SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Hawaii has updated the extended producer responsibility (EPR) law for electronics, which was initially passed in 2018. The latest update makes manufacturer recycling targets weight-based instead of being calculated by market share. Furthermore, it requires manufacturers to fully fund the program.
The assured funding provided by the new bill will avoid any such situation like the free program getting suspended due to lack of funds. It must be noted that the Department of Health’s fund for the program had ran out in April this year, which led to subsequent suspension of the program by state authorities. Furthermore, it will help boost recycling rates significantly.
The new law counts reused and refurbished electronics toward OEM recycling targets. It must be noted that the previous law had covered only those items handled by mainland recyclers. The new provision will promote a circular view of electronics and lead to considerable savings in shipping and handling costs.
As per revised law, manufacturers are required to register by paying an annual fee of $5,000 to the Department of Health. The collectors too have to undergo registration process by paying an annual membership fee of $250.
The change in definition of electronic device now ropes in a wide range of electronics including computers and printers under its purview.