DEEP: CT Electronic Recycling Law, Requirements for Manufacturers

Electronics Manufacturer Requirements for
Compliance with Connecticut's
Electronics Recycling Law

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to Comply with the Law

In July of 2007, the State of Connecticut adopted a law concerning the recycling of household electronic waste (e-waste).  Codified in Sections 22a-629 through 22a-640 of the Connecticut General Statutes, this law requires manufacturers of electronics to participate in a program to finance the transportation and recycling of specific covered electronic devices (CEDs).  CEDs included in the law are computers, computer monitors, printers and televisions.  The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has the authority to expand the list of CEDs through regulations.

Who is a Manufacturer?

The law is very specific in its definition of "manufacturer".  You are a manufacturer if you:

  • make or made CEDs under a brand that you own or owned;
  • make or made CEDs under a brand you license;
  • make or made CEDs without affixing a brand;
  • resell or have resold, under your own brand, a CED made by others;
  • make or made CEDs and supply or supplied such devices to any person within a distribution network that includes wholesalers or retailers;
  • are a retailer who sells CEDs under your own brand name;
  • are a retailer and sell CEDs acquired from an importer and chooses to register, in lieu of the importer, as the manufacturer of those devices; or
  • are an importer or exporter of CEDs.
All manufacturers of CEDs must:
  • clearly and permanently label their CEDs with the manufacturer's brand;
  • register with the DEEP annually;
  • pay DEEP an annual registration fee, and
  • finance the transportation and recycling of CEDs by participating in the state program and paying an approved recycler’s reasonable costs for transporting and recycling the CEDs attributed to the manufacturer.
Manufacturers may operate a private recycling program that complies with the requirements of the law. Manufacturers opreating a private collection program must file a description of the program with their annual registration.  They must also make information about their program readily available to any retailers that sell their CEDs.
Manufacturers that are required to register their brand(s) with DEEP must register by using the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse’s ("ERCC's") web-based "eCycle Registration" system. This system allows manufacturers to enter and store common information for use on multiple state registration forms, including Connecticut. Connecticut’s form and instructions are provided only as a reference for you below. Manufacturers must use the ERCC online registration to register. Please follow the instructions to ensure that the registration form is filled out completely and accurately, certified with an electronic signature in Part VII. Payment of fees must be mailed separately, as needed, to the address prescribed on page 5 of the registration form.
Instructions (for reference only)   PDF
Registration Form (for reference only)   PDF

For more information about eCycle Registration, please contact Jason Linnell of ERCC.

Note: The same form is used for the initial (one-time) registration, any modification (registration changes) or the annual re-registration renewal.

Registration Revisions/ Changes:

Contact or Billing Information. If a manufacturer's contact or billing information changes at any time following the submission of the initial or an annual re-registration, you may inform DEEP of these changes by simply emailing Lena Tan.

Change in Manufacturer Name. For changes to a manufacturer’s name, you must complete DEEP’s Name Change form and email the completed form to Lena Tan.

All Other Changes. Manufacturer must complete, sign and submit the registration form to modify any other change that is not outlined above pursuant to section22a-638-1(o)(3)(A)&(B) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.

Private Recycling Programs (“Private Programs”): 

Private Program Description Submittals. Under CT’s law, any manufacturer that participates or utilizes a private program (mail back, retail or other) is required to file with DEEP a written description of the private program with its annual registration. A manufacturer will need to either: 1) attach a printed version of the written description with its completed and signed annual registration, or the manufacturer may upload the written description in PDF format to the ERCC e-registration system. DEEP does not need to receive the written description of the private program more than once, unless the manufacturer modifies the private program which requires notice to DEEP pursuant to section 22a-638-1(p) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.  

Private Program Reporting. Manufacturers that have established a private program with DEEP are required to report with their annual registrations the total weight of CEDs collected in the prior year under the law. The reporting period is July 1st through June 30th of each year. To comply with the reporting requirement, DEEP seeks from manufacturers a report that is submitted electronically each year by August 15th with the total weight of each CED by category and the grand total of all CEDs collected for the reporting period. DEEP intends to send an email as a reminder to each manufacturer to assist compliance with this reporting requirement.

E-Waste Regulations External Advisory Group  (October 2007 - January 2008) 

If you have any questions concerning Manufacturer requirements, please contact Mark Latham at 860-418-5930.

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Content Last Updated on July 24, 2019