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eNewsletter | November 27, 2012

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Are Those Black Friday/Cyber Week Electronics Deals Legal?
Consumers & Retailers Encouraged to Check Brands for Electronics Recycling Law Compliance

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week bargains, consumers may be seeing unfamiliar electronics brands advertised by both online and “brick and mortar” retailers. While many of these sales will offer savings to consumers, the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC) urges consumers and retailers to verify that the brand on their discounted tablet, TV, printer, computer or other electronic device is eligible for sale in their state. There are 24 states that require manufacturers to register or submit recycling plans prior to being able to sell their products in the state, but some brands fail to meet this critical obligation. Unfortunately, some of the newer “bargain” brands are not always aware of the requirements or simply neglect them. In some cases, a brand may already be designated as out of compliance due to failure to fulfill requirements under the state recycling law. The following page on the ERCC website lists each state with these requirements, the products that are covered, and links to the registered brand page.  In addition, this page includes a link to the ERCC compilation of brands out of compliance in all states as of the end of October, 2012.

Now Available in Four States

The ERCC has developed an online tool for manufacturer registration under multiple state electronics recycling laws, known as This site serves as a tool for manufacturers, allowing them a quick and easy way to submit their annual registration data to states that have approved its use. Currently, eCycleRegistration is accepting registrations for the states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Oregon, and Maine. And, until at least July 2013, this tool is free for manufacturers and state administrators to use. A free webinar for manufacturers on how to use the site will be held in December.  Please email to be included on the webinar. To learn more about, visit the website.

ERCC Update: New Members 
& 2012 Workshop

The ERCC, NCER’s joint initiative with the Northeast Recycling Council, is excited to announce that two new members have joined - Barnes & Noble and MRM.  ERCC thanks the continued support of the 16 state agency members and now 24 affiliate members,. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of becoming a member, please see our membership pages for state agencies and all other organizations. Members helped to successfully plan and hold a workshop at the 2012 E-Scrap Conference in Dallas, TX.  The workshop focused on the big picture of electronics recycling laws – what lessons have we learned to date and where can we go from here.  Over 60 participants filled the room and attendees heard from four diverse panels of stakeholders on the current challenges and a potential future path for electronics recycling across states.  A summary of the workshop is now available on the ERCC website. A group of panelists from the workshop also conducted a lively panel discussion during the main E-Scrap 2012 conference the following day.



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