Producer Responsibility for Electronics

In 2006, Zero Waste Washington and our partners successfully advocated to pass one of the strongest electronics recycling laws in the country.  Now, there’s E-Cycle Washington!  

The first year of E-Cycle Washington was a big success!
E-Cycle Washington is the new electronics recycling program provided and paid for by electronics manufacturers.  There’s no charge to drop off TVs, monitors, computers, or laptops at over 200 locations around the state.  

With E-Cycle Washington, we’re on our way to it being as easy to recycle a computer or TV as it is to buy one!  Over 38 million pounds of old computers and TVs were collected in 2009, the program’s first year.  That’s about 2,200 units each and every day.  In addition, an estimated 2.6 million pounds of lead was responsibly managed rather than ending up in landfills or incinerators.  Some local businesses are expanding to accept electronics and add green jobs.  

Washington leading the way!
Washington was one of the first states in the country to pass an electronics recycling law using a producer responsibility approach, where producers provide and pay for recycling of the products they make as a cost of doing business. Zero Waste Washington helped start a wave that shifts the momentum away from government-funded approaches and establishes producers as the party responsible for providing and paying for the recycling programs.  Now, 22 states have electronics recycling laws where the manufacturers must pay for recycling.

More about E-Cycle Washington
The manufacturer-run Washington Materials Management and Financing Authority set up E-Cycle Washington on behalf of over 200 participating manufacturers that sell their computers and TVs into the state.  

E-Cycle Washington is using recyclers who meet “preferred standards” developed by the Department of Ecology, which helps keep our toxic electronic waste from being shipped to developing countries.

You can read more about E-Cycle Washington.

With producer responsibility, recycling costs are moved from local government and ratepayers to producers and users.  Learn more about how E-Cycle Washington is saving money for local governments.

E-Cycle Washington is the result of a landmark recycling law (ESSB 6428) passed by the Washington legislature in 2006.  Read the full text of the law.  You can also read Zero Waste Washington’s press release about the law’s passage.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:45)