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  1. National Product Stewardship Forum May 30, 2007 San Francisco, CA Garth Hickle Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

  2. Drivers for E-waste Policy • Technology transition • Internet access, higher performance • Software upgrades • Estimate that only 50 percent of existing computers can operate Microsoft Vista • Analog to Digital TV signals- February 2009 • Estimates of 30 million to 80 million TVs may be impacted by transition • Increasing sales and increasing returns • Average of 2.6 televisions per household in US (2005) • 62 percent of US households own at least one computer (2003) • Stockpile of old units • Avg. age of recycled TV is 17 years • Avg. age of recycled desktop is 12 years and monitor is 11 years • Toxic/hazardous materials (lead, mercury, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, PCBs) • Growing costs to collect, transport, and recycle

  3. Status of E-waste Laws • California • Advance recycling fee. • 3.64 pounds per capita. • Maine • Producer responsibility based on return share. • 2.98 pounds per capita • Maryland • Governor signed legislation to expand program and increase fee. • Washington • Rulemaking underway, 170 registrants • Minnesota, Texas, Oregon

  4. Minnesota Electronics Recycling Act • 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. • Retailers report sales to manufacturers. • If manufacturers opt or fail to meet obligation, .30, .40, or .50 fee. • Manufacturers can apply credits to future years or sell. • RoHS compliance. • Approximately 160 manufacturers expected to register. • MPCA estimates 48.3 million lbs. of VDDs sold (2006) • Projects 23.2 million lbs. of VDDs eligible for collection (2008). • 4.8 million lbs. additional credit for Greater Minnesota. • Projects 3.9 million lbs. of CEDs (2008).

  5. Federal Policy Activity • Bills introduced to date: • Rep. Thompson: advance recycling fee • Sen. Wyden and Talent: tax credits for manufacturers and/or consumers • E-Waste Working Group created (2005) • Hearings in House and Senate (2005) • Meeting held September 2006 • Goal is legislation introduced in 2007. • Change in Senate EPW may increase prospects for action. • Federal footprint departure for product policy/recycling.

  6. State Considerations for Federal Legislation • Preemption of existing and future programs. • Equitable financing based on market share, return share or both. • Broad scope of products. • Flexible system with a PRO/TPO. • Framework approach may be more feasible: • Definitions, reporting, materials restrictions, export/ESM, labeling.

  7. Contact Information: Garth Hickle Product Stewardship Team Leader Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 651-215-0224 garth.hickle@state.mn.us