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Report
Overview of the Minnesota
Electronics Recycling Act
Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board
May 26, 2010
Garth Hickle
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Background on E-waste in
Minnesota
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Hennepin County initiates collection- 1992
 Legislative report on e-waste- 1995
 Statewide collection demonstration project- 1999
 Legislative consideration begins in 2002
 Policy options report from MPCA- 2005
 Senate and House E-waste Dialogue- 2006
 Disposal ban for CRTs becomes effective- July 2006
 Minnesota Electronics Recycling Act passed- 2007
 Amendments to Act- 2008
States with E-waste Laws
WA
MT
ME
ND
VT
OR
MN
ID
NH MA
SD
WI
NY
WY
UT
PA
IA
NE
NV
CA
IL
CO
KS
OH
IN
WV
MO
KY
OK
NM
DE
MD
VA
SC
AR
MS
TX
NJ
NC
TN
AZ
CT RI
MI
AL
GA
LA
FL
AK
HI
Producer responsibility
law passed
22 states plus
New York City
ARF (Consumer fee)
laws passed.
1 State
MN Electronics Recycling Act
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Followed five years of legislative debate
Signed by Governor Pawlenty on May 8, 2007
Based on Midwest E-waste Policy Initiative Model.
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Obligation determined by previous year sales of VDDs
Annual registration fee
Additional credit for collection in rural areas
If manufacturers opt or fail to meet obligation, .30, .40, or .50 fee
Manufacturers can apply credits to future years or sell
 Cap of 25 percent of annual obligation
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RoHS compliance
Retail information responsibility
Minnesota Electronics
Recycling Act
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Manufacturer Responsibility –based on sales
weight in same year
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Not based on return share or consumer fees on
products as in other states
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Began July 1, 2007
 Requires registration and reporting by all parties
involved
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Manufacturers, Collectors and Recyclers
Program Year Summary
Per capita recycling rate
Program Year One Data
Program Year Two Data
6.5lbs. –statewide
5.8 lbs.- statewide
Pounds CEDs for recycling 33.6 million lbs.
(estimated)
30,293,194 lbs.
Manufacturer Pounds of
VDD sales/
Obligation
23 million lbs. sales
29,048,240 lbs. sales
13.8 million lbs. obligation
(60 percent)
23,238,592 lbs. obligation
(80 percent)
Statewide E-Waste Collections by Type
Incidental , 45,212,
0%
Other, 1,591,140,
7%
Special Events,
8,028,747, 34%
Special Events
Mailback, 2,380, 0%
Permanent Sites
Mailback
Incidental
Permanent Sites,
13,751,889, 59%
Other
Second Program Year Expectations
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Fewer registered OEMs
 Bankruptcies and consolidation
 Expected sales of 25-26 million lbs.
 Recessionary impact on sales
 Transition to LCDs and laptops
 Ratio increased to 80 percent of sales by weight
Third Program Year Registrations
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Manufacturer registrations: 71 OEMs representing 122
brands
Collector registrations: 186 entities, 249 sites
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50 retail locations
5 mail back programs
Recycler registrations: 54 registrations
Reports due July 15th and September 1st
Manufacturer Status
 Recycling
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credits created- 19 million (PY1)
32 OEMs
 Recycling
credits current- 23 million
 $219,000 in recycling fees paid for PY1
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23 OEMs paid fees
 $100,000
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in recycling fees paid for PY2
23 OEMs paid fees
Regional Context
 Illinois
and Indiana have incorporated
elements of Minnesota approach
 Wisconsin adopted identical language with
key enhancements
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Initial higher obligation
Broader scope of obligated products
 Agencies
examining regional
implementation strategies
Grants/Contracts
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MPCA is to distribute funds on a competitive basis
through contracts with counties outside the 11-county
metropolitan area
Private entities are eligible
The MPCA must give preference to counties and private
entities that are working cooperatively with
manufacturers to help them meet their recycling
obligation
MPCA to award two grants in 2010
Outcomes
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Significant increase in CED collection from
households
 Expanded collection infrastructure
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Permanent collection sites in 80 percent of counties
Retail collection
Strong compliance
 Business development
 National model
Concerns
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Lack of sufficient payment for collection
Difficulty determining annual obligation
Local government must provide collection
services
Collection of CEDs from CI sources
Internet sales
Lack of effective environmentally-sound
management (ESM)
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Restrictions on export
Evaluation of the Act
 Report
to legislature due December 1,
2010
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Overview of the program and results
Economic analysis
Description of enforcement activity
Address potential statutory changes
Process for Evaluation
 Product
Stewardship Speaker Series
event on June 4th
 Issue identification through summer
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Constituency group outreach
• SWMCB e-waste team
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Emphasis on web-based consultation
 Draft
report available by November 1st

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