There are now 17 states with electronic waste with 2 more coming in the next couple of years. New York City adds to that list while 5 more states have e-waste recycling laws, but not necessarily bans. Seven of those states had their bans begin taking effect this year. The Consumer Electronics Association hopes to make the phenomenon national, with one blanket law to cover everyone.

The impetus for that national law would be to normalize the current patchwork of laws so that it’s easier for manufacturers to comply. Of course, like other environmental regulations, the national law would likely just be added to by individual states much in the same way that vehicle emissions are set by the Environmental Protection Agency and then often added to by California and New York. Creating a new patchwork.

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New York law now requires not only that computers, monitors, and televisions be recycled, but now rechargeable batteries must also be properly disposed of.

A new law went into effect on December 5 that requires those with rechargeable batteries that no longer work to turn them into retailers who sell them. The law comes after last year’s bill began requiring manufacturers provide collection and recycling from retailers who sell their wares. Consumers can turn them in to the stores free of charge at drop-off.

The program, overseen by the Department of Environmental Conservation, covers all rechargeable batteries, be they the off-the-shelf types or those that come with power tools, cell phones or gadgets. It does not apply to standard alkaline batteries, however.

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We are still going through the state-by-state laws for electronic waste in the United States, looking at each of the 24 states which have such laws. The state of Illinois passed an electronics waste law that required electronics manufacturers to establish recycling programs for discarded e-waste. Manufacturers selling in Illinois were required to comply as the law began phasing in electronics recycling and waste procedures.

In January, the next phase of the law will begin taking effect, requiring citizens of Illinois to also comply by outlawing the throwing of e-waste into municipal garbage and landfills. This phase will require people in the state to take their electronics in for recycling at participating merchants and government-run centers.

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