Environmental Protection

Washington State Law Requires Electronics Manufacturers to Register

Manufacturers of televisions, computers, and computer monitors must register annually by Jan. 1, 2008, with the Department of Ecology (Ecology) to continue selling these products in Washington state.

Retailers of these products are required by an electronics recycling law law to sell only registered brands of these products. To see a list of registered brands as well as brands that are in violation of state law, go to https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/epr.

If an unregistered manufacturer continues to sell its products after the Jan. 1 deadline, it may be subject to fines of up to $1,000 for the first violation.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2009, a statewide program for the collection, transportation and recycling of computers, monitors, and TVs will be available free-of-charge to consumers. Ecology is working with manufacturers to keep the estimated 1.1 million computers and TVs that will be disposed in 2009 out of our landfills.

Manufacturers must register, so they participate in Washington's program and will be responsible for recycling their brand products at end-of-life.

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