PSI is actively supporting electronics legislation, helping state members and their stakeholders identify potential improvements to existing laws, and continuously updating our comprehensive review of the lessons learned from existing electronics programs. PSI is also working to promote electronics recycling in states with existing laws, and is collaborating with stakeholders from government, recycling, and manufacturing to address the growing issue of Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) stockpiling.
Projects and Initiatives
In December 2000, PSI held the country’s first national Product Stewardship Forum and from this government forum grew the National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI), which became the country’s first national discussion among electronics manufacturers, state and local government agencies, recyclers, and non-governmental organizations. Although the NEPSI dialogue did not result in a national agreement, it was a significant turning point and became the first dialogue in which industry consciously committed to take a product stewardship approach.
PSI also previously worked to advance environmentally preferable procurement policies for governments and published "Purchasing Environmentally Preferable Computers: A Guide for Government Procurement Officials” in 2003. PSI also worked with Staples, Inc. to design, implement, and evaluate a pilot retail electronics take-back program with Staples, Inc. from 2004 to 2005. From 2006 to 2008, PSI was involved in an effort on the part of the Congressional House Energy and Environment Committee to develop federal electronics product stewardship legislation. Participants included electronics manufacturers, retailers, recyclers, government agencies, and environmental groups. In March 2008, PSI provided comments on a Federal E-Recycling Concept Proposal developed by a bi-partisan Congressional E-Waste Working Group. In 2013, PSI released a report assessing the effectiveness of New York State’s EPR law, one of the most recent and advanced in the U.S. PSI is also working in rural areas to increase the use of voluntary product stewardship programs through collaborative local outreach and education programs.
Interested in learning more about PSI’s electronics initiative? Contact Evan Newell at PSI, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 617-236-8293 to learn more about the project and what PSI is doing to address this issue.
Key Electronics Documents
- Evaluation of the New York State Electronics Producer Responsibility Law. The Product Stewardship Institute, June 2013
- Vermont e-cycles - 2013 E-Cycles Report to the Legislature. Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, December 2012
- **Updated** Designing an Effective Electronics Recycling Program: Lessons Learned from Existing State Programs. The Product Stewardship Institute, October 2012.
- New York State's Producer Responsibility Law for Electronics: Impacts and Effectiveness in Rural Areas. The Product Stewardship Institute, September 2012
- Electronics Recycling Guide - A clickable tool that compiles manufacturers' take-back program information into a single source. The Product Stewardship Institute, March 2012.
- 2011 Evaluation Report on the Minnesota Electronics Recycling Act. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, January 2012.
- E-Cycle Wisconsin Program Year 2 Results. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Waste and Materials Management Program, December 2011.
- The National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship. Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship, June 2011.
- ERCC Best Practices for Measuring the Performance Of State Electronics Recycling Programs. Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse, April 2011.
- High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health
- Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry
Related News and Updates
- Nine million pounds of CRT glass abandoned in Arizona - Resource Recycling, September 19
- Abandoned Baltimore warehouse is full of CRTs - Resource Recycling, August 27, 2013
- BREAKING: Abandoned warehouses full of CRTs found in several states - Resource Recycling, August 23, 2013
- e-Waste recycling up, but there's a long way to go, WXXI News, July 2013
- PSI finds room for improvement in implementation of New York's e-scrap law, Resource Recycling, July 2013
- NY e-cycling law boosts volumes, American Metal Market, July 2013
- New York's e-waste law boosts recycling, lowers cost, report finds, Waste & Recycling News, July 2013
- Law Boosts e-Waste Recycling, Cuts Government Costs, Environmental Leader, July 2013
- Report Says New York Met Annual Goal Of Recycling 44 Million Pounds of E-Waste, Bloomberg BNA, July 2013
- New York State e-Waste Law Boosts Recycling and Reduces Government Costs, New Report Finds, July 2013
- Unwanted Electronics Gear Rising in Piles. New York Times, March 2013
- In My Opinion: EPR's Promise Delivers, Now It's Time for an Upgrade. Resource Recycling, March 2012
- More states ban disposal of electronics in landfills. USA Today, December 2011.