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E-Waste Bill Amendment Signed Into Law

Jan 10, 2017

E-waste Bill S981, signed into law by Governor Christie on January 9, 2017, revises the Electronic Waste Management Act enacted in 2011, which prohibited electronics from going into the trash and required manufacturers to implement and finance the collection, transportation and recycling of electronics at no cost to municipalities.

Since the original law was enacted, manufacturers have not been providing the service expected from the original law.

The amendments in S981 clarify the manufactures’ responsibility and allows the state Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to enforce the law if necessary.

For more information on the amendment to the e-waste bill, we recommend NJ Spotlight’s January 10 article “Preventing the E-waste Stream from Becoming a Flood.”