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North Carolina Electronics Management Program

Information for North Carolina Local Governments

Purchases of Televisions and Computer Equipment by State Agencies and Local Government Entities

State agencies, political subdivisions of the State and other public bodies must according to N.C. General Statute Chapter 130A Article 9 Part 2H "Discarded Computer Equipment and Television Management" only purchase from manufacturers who are in compliance with this law. Please view the lists of registered manufacturers before making purchases in order to determine if they are in compliance: Information for Local Govt Entities before purchase of televisions or computer equipment

Funding

Local Governments may be eligible for funds, if they choose to include an electronics management component in their solid waste management plan and completely fill in information requested as part of the annual statutory local government solid waste and materials management report. Distributions of the proceeds of the Electronics Management Fund to local governments will be distributed on a per capita basis among all eligible local governments on or about February 15th of each year. A copy of the entire solid waste management plan, with the electronics management component, must be submitted to DWM by December 31 in order to be eligible for distributions in February of the next year. The amount of funding will depend on: (1) how much revenue is generated annually through manufacturer registrations and (2) how many local governments become eligible for funding.

Local governments must establish a separate local budget account for the receipt and expenditure of the funds, which are to be used for the establishment and operation of electronics recycling programs.

All local governments also remain eligible for state Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants to establish and expand electronics recycling infrastructure. In addition, local government electronics collection programs are strongly encouraged to work with their selected electronics processors to account for televisions separately from other computer equipment and other electronics.  Requirements placed on television manufacturers may lead to some cost relief for local collection program if televisions are accounted for separately.

For governments already receiving funds, to remain eligible for funding after January 1, 2013, documentation that the contracted recycler is certified as adhering to Responsible Recycling ('R2') practices or adhering to the e-Stewards® Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment.

Electronics Management Plan 

A complete and approved electronics management plan is required to be eligible for distribution out of the Electronics Management Fund. 

Specific requirements for the electronics management component include:

  1. Information on existing programs within the jurisdiction to recycle or reuse discarded computer equipment, televisions, and other electronic devices, or information on a plan to begin such a program on a certain date. This information shall include a description of the implemented or planned practices for collection of the equipment and a description of the types of equipment to be collected and how the equipment will be marketed for recycling.
  2. Information on a public awareness and education program concerning the recycling and reuse of discarded computer equipment, televisions, and other electronic devices.
  3. Information on methods to track and report total tonnage of computer equipment, televisions, and other electronic devices collected and recycled in the jurisdiction.
  4. Information on interactions with other units of local government to provide or receive services concerning disposal of discarded computer equipment, televisions, and other electronic devices.
  5. Information on how the unit of local government will account for the expenditure of funds received pursuant to this section. Establish a separate local budget account for the receipt and expenditure of funds received pursuant to this section.
  6. Documentation that your program is using an electronics recycler/vendor that holds the required e-Stewards or R2 certifications, plus attestation that all of the covered equipment that is managed by your program is managed by the recycler(s)/vendor(s) in question. Acceptable documentation could include copies of contracts or service agreements with your electronics recycling vendor and a copy of their certification document as issued by R2 Solutions or e-Stewards or an accredited 3rd party auditor.
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    Click Here to Learn about R2- Responsible Electronics Recycling Practices from the EPA

Questions regarding electronics management plans can be directed to Ethan Brown, phone: 919 707-8249, e-mail: ethan.brown@ncdenr.gov.

 

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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.

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