NJ Recycling Laws

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Green boards - IcarusNJDEP REGULATIONS
Solid and Hazardous Waste
Computer and Electronics Fact Sheet

On June 17, 2002 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (the Department) adopted an amendment to the Universal Waste Rule (UWR) including consumer electronics as a universal waste. Consumer electronics are defined in the rule as: “any appliance used in the home or business that includes circuitry. Consumer electronics includes the components and sub-assemblies that collectively make up the electronic products and may, when individually broken down, include batteries, mercury switches, capacitors containing PCBs, cadmium plated parts and lead or cadmium containing plastics. Examples of consumer electronics include, but are not limited to, computers, printers, copiers, telefacsimiles, VCRs, stereos, televisions, and telecommunication devices.” The adopted amendments to the Universal Waste Rule were effective on December 17, 2002.

Under the UWR, a generator of consumer electronics is regulated as a small or large quantity handler. A small quantity handler of universal waste accumulates less than 5,000 kilograms (11,000 pounds) of universal waste at any given time. This includes all types of universal waste being generated at the site. A large quantity handler of universal waste accumulates greater than 5,000 kilograms of universal waste at any given time. The management requirements for small quantity handlers are found at N.J.A.C. 7:26A-7.4 and the management requirements for large quantity handlers are found at N.J.A.C. 7:26A-7.5. A generator of consumer electronics may send their electronics to another universal waste handler or to a demanufacturer.

Demanufacturers of consumer electronics are regulated in New Jersey as Class D recycling centers and are required to obtain a Class D Recycling Center Approval. Large quantity universal waste handlers may not demanufacture electronics. Small quantity universal waste handlers are allowed to demanufacture electronics without obtaining a Class D Recycling Center Approval however processing or treating the components, for example by crushing or shredding, is prohibited.

Companies that are strictly refurbishing electronics for resale or donation do not need an approval from the Department to operate. These facilities are only handling products that are still usable and are therefore not regulated by the Department. However, if the company will be storing any unusable electronics, they would be regulated as a universal waste handler.

Transporters of universal waste, including consumer electronics, are not required to obtain a New Jersey solid or hazardous waste transporter registration provided the wastes are being shipped to an approved recycling center or universal waste handler. If the universal waste is being shipped to a RCRA Treatment, Storage, or Disposal Facility (TSDF) for treatment or disposal instead of recycling, the transporter must be a registered New Jersey solid waste transporter or a registered New Jersey hazardous waste transporter. If the waste is being shipped to a TSDF for recycling, transporter registration is not required. The above requirements apply to both intra-state and interstate shipments.

E-Waste – Computers, TVs, etc.
Category: Hazardous
Activity Type: Recycling

  • Management Issues: CRTs in monitors contain lead and computers and electronics contain other heavy and precious metals that can be extracted for proper management during a process called “demanufacturing.” All materials that are recovered for value are marketed as such and the hazardous wastes are properly disposed.
  • Handling Tips: Contact any drop off location prior to delivering electronics as acceptance policies may change from time to time.
  • Regulations: The Electronic Waste Management Act requires all original equipment manufacturers to establish and finance a collection, transportation and recycling system for the recovery of computers, laptops, televisions and monitors. It also establishes a disposal ban on these electronic devices beginning on January 1, 2011. are not permitted to be mixed with disposable materials and additionally, materials mandated to be source separated and recycled cannot be separated from disposables by anyone or any facility but the generator at the site where the recyclables and disposables are generated.  A materials recovery facility may not perform separation of recyclables from disposables on behalf of the waste generator.
  • Mandated Recycling: If generated in Morris County, this material is required to be separated at the source by the waste generator and ultimately recycled. The material may not be mixed with the garbage.
  • Special Handling: This material requires special handling other than traditional disposal and recycling facilities.

(From MCUA Website)

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