Electronics Recycling in the District of Columbia
The Sustainable Solid Waste Management Amendment Act of 2014 requires manufacturers of covered electronic equipment (CEE) to collect and recycle electronic waste generated in the District. Manufacturers that sell CEE in the District are required to register with the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), pay a registration fee, submit a collection and recycling plan, and annually report on collection and recycling activities.
The Final Rulemaking was published on November 18, 2016, and can be viewed at DC REGS.
The Department published a proposed rulemaking on July 29, 2016, and received many comments. The Department’s response to comments is attached below.
Manufacturer Guide and Factsheet
The following resources can assist manufacturers in understanding their registration and collection requirements.
- Manufacturer Guide
- Definition of Covered Electronic Equipment
- Collection Target and Shortfall Fees
- Collection Requirements and Third-party Certification
- eCYCLE DC Program FAQ
The Department recognizes that manufacturers may not be able to meet the December 31 registration deadline. Considering this, before taking an enforcement action against manufacturers for failure to register with the Department, eCYCLE DC will perform a period of compliance assistance after the deadline to help manufacturers submit completed registration forms. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
2017 Registration Options
Manufacturers are required to register with DOEE by December 31, 2016. If you have questions about completing the registration forms, please email [email protected].
De Minimis Worksheet
Manufacturers that sold fewer than 100 units of CEE in the District in calendar year 2015 must complete the De Minimis Worksheet.
De Minimis manufacturers do not need to complete a full registration form, pay a registration fee, or collect CEE.
Manufacturers that sold 100 units or more of CEE in the District in calendar year 2015 have three registration options:
- Representative Organization
Manufacturers that register as an Individual Manufacturer have collection requirements based on 2015 sales.
- Individual Manufacturer Registration: Available online at ecycleregistration.org (preferred method) or download form.
Partnerships, as a collective, are responsible for meeting the sum of the minimum collection share of each individual manufacturer in the partnership. Each partnership should complete one Part 1 Form (partnership information) and each manufacturer in a partnership should complete one Part 2 Form (manufacturer information).
The Part 1 Form is only available via a downloadable form. Part 1 is not available via the eCycleRegistration System, as only one Part 1 Form per partnership needs to be completed. The Part 2 Form is available via ecycleregistration.org (preferred method) or downloadable form.
When completing the Part 2 Form, please ensure the minimum collection share information is reported to the organization that is completing the partnership information in the Part 1 Form. This information is required for completion of the Part 1 Form.
- Partnership Part 1 (one form per partnership): Download form.
- Partnership Part 2 (each manufacturer in partnership should complete): Available online at ecycleregistration.org (preferred method) or download form.
A Representative Organization has a convenience requirement, instead of a collection requirement. Representative organizations are responsible for establishing a convenient and equitable collection system for CEE, with at least one permanent publicly accessible collection site in each of the District’s eight wards. If no feasible permanent location exists in a ward, the representative organizations must hold quarterly collection events in the ward.
Each Representative Organization should complete one Part 1 Form (Representative Organization information) and each manufacturer in a Representative Organization should complete one Part 2 Form (manufacturer information). Both forms are only available via a downloadable form.
- Representative Organization Part 1 (one form per Representative Organization): Download form.
- Representative Organization Part 2 (each manufacturer in partnership should complete): Download form.
Possible Collection Event Locations
To assist manufacturers with their collection or convenience requirements, the Department has compiled a list of possible locations for one day collection events. Manufacturers may also identify their own locations. Interested manufacturers should contact the individual site point of contact.
DOEE will first assist manufacturers and retailers with achieving compliance through outreach and education. After the period of compliance assistance has ended, DOEE may issue fines to those who do not comply with the law.
Please email [email protected] with questions or to receive updates about eCYCLE DC.