A manufacturer that sells, offers for sale, or delivers to a retailer for subsequent sale new covered electronic equipment (CEE) in the District is required to (1) label its CEE with a readily visible brand identifying the manufacturer and (2) register with DOEE, unless the manufacturer qualifies for an exemption. Registration includes a payment of a fee, a collection and recycling or reuse plan, and a report on past collection and recycling or reuse activities.
New for the 2024 program year:
- Due to legislation amending the District’s electronic stewardship law (effective March 10, 2023):
- Registration applications are due October 1, 2023 (instead of December 31). Failure to meet the October 1 deadline is an infraction under Title 16, Section 4013.5, of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations.
- Manufacturers must certify that their vendors recycling or reusing CEE have e-Stewards or R2 certification (instead of just e-Stewards).
- Representative organizations must conduct specific outreach activities as specified in D.C. Code § 8-1041.03(b)(9)(B) and in line with D.C. Code § 8-1041.05(a)(3)(B)).
- A partnership application must be submitted as a single application, as specified in the partnership registration forms.
- The registration and de minimis forms contain important clarifications as well as new questions related to the legislative amendments. Please read the forms carefully before completing them.
- Individual manufacturers, partnerships, and representative organizations will be required to provide a certificate of recycling to substantiate the weight of covered equipment collected in the District and recycled in 2022, as well as certificates showing the recycling facilities used in 2022 and anticipated to be used in 2024 have the required certifications.
Policies still in effect for the 2024 program year:
- An online payment option is available and is the preferred form of payment. Details are posted below the “Calendar Year 2024 Registration Fees” chart on this webpage.
- If there is a problem with an application, DOEE will disapprove the application and explain the corrections needed. The manufacturer, partnership, or representative organization will need to make the corrections and resubmit the application for DOEE review and approval.
- DOEE may take enforcement action against manufacturers selling unregistered equipment. A manufacturer that properly registered for the 2023 program year loses that registration status starting January 1, 2024 if its application is not approved by January 1, 2024. Note that registration includes payment of fees.
Certification requirements for the 2024 program year:
Effective March 10, 2023, the DC Council amended the eCYCLE DC law to require manufacturers to certify in their registration applications that vendors who recycle or reuse CEE collected under the manufacturer’s waste management program have e-Stewards or R2 certification.
Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Virtual Information Session for 2024 Registration Period
Law and Regulations
September 2023 update:
A proposed rulemaking was published in the District of Columbia Register on August 11, 2023 to amend the electronic stewardship program regulations to align with the law, clarify requirements, and repeal unnecessary provisions. The comment period ended September 11, 2023. No comments were submitted.
Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Manufacturer Guide and Factsheets for the 2024 Program Year
The following resources are intended to assist manufacturers in understanding requirements for registration, collection, and recycling or reuse.
- Manufacturer Guide
- Definition of Covered Electronic Equipment
- eCYCLE DC Program FAQ
- Shortfall Fee
- Representative Organization Registration Fees
Calendar Year 2024 Registration Fees
Annually adjusted for inflation using the Urban Consumer Price Index (CPI-U).
De Minimis (sold <100 CEE units**)
Individual (sold 100–249 CEE units)
Individual (sold ≥250 CEE units)
$796.05 (for partnership participants that sold 100–249 CEE units)
$2,786.18 (for partnership participants that sold ≥250 CEE units)
$17,058.22 for one manufacturer &
**Fees are based on CEE sold in calendar year 2022
Shortfall fees were also adjusted for inflation. See the Shortfall Fee fact sheet above for the revised fees and calculation instructions.
How to pay fees:
- To pay online (preferred): Manufacturers may pay registration and/or shortfall fees online either via credit card (including a transaction fee) or ACH/eCheck (no transaction fee). The process involves two steps: 1. Calculating or entering the payment amount and providing contact information, and 2. Submitting payment information. Note: DOEE will only approve the payment amount submitted in the first step after there are no outstanding questions about the amount due.
- To pay by check, follow the directions below (and ensure your payment systems are updated with this information):
PAYABLE TO: DC Treasurer
MAIL TO: DOEE, Urban Sustainability Administration, eCYCLE DC
1200 1st Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Calendar Year 2024 Registration Options
District law requires submission of registration applications by October 1, 2023.
Failure to meet this deadline is an infraction under Title 16, Section 4013.5, of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations.
De Minimis (Exemption) Form
A manufacturer that sold fewer than 100 units of CEE in the District in calendar year 2022 is required to complete this de minimis form to request a determination that the manufacturer qualifies for an exemption from the registration requirement.
De minimis manufacturers do not need to complete a full registration form, pay a registration fee, or collect and recycle or reuse CEE.
There are three registration options for manufacturers that sold 100 or more units of new CEE in the District in calendar year 2022, and plan to sell new CEE at any point during 2024:
- Representative Organization
1. Manufacturers that register as an individual manufacturer have a collection requirement (“minimum collection share”) that is a percentage of the average of the CEE weight sold in the District in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Registration applications may also be submitted online at ecycleregistration.org.
2. A partnership is responsible for meeting the total of the minimum collection share of each manufacturer in the partnership.
A complete partnership application includes a Part 1 form submitted by the partnership lead and a Part 2 form submitted for each manufacturer in the partnership. All Part 2 forms that were completed in Microsoft Word must be submitted together when the Part 1 form is submitted. Registration applications may also be submitted online at ecycleregistration.org.
- Download Word version of form: Partnership Part 1 (one form per partnership); submission instructions in form were updated on 8/9/2023 (in the second paragraph under “How to Apply”)
- Download Word version of form: Partnership Part 2 (for each manufacturer in partnership to complete); submission instructions in form were updated on 8/9/2023 (in the second paragraph under “How to Apply”)
If your company has questions about how to register in a partnership for the 2024 program year, email [email protected] to receive contact information for the partnerships currently registered for 2023. If your company is interested in forming its own partnership and would like to be added to the list of prospective partnerships for 2024, please also email the address above.
3. A representative organization has a convenience requirement, instead of a collection requirement. This means a representative organization is 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, a representative organization must hold quarterly collection events in the ward (for a minimum of four hours each). A representative organization must also meet enhanced outreach requirements as specified in D.C. Code § 8-1041.03(b)(9)(B) and in line with D.C. Code § 8-1041.05(a)(3)(B) .
A complete representative organization application includes a Part 1 form submitted by the representative organization lead and a Part 2 form submitted by the lead on behalf of each manufacturer in the representative organization. All Part 2 forms that were completed in Microsoft Word must be submitted together when the Part 1 form is submitted. Registration applications may also be submitted online at ecycleregistration.org.
- Download Word version of form: Representative Organization Part 1 (one form per representative organization); submission instructions in form were updated on 8/9/2023 (in the second paragraph under “How to Apply”)
- Download Word version of form: Representative Organization Part 2 (for each manufacturer in a representative organization to complete); submission instructions in form were updated on 8/9/2023 (in the second paragraph under “How to Apply”)
If your company has questions about how to register in a representative organization for the 2024 program year, email [email protected] to receive contact information for the representative organization currently registered for 2023. If your company is interested in forming its own representative organization and would like to be added to the list of prospective representative organizations for 2024, please also email the address above.
DOEE published a rulemaking establishing Electronics Stewardship Program Infractions on May 17, 2019. DOEE may assess fines for these infractions. DOEE may also take court action to enforce compliance with electronic stewardship requirements.
Visit the eCYCLE DC Resource page for a complete list of resources and documents for the eCYCLE DC program.