With the start of the new year, we are seeing states posting their e-waste recycling volume and rates. So far, Minnesota, Washington and New Jersey have released data for 2011 program year.
Minnesota's numbers have stagnated with 33 million pounds recovered while Washington and New Jersey both have seen increases in collection rate.
New Jersey collected approximately 40 million pounds a e-waste, a five-fold increase in e-waste tonnage over the approximately 8 million pounds collected in 2010. Washington saw a 6% increase from 2010, collecting 42.2 million pounds of covered electronics in 2011.
California's 2011 e-waste recycling numbers will not be available until March, but for 2010, CA recycled approximately 193 million pounds. This is almost more than all the other states' e-waste programs combined.
CAW supports AB 960 by Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal which will help increase the number of e-waste recycle domestically. The measure requires e-waste recyclers to conform their export practices as a condition of receiving existing recycling payments under California’s e-waste law. It is currently a 2-year bill.
Learn more about CAW’s efforts to support e-waste recycling. Please support our work on e-waste and make a tax-deductible donation today.