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Waste Management - Computer Manufacturers Info

Waste Management

Information for Computer Equipment Manufacturers

N.C. General Statute 130A-309.134 places a number of statutory requirements on computer equipment manufacturers.

  1. Registration Requirement   (Registration Form Available Here)
    Manufacturers of computer equipment must register with the State of North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources [NC DENR]. Manufacturers may download a copy of the registration form or call Mary Johnson (919-707-8236) to receive one by mail. Once a manufacturer registers and submits a registration form, the manufacturer need not resubmit a registration form unless it is reporting changes in its status or contact information and then it need only fill out the part of the form that is being changed.

Registration Fee
Within 90 days of registration at any Level of Recycling Plan they choose a computer equipment manufacturers must pay a registration fee according to the following schedule:

 

 

Initial year

  • Level I:   $15,000
  • Level II:   $10,000
  • Level III:  $10,000

Subsequent years (due July 1)

  • Level I:   $15,000
  • Level II:   $7,500
  • Level III:  $2,500

Payments must be submitted to:

NC DENR Division of Waste Management - Solid Waste Section
Electronics Management Fund
1646 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1646
Attn: Mary Johnson

Questions about the North Carolina electronics recycling program and requirements may be addressed to Shawn McKee at shawn.mckee@ncdenr.gov or 919-707-8284 or you may also contact Ellen Lorscheider at ellen.lorscheider@ncdenr.gov or 919-707-8245.

 

Additonal information on other topics such as the State Electronics Recycling Service Contract 926C, best management practices for electronics management, materials to assist local governments' recycling efforts, and the Recycling Markets Directory can be found through the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service Recycling Information for Local Government Recycling Programs.

2.       Recycling Plan Requirement

Within 90 days of registration, all computer equipment manufacturers must submit a Computer Equipment Recycling Plan to provide a free and reasonably convenient recycling for consumers. Plans must be submitted to:
 
NC DENR Division of Waste Management - Solid Waste Section
Electronics Management Fund
1646 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1646
Attn: Shawn McKee
electronic_recycling@ncdenr.gov
 
Computer equipment manufacturers may submit joint plans but must still register and pay registration fees separately.  All plans must follow the order of the outlines below and must address each element in the outlines:
 
Level I Recycling Plan
A computer equipment manufacturer shall submit a recycling plan for reuse or recycling of computer equipment discarded by consumers in the State produced by the manufacturer.
 
  • Provide that the manufacturer will take responsibility for computer equipment that it manufactured and that is discarded by consumers.
     
  • Describe any direct take-back program to be implemented by the manufacturer. Collection methods that are deemed to meet the requirements of this provision include one or more of the following:

    • A process offered by the computer equipment manufacturer or the manufacturer's designee for consumers to return discarded computer equipment by mail.
       
    • A physical collection site operated and maintained by the computer equipment manufacturer or the manufacturer's designee which is available during normal business hours to receive discarded computer equipment from consumers.
       
    • A collection event hosted by the computer equipment manufacturer or the manufacturer's designee at which a consumer may return computer equipment.
  • Include a detailed description as to how the manufacturer will implement the plan.
     
  • Provide for environmentally sound management practices to transport and recycle discarded computer equipment.
     
  • Include a consumer recycling education program on the laws governing the recycling and reuse of discarded computer equipment and on the methods available to consumers to comply with those requirements. The manufacturer shall operate a toll-free telephone number to answer questions from consumers about computer recycling options. 
 
Level II Recycling Plan
A Level II Recycling Plan must include all the elements of the Level I Recycling Plan and must include additional elements as provided below:
 
  • Provide that the manufacturer will take responsibility for computer equipment that was manufactured by other manufacturers, as well as computer equipment that it manufactured.
     
  • Provide that the manufacturer shall: (i) maintain physical collection sites available to consumers during normal business hours to receive discarded computer equipment from consumers in the 10 most populated municipalities in the State and (ii) host at least two collection events annually within the State.  The 10 most populated municipalities as of 2012 are: Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Cary, Wilmington, High Point and Asheville or Greenville.  The current list can be found on the NC Office of State Budget and Management website.
     
  • Plans with multiple members must include a current and complete membership list.
A Level II Plan may offer additional options to collect other types of electronic equipment that do not constitute discarded computer equipment and may allow for assessment of a nominal fee for collection of these other types of electronic equipment.
 
Level III Recycling Plan
A Level III Recycling Plan must include all the elements of the Level I and Level II Recycling Plans and must include additional elements as provided below:
 
  • Provide that the manufacturer will take responsibility for computer equipment discarded by consumers that was manufactured by other manufacturers, as well as computer equipment that it manufactured.

  • Provide that the manufacturer shall: (i) maintain physical collection sites available during normal business hours to receive discarded computer equipment from consumers in 50 of the State's counties, of which 10 of those counties shall be the most populated counties in the State and (ii) host at least two collection events annually within the State.  The current list can be found on the NC Office of State Budget and Management website.
     
  • Plans with multiple members must include a current and complete membership list.
  
As with Level II, a Level III Plan may offer additional options to collect other types of electronic equipment that do not constitute discarded computer equipment and may allow for assessment of a nominal fee for collection of these other types of electronic equipment.

3.  Product Labeling Requirement

A computer equipment manufacturer shall not sell or offer to sell computer equipment in this State unless a visible, permanent label clearly identifying the manufacturer of that equipment is affixed to the equipment.

 

4.   Recycling Report Requirements (click here to go to the Annual Report form)

No later than October 1, 2011 and every year by that date thereafter, each computer equipment manufacturer shall submit a report stating the total weight of all computer equipment collected for recycling or reuse in the previous fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). The report shall also include a summary of actions taken to comply with the requirements of whatever plan a manufacturer chooses to implement. Computer equipment reports should be submitted to:
 
Division of Waste Management - Solid Waste Section
Electronics Management Fund
1646 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1646
Attn: Shawn McKee
electronic_recycling@ncdenr.gov
 

 

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