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  1. Overview of the Minnesota Electronics Recycling Act Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board May 26, 2010 Garth Hickle Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

  2. Background on E-waste in Minnesota • 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

  3. WA ME MT ND VT OR MN NH MA ID SD WI NY CT RI WY MI PA IA NJ NE NV OH DE IN IL UT MD CA WV CO VA KS MO KY NC TN OK AZ SC AR NM GA MS AL LA TX FL AK HI States with E-waste Laws

  4. MN Electronics Recycling Act • Followed five years of legislative debate • Signed by Governor Pawlenty on May 8, 2007 • Based on Midwest E-waste Policy Initiative Model. • 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 • RoHS compliance • Retail information responsibility

  5. Minnesota Electronics Recycling Act • Manufacturer Responsibility –based on sales weight in same year • Not based on return share or consumer fees on products as in other states • Began July 1, 2007 • Requires registration and reporting by all parties involved • Manufacturers, Collectors and Recyclers

  6. Program Year Summary

  7. Second Program Year Expectations • 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

  8. Third Program Year Registrations • Manufacturer registrations: 71 OEMs representing 122 brands • Collector registrations: 186 entities, 249 sites • 50 retail locations • 5 mail back programs • Recycler registrations: 54 registrations • Reports due July 15th and September 1st

  9. Manufacturer Status • Recycling credits created- 19 million (PY1) • 32 OEMs • Recycling credits current- 23 million • $219,000 in recycling fees paid for PY1 • 23 OEMs paid fees • $100,000 in recycling fees paid for PY2 • 23 OEMs paid fees

  10. Regional Context • Illinois and Indiana have incorporated elements of Minnesota approach • Wisconsin adopted identical language with key enhancements • Initial higher obligation • Broader scope of obligated products • Agencies examining regional implementation strategies

  11. Grants/Contracts • 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

  12. Outcomes • Significant increase in CED collection from households • Expanded collection infrastructure • Permanent collection sites in 80 percent of counties • Retail collection • Strong compliance • Business development • National model

  13. Concerns • 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) • Restrictions on export

  14. Evaluation of the Act • Report to legislature due December 1, 2010 • Overview of the program and results • Economic analysis • Description of enforcement activity • Address potential statutory changes

  15. Process for Evaluation • Product Stewardship Speaker Series event on June 4th • Issue identification through summer • Constituency group outreach • SWMCB e-waste team • Emphasis on web-based consultation • Draft report available by November 1st