Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
Author: Walter G. Wright
The blog post dated December 10, 2010 mentioned a Maine statute that was somewhat unique since it set up a process to impose certain requirements for manufacturers to take responsibility for their products at end of life. Pennsylvania Governor Rendell signed House Bill 708 into law on November 23rd which establishes an extended producer responsibility-based recovery/take-back program for consumer electronic devices such as computer monitors, desktop and notebook computers and televisions. Manufacturers of covered products must register with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and pay registration fee of $5,000. The manufacturers must also establish, conduct and manage a plan to collect, transport and recycle the covered devices. Television manufacturers are responsible for their market share while computer manufacturers are responsible for return share.