Maine’s new waste law requires recycling
Augusta, ME— Effective immediately,
television and computer monitor manufacturers are responsible
for ensuring their products used in Maine households are properly
recycled. These monitors, a fast growing category of solid waste,
contain several pounds of lead and other toxic materials.
Maine has plans from over six
dozen manufacturers indicating they will comply with Maine’s
E-Waste law, representing virtually all the brands expected to
generate waste. Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) has approved five consolidators to manage the waste from
all areas of the state. The consolidators then send the waste
for recycling and bill the manufacturers for their costs.
When manufacturers are responsible
for the costs of end-of-life management of their products, it’s
expected they will use their expertise and innovative strength
to design their products so materials can be reused and have value
when the product in no longer needed.
Once the electronic waste is
recycled, it will decrease the need for environmentally harmful
mining and manufacturing of virgin materials.
Other states are eyeing Maine’s
approach that encourages manufacturers to use less lead and toxic
materials and saves consumers and municipalities’ money
spent on disposing electronic waste items. Over a dozen states
are considering legislation to establish recycling laws similar
Beginning July 20, 2006, the
disposal of televisions and computer monitors is prohibited in
Maine. This means that each municipality must provide its residents
with a means to recycle their televisions and computer monitors
(or ship these wastes out of state for disposal).