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Effective July 1, 2009, the Indiana General Assembly enacted the Indiana Electronic Waste Law (Indiana Code 13-20.5), resulting in the establishment of the Indiana e-waste program. The purpose of the program is to reduce the amount of electronic waste being sent to Indiana landfills and to ensure that hazardous substances found in electronic waste are being managed in an appropriate and environmentally responsible manner.
The program holds manufacturers of video display devices (VDDs) (televisions, computer monitors, laptops, netbooks, notebooks, tablet computers, and e-readers) responsible for collecting and recycling covered electronic devices from households, public schools, and small businesses in Indiana equal to at least sixty percent (60%) by weight of the VDDs they manufacturer and sell to Indiana households. Manufacturers are able to work with any collectors and recyclers that are registered with Indiana’s e-waste program to meet their recycling obligation.
Indiana’s e-waste program includes requirements for manufacturers and retailers of video display devices, as well as for e-waste collectors and recyclers. Indiana households, public schools, and small businesses also have a role in the program and are subject to the disposal prohibition. Please visit the “Participants” section below for links to pages with more information about the specific responsibilities of each stakeholder group.
Effective July 1, 2012, the Indiana General Assembly has made the following changes to the Indiana e-waste program:
The manufacturer program year and annual registration deadline have been revised as follows:
Please refer to the participant pages for additional information regarding the impact of these changes on program participants and how the changes have been implemented.
As of January 1, 2011, the following items are prohibited from being discarded by Indiana households, public (including charter) schools, and small businesses:
Electronics contain heavy metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium that can be harmful if released into the environment. Recycling electronics ensures these materials are safely managed and that valuable materials such as steel, glass, and plastic, as well as precious metals such as copper, gold, tin, silicon, and aluminum are reclaimed for the manufacturing of new products. Reusing and recycling raw materials from e-waste conserves natural resources and avoids pollution.
If you have questions regarding Indiana’s e-waste program, contact the Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance at (800) 988-7901 or email "ewaste at idem.in.gov".