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Product Take-Back Midyear Wrap-Up: Program Amendments Enacted in Indiana, Maryland, and Vermont; Study-Bills Passed in Hawaii and Louisiana

Published July 20, 2012

Product Take-back

At midyear, and with many state legislatures ending their sessions, the pace of enactment of new product take-back laws has slowed. So far this year, Puerto Rico is the only jurisdiction within the United States to enact new, comprehensive product take-back legislation (see IHS EIATRACK Regulatory Alert published Feb. 8, 2012, "Puerto Rico Enacts E-Waste Take Back Law"). The State of Colorado enacted a law that bans disposal of electronic waste in landfills and incinerators and requires state agencies to manage electronic waste by using certified recyclers, but the law does not include any comprehensive take-back or producer responsibility element (see IHS EIATRACK Regulatory Alert published July 11, 2012, "Colorado Enacts Landfill Ban & Requires State Agencies to Recycle Electronic Devices"). Outside of these developments, laws passed at the US state-level consisted of amendments to existing product take-back laws (Indiana, Maryland, and Vermont) and bills calling for state agencies to study and make recommendations on electronics collection and recycling (Hawaii and Louisiana). These developments are summarized below; some of the enacted laws have already taken effect and all will be effective by October 1, 2012.

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