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Student Project: E-Waste in the United States: Minnesota

This research guide explores Electronic Waste in the United States at both the federal and state levels. Specifically, it will explore the law of New York, California and Minnesota.


The 2007 Minnesota Electronics Recycling Act required manufacturers of video display devices to register, pay a state fee, collect certain electronics and file reports about their programs. This was recently amended in 2016 when the governor of Minnesota signed into law which removes laptops, tablets, and other electronics from the video display devices category because they hold higher value for resale or component harvesting. The new law also prohibits manufacturers from charging a fee to consumers for the collection of electronics. Like most states, Minnesota’s Regulation is an Extended Producer Responsibility Regulation which places the cost and responsibility on manufacturers. 


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Does recycling work for Minnesota?