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Primary State Environmental Agency: Department of Environmental Protection

Maine E-Waste Laws

  • Name of Law: LD 1892, 1156
  • Legislative Summary: The law required manufacturers, consumers and municipalities to share responsibility for the recycling of computer monitors and televisions generated as wastes by households in Maine. Municipalities are required to send waste computer and television monitors to consolidation centers that are fully funded by manufacturers. The manufacturers also pay to ship and recycle the electronic waste according to Maine's environmentally sound recycling guidelines. Manufacturers cover costs apportioned according to the number of their units. The law was modified in 2009 to clarify television manufacturer responsibility to pay for market share. LD 1156 was sponsored by Senator Deborah Simpson, and signed into law June 2009. It went into effect January 1, 2010. Source: Campaign for Recycling.
  • Applicable to Businesses: No
  • Covered Devices: TVs, computer monitors, or anything that has a display greater than 4" or contains a circuit board.

E-Waste Information Pages

Contact Information

More Information

  • Maine Electronic Recycling
  • Plug-In To eCycling with US EPA is a partnership between EPA and consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and service providers that offers you more opportunities to donate or recycle your used electronics.
  • The Electronics Takeback Coalition. This site will show you which states have e-waste recycling programs and laws and has links to them all. Included in the site is a great summary of which states collect the most e-waste in pounds per capita.
  • National Electronics Recycling Infrastructure Clearinghouse. The National Electronics Recycling Infrastructure Clearinghouse (NERIC) was begun in early 2006 to conduct research and education on electronics recycling systems.
  • Donating Old Computers and Electronic Products
  • U.S. EPA CRT Rule (Hazardous Waste Management System; Modification of the Hazardous Waste Program; Cathode Ray Tubes, 40 CFR Parts 9, 260, 261, and 271).
  • Earth911 includes an e-waste and recycling section.
  • Universal Waste State Resource Locator. Links to your specific state‚Äôs resources on Universal Waste Regulations.
  • Sony Road to Zero. Sony, an EPA Plug-In To eCycling Partner, has teamed up with Waste Management, Inc. to offer their customers the opportunity to recycle their used Sony electronics for free. Other brands of TVs can also be recycled at selected Waste Management locations for a fee.
  • National Recycling Coalition. With an easy to navigate hyperlinked map, this page provides links to state recycling resources. Many local communities have special collection/recycling days that are highlighted on their Web sites.

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