There are 24 states in the United States (plus New York City) that have comprehensive e-waste laws and regulations. We are going through each of them to see how they have been implemented and the history and purpose behind each. We hope to see a time when each and every State in our Union have these types of laws in place, but for now we can only focus on the States that do. Today, we are looking at the state of North Carolina, which passed its law in 2007.
It began taking effect in July of 2010 (after amendment in 2009) and affects both households and businesses. Like most state-based laws of this type, it puts the onus on the manufacturers to create recycling drop points and programs. Another provision of the law mandates recycling or re-sale of all government-owned electronics in the state, county, and local governments of North Carolina.