July 21, 2011
A free electronic waste collection and recycling program is now available to Vermonters. Starting July 1, 2011, the E-cycles Program provides for free collection of computers, computer monitors, printers, televisions, and computer peripherals (e.g., mice, keyboards, scanners) from households, charities, school districts, and businesses that employ 10 or fewer individuals. The electronic waste law made it illegal to throw electronic devices in the trash, but “e-cycling” offers a convenient and economical alternative for residents and businesses to manage their electronics responsibly.
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is managing a contract awarded to the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) and the Association of Vermont Recyclers (AVR), who are setting up collection locations throughout the state.
Fifteen days into the program there are six, one-day collection events already scheduled and 65 permanent collection locations that will operate year-round to collect electronic waste are up and running. Additional locations will continue to be established to provide multiple collection locations in every county throughout the state. As a convenience, all collection locations in the program will be required to accept all electronic devices that have been banned from landfill disposal, but only computers, monitors, printers, televisions, and computer peripherals can be accepted for free under the program at this time. This is an ongoing program that offers both permanent locations and collection events, and residents are not limited to where they can bring their devices even if the locations are outside of their immediate area. Although the overall response to the program has been positive, the State and NRRA will continue to work together throughout the program year to address any public concerns and examine ways to improve the program.
E-cycles requires manufacturers of covered electronic devices to register with the state and fund the program based on their annual market share of sales of these devices into the state. Collectors, transporters, and recyclers in the state also have requirements for registration as well as for proper management of the electronic devices. The law further identified guidelines for tracking collection amounts. The data collected by the state from the first year will be used to evaluate whether program collection goals were met, and as a basis for recommendations which will be reported to the legislature in January 2012.
For a list of banned electronic devices, collection locations, and other E-Cycles Program information visit www.vtecycles.org or call 1-855-6ecycle.
Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: July 21, 2011 08:57:40