Electronics Recycling in the District of Columbia
The Sustainable Solid Waste Management Amendment Act of 2014 requires manufacturers of certain electronic equipment to collect and recycle electronic waste generated in the District. Manufacturers, or partnerships or representative organizations of manufacturers, are required to register with the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), pay a registration fee, submit a collection and recycling plan, and annually report on collection and recycling activities.
Electronics often contain hazardous materials, including lead, cadmium, and mercury, that can pose a risk to people and the environment if not properly managed at the end of the product’s useful life. This law incentivizes manufacturers to make residents, small businesses, and small non-profits aware of convenient electronic waste collection sites. Ultimately, this will lead to more electronics being refurbished or safely recycled, reducing the risk to human health and the environment. By 2018, residents will be prohibited from disposing certain electronic equipment in the trash, and will be required to recycle the items.
- Guidance on how to identify District properties or events that could be used for ongoing collection opportunities or collection events will be provided on this site in February 2016.
- A Proposed Rulemaking will be published in the DC Register in spring 2016.
- Manufacturers will be able to register online with the District by June 1, 2016.
DOEE will first assist manufacturers with achieving compliance through outreach and education. After the period of compliance assistance has ended, DOEE may issue fines to those who do not comply with the law.
- Manufacturers should use the Department’s Proposed Rulemaking to develop collection and recycling plans.
- Please email email@example.com to recommend areas of the program that would benefit from clarification through rulemaking or with questions related to developing implementation plans.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive updates about electronics recycling rulemaking and implementation.