Manufacturers of video display devices (VDDs) (televisions, computer monitors, laptops, netbooks, notebooks, tablet computers, and e-readers that contain a cathode ray tube (CRT) or flat panel screen with a screen size that is greater than four (4) inches measured diagonally) are responsible for collecting and recycling or arranging for the collection and recycling of 60% by weight of the VDDs they manufacture and sell to Indiana households. Manufacturers are able to count the recycling of a variety of electronics (referred to as covered electronic devices [CEDs]) from covered entities (households, small businesses, public schools, and charter schools in Indiana) toward their recycling obligation.
Please review the Indiana E-Cycle Manufacturers Fact Sheet (available on the IDEM Fact Sheets page) for detailed information about manufacturers’ responsibilities under the Indiana E-Waste Law.
The obligation for pounds of CEDs that must be collected and recycled each year is based on the amount (in pounds) of VDDs sold to Indiana households during the previous program year.
Collection and Recycling Efforts
The law does not specify collection or recycling methods for manufacturers. Available options include:
- Contracts with local collectors/recyclers;
- Partnerships with other entities; and,
- Manufacturer mail back programs.
Manufacturers receive an incentive for utilizing recycling facilities located in Indiana (10% incentive) and for collecting CEDs in non-metropolitan counties in Indiana (50% incentive).
Manufacturers can only utilize collectors and recyclers that are registered with Indiana E-Cycle to fulfill their recycling obligation. This includes collectors and recyclers located outside of Indiana as well as manufacturer mail back programs.
If you have questions regarding a specific collector or recycler, please contact IDEM’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance at (800) 988-7901.
Manufacturers subject to the requirements of the Indiana E-Waste Law must register annually by January 1. A manufacturer that begins to sell, or offer for sale, video display devices to Indiana households must submit a registration to IDEM not later than twenty (20) days after the date the manufacturer begins to sell or offer for sale the VDDs. A manufacturer may not sell, offer for sale, or deliver to a retailer for subsequent sale, VDDs in Indiana if they have not registered with IDEM.
Manufacturer annual reports are due by June 1 each year.
- Indiana E-Cycle Manufacturer Annual Report – State Form 54534 (available on the IDEM Forms page under Office of Program Support, in the Indiana E-Cycle section)
Manufacturers that fail to meet their 60% by weight recycling obligation are subject to a variable recycling fee per pound of shortfall.
- The fee is calculated as follows:
- Forty cents per pound of shortfall for manufacturers that recycle less than 50 percent of their goal.
- Thirty cents per pound of shortfall for manufacturers that recycle at least 50 percent, but less than 90 percent, of their goal.
- Twenty cents per pound of shortfall for manufacturers that recycle at least 90 percent of their goal.
- Manufacturers that sold less than 100 VDDs to Indiana households, as reported on their registration form, are not be subject to the variable recycling fee.
- IDEM provides a statement to each manufacturer subject to a variable recycling fee by each September 1.
- Manufacturers may petition the Recycling Market Development Board for relief from the variable recycling fee.
- Petitions must be received within sixty (60) days of the date of the fee statement provided to the manufacturer.
- Covered Electronic Device (CED): a computer, fax machine, DVD player (including gaming systems that can play DVDs), video cassette recorder, digital photo frame, digital media player, MP3 player, camcorder, camera, DVR, portable GPS navigation system, video display device, or peripheral (including keyboards, mice, external hard drives, and printers) that is sold to a covered entity by means of retailer, wholesale or electronic commerce. An all-in-one printer/scanner/copier or a projector can be considered a peripheral if the item is designed exclusively for external use with a computer.
- Covered Entity: a household, a public school (preschool, elementary school, or high school, including charter schools), or a small business (a business that is independently owned and operated with no more than one hundred employees and average annual gross receipts of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) or less).
- Manufacturer: a person that:
- manufactures VDDs to be sold under the person’s own brand or a brand the person licenses as identified by the person’s own brand label or the brand label the person licenses;
- sells VDDs manufactured by others under the person’s own brand or a brand the person licenses as identified by the person’s own brand label or the brand label the person licenses; or,
- assumes the responsibilities and obligations of a manufacturer.
- Video Display Device (VDD): a television or computer monitor, including a laptop computer, netbook, notebook, tablet computer, or e-reader, that contains a cathode ray tube or flat panel screen with a screen size that is greater than four (4) inches measured diagonally and is marketed by a manufacturer for use by covered entities.