Extended Producer Responsibility
All other states that have passed electronic recycling legislation instituted a form of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in which responsibility for funding recycling is imposed upon the producer, typically through an apportioned share of the yearly cost of electronics recycling within the state attributed to each manufacturer. Electronic recycling laws initially tended to cover televisions, computer monitors, computers, computer peripherals, or some combination of the four. However, one state after another has expanded covered products to keep pace with the ever growing variety of electronic equipment.
The patchwork of producer responsibility laws being enacted is beginning to raise concerns, especially as states contemplate clauses requiring sellers and lessors of covered electronics to provide specific information at the point of sale concerning where and how to recycle electronics. This would create enormous difficulties for lessors unlikely to have access to local information on equipment collection and recycling opportunities, especially in situations where equipment is intended for delivery or use in multiple locations.
ELFA has also expressed its concern that a requirement to supply recycling information when entering into a lease agreement can be both difficult and counterproductive; there is no true "point -of-sale" as described in many examples, and the provision of information on recycling opportunities in a lease agreement could result in a lessee incorrectly disposing of equipment that is still the property of the lessor.