May 12, 2008, the State of Oklahoma passed the Computer Equipment Recovery Act which establishes convenient and environmentally sound collection, recycling and reuse options of used electronics. For more details on recycling options in Oklahoma, please visit: http://www.deq.state.ok.us/lpdnew/ewasteindex.html#resources


In 2007, Oregon enacted its Electronics Recycling Law which requires manufacturers of desktop computers, portable computers, monitors and televisions whose products are sold in the state to participate in a recycling program. For more information on electronic waste recycling in Oregon, please visit: http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ecycle/index.htm


In 2010, Pennsylvania passed the Covered Device Recycling Act which manufacturers of computers, monitors, computer peripherals and televisions to provide recycling services to Pennsylvania residents. For more information, please visit: http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Waste/Recycling/Electronics/Pages/Consumer-Information.aspx#.VpP-oKEo671

Rhode Island

In June of 2008, the State of Rhode Island passed a comprehensive electronic waste recycling law requiring that manufacturers of electronic products to finance their own recycle program or participate in a state-run recycle program in order to recycle certain electronic products at the end of the product's useful life. To learn more about recycling in Rhode Island, please visit http://www.dem.ri.gov/ewaste/index.htm#recycle

South Carolina

In May of 2010, South Carolina passed the Manufacturer Responsibility and Consumer Convenience Information Technology Equipment Collection and Recovery Act, which established a program for the recovery of used electronics. For more information on recycling electronic equipment in South Carolina, please visit: http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/Recycling/Electronics//


In 2008, Texas adopted a law which establishing the Computer Equipment Recycling Program, under which manufacturers offering to sell new computer equipment in or into Texas are required to provide a free and convenient program for collecting and recycling home business and personal computer equipment. For information regarding the legal disposition and recycling of covered computer equipment (TVs), please visit http://www.TexasRecyclesComputers.org TX – continued: In 2012 Texas adopted a law establishing the Texas Recycles TVs Program for the collection and recycling of television equipment. For information regarding the legal disposition and recycling of covered television equipment (TVs), please visit http://www.TexasRecyclesTVs.org


In 2010, the State of Vermont passed an electronic waste law that regulates the disposal of certain electronic devices and provides for free and convenient collection of computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals and televisions. For more information on how to recycle your electronic devices, please visit: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/e-waste/


In 2008 the state of Virginia passed a law requiring manufacturers of computer equipment to provide a collection system for consumers to return computer equipment for recycling and reuse free of charge. To learn more about the collection system, please visit: http://electronicrecyclingofvirginia.com/

Washington State

In 2007 Washington State adopted a law that requires manufacturers to provide electronic product recycling services at no cost to households, small businesses, charities, school districts, and small governments. For more information on how to recycle your electronic devices, please visit: http://www.ecyclewashington.org

West Virginia

In 2010, West Virginia passed a law banning certain electronics from West Virginia landfills, including televisions, computers or video display devices with a screen that is greater than four inches measured diagonally. For information on electronic recycling services in the state, please visit: https://www.state.wv.us/swmb/ewaste/e-Cycle_WV.html


In 2009, Wisconsin passed a law that bans many consumer electronics from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators and requires consumers to recycle their used electronics. E-Cycle Wisconsin is a statewide, manufacturer-funded program that recycles certain electronics used in homes and schools. To learn more about where and how you can recycle your electronics, please visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Ecycle/wisconsin.html