Legislative Toolkit

Toolkit For State Legislative Advocates

Information about the existing state e-waste laws and programs.

Brief Comparison of State E-Waste Laws
This chart compares all the state e-waste laws against basic criteria.

Lessons Learned from State E-Waste Laws
What have we learned from the 25 states that have passed e-waste laws? What are the conclusions and policy recommendations based on those lessons learned?

How Much E-Waste Is Each State Collecting?
Summary chart of volumes of e-waste (total and per capita) collected in each state program, for each year of the program.

Covered Entities: Whose E-Waste is Covered For Free Recycling?
Who can take back e-waste for free recycling? Consumers? Business? Schools? Who else? Summary chart of who is eligible for free recycling in each state.

Scope of Products Covered Under Each E-Waste Law
Shows which products are covered for free collection by each state law, and how states are broadening the scope of products.

States Where You Can’t Throw E-Waste Into the Trash
Many states have already passed some kind of e-waste disposal ban: landfill bans, incinerator bans, or both. This fact sheet explains details, what products are banned and effective dates on all bills and laws, as well as links to the laws themselves.

Model E-Waste Bill For States
Sample model bill for states to create an e-waste program based on producer responsibility. Based on lessons learned from existing state programs.

Fact Sheet:: Comparing California e-waste collection rates to other states

Information about the e-waste problem

Facts and Figures on EWaste and Recycling

How big is the e-waste problem? How much e-waste is “out there”?  How much is coming back? How many products are being sold?  This is our compilation of statistics from various reports from governments, NGOs, and industry that help describe the problem, with sources and links provided. This is useful for members of the media, as well as for advocates preparing testimony, describing the size of the problem.

Trashed or Recycled: What Happens To Our E-Waste?

This fact sheet shows the EPA’s latest numbers on how much electronic waste in the municipal waste stream is trashed vs recycled.

Ewaste briefing book coverE-Waste Briefing Book
Overview of the e-waste problem
How Much E-Waste is Exported Each Year? How much ewaste is exported
We export over 5000 shipping containers of e-waste each year. Stacked in one tower, it would reach over 8 miles high.


Benefits from Recycling E-Waste

Fact sheet USGS - Resouce recoveryResource Recovery from Recycling

Obsolete Computers, “Gold Mine,” or High-Tech Trash?
A fact sheet from the USGS, by Donald Bleiwas and Thomas Kelly, explains the resource savings that can be realized by recycling computers. Sample Fact: “For example, 1 metric ton (t) of electronic scrap from personal computers (PC’s) contains more gold than that recovered from 17 tons of gold ore.”

Cost savings to local government fact sheetHow Manufacturer Takeback Laws Can Save Millions for Local Government

Details on how the Washington State e-waste law is saving millions of dollars for local governments.



Tools and Reports from the States

Minnesota ewaste county surveyMinnesota County E-Waste Survey:
What is e-waste doing to Minnesota’s 87 counties? In 2006, the Association of Minnesota Counties surveyed all counties in the state about their experience in managing the e-waste problem, including reports of illegal dumping, costs to local government, and services available to local residents. This survey helped to make the e-waste problem very real for legislators, by documenting the extent of the problem and current costs in each legislator’s district. The AMC lobbied for the producer responsibility bill passed in 2007, which shifts these costs from local government to industry. 16 pages.


Analysis of Washington and Oregon state programs, March 2010. In-depth analysis of both state programs conducted by the Northwest Product Stewardship Council.