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Landfill Ban on Electronics: What Manufactures Need to Know

Effective June 6, 2008 all electronic manufacturers wishing to sell or lease electronics, covered electronics devices (CEDs), in the state were required to register, and pay a fee, to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection no later than the first day of January each subsequent year. Senate Bill 746, passed in 2008 made this requirement law.  CEDs include televisions, computers or video display devices with a screen that is greater than four inches measured diagonally. "Covered electronic device" does not include a video display device that is part of a motor vehicle, or that is contained within a household appliance or commercial, industrial or medical equipment.

The manufacturer has two options in the registration process.  The first option is that the manufacturer implements a takeback program for their products that is completely free to the customer, including shipping, which allows the manufacturer to pay a lower registration fee.  Manufacturers are required to provide a toll free number and website address detailing program information on their takeback process. The second option is that the manufacturer does not implement a takeback program and pays a higher registration fee.

Fees generated by the registration process are placed in the Covered Electronic Devices Grant Program, which provides local solid waste authorities, county commissions and municipalities with funding to provide electronic recycling opportunities to their communities.

Any manufacturer that produces an average of more than one thousand covered electronic devices (CEDs) per year in the previous three year period is required to register. If they do not register they are libel for a civil penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars per year.

Complete information and a copy of the bills text are available using the “REAP CED Program” link on this page.


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For information on SB 398 and the landfill ban on electronics, stakeholders meetings and general information on e-waste planning and e-Cycling:

Carol Throckmorton

304-926-0448, e 1671
Nicole Hunter
304-926-0448, e 1116
For information on the Covered Electronic Devices Grant program, manufacture registration and compliance,  and general information on e-Cycling:
Niki Davis
304-926-0499, e 1137
Lisa Facemyer

WV Solid Waste Management Board
601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: 304-926-0448
Fax: 304-926-0472
Toll Free: 866-568-6649