Maine’s Electronic Waste law establishes a “shared responsibility” system for the recycling of computer monitors, laptops, tablets, digital picture frames, desktop printers, televisions, and game consoles (“covered electronic devices”) from households, small businesses, and K-12 schools.  In Maine’s program, municipalities provide a convenient collection sites for consumers.  After collecting a large quantity, the collection sites call department-approved consolidation companies who pick up the devices, sort them, and send them to be recycled.  Manufacturers (the brand owner, or first importer if the brand owner does not have a presence in the U.S.) are responsible for the cost of consolidation, processing, and recycling of covered electronic devices as invoiced by the approved consolidators.  To comply with Maine law, manufacturers must complete annual registrations and pay assigned recycling costs. 


Recycling costs are assigned in two different ways depending on the product type. The costs of consolidation, processing and recycling of televisions, game consoles, and portable DVD players are assigned to manufacturers based on total U.S. market share by weight.  Computer monitors, laptops tablets, digital picture frames, and desktop printers are individually counted and weighed by state-approved consolidators so that manufacturers pay for the recycling of their own products as these products show up in the waste stream.  Rather than having the consolidators recycle their products, manufacturers of these types of covered devices can opt to pick up their products from consolidators and recycle them on their own (Option 1).  The cost of recycling “orphan” products, for which the state can assign no responsible party or successor in interest, is divided among registered manufacturers according to their proportion of the total weight of products recycled in a given year. 

Useful Links:

DEP E-Waste Recycling Website

Key Dates:
  Annual manufacturer registrations and the registration fee are due July 1st each year. All current and former manufacturers of computer monitors, laptops, tablets, digital picture frames, and desktop printers must register, as do all television, game console, and portable DVD player manufacturers who sold products during the previous or current calendar years.  Registration fees are either $3000 or $750 depending on a manufacturer’s market share. The registration fee is waived for historic manufacturers of computer monitors, laptops, tablets, digital picture frames and desktop printers who have had less than 50 products show up in the Maine waste stream during the previous three years.