Are Those Black Friday Electronics Deals Legal?

Many deals are available on electronic devices during this week of holiday sales, but newer brands may not be properly registered under 24 state electronics recycling laws, and therefore ineligible for sale. The Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC) urges retailers and consumer to check new brands for compliance with electronics recycling laws.

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We encourage everyone to check unfamiliar brands with state compliance lists in order level the playing field for all companies and ensure recycling programs under these laws are available for all. ” said Jason Linnell, Executive Director of the National

Parkersburg, WV (PRWEB) November 21, 2012

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains, consumers may be seeing unexpected brands on the latest deals for electronic devices. While many of these sales will offer savings to consumers, the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC) urges consumers and retailers to verify that the brand on their discounted tablet, TV, printer, computer or other electronic device is eligible for sale in their state. There are 24 states that cover require manufacturers to register or submit recycling plans prior to being able to sell their products in the state, but some brands fail to meet this critical obligation.

Televisions, computers, computer monitors, and printers are the most common products that require registration prior to sale. Unfortunately, some newer “bargain” brands are not always aware of these requirements or hope to neglect them. Retailers and other sellers in most of the states with mandatory programs have an obligation to check each state’s registration list to determine if a product can legally be sold in that state. Under many of the state laws, penalties can be assessed against the manufacturer, and in some cases the retailer, for failing to register or for selling unregistered brands in the state.

“We encourage everyone to check unfamiliar brands with state compliance lists in order level the playing field for all companies and ensure recycling programs under these laws are available for all. ” said Jason Linnell, Executive Director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling, which manages the ERCC. “If these Black Friday brands disappear from the market in the coming months that leaves fewer responsible companies to fund the recycling of their devices. ” The ERCC maintains a web page for consumers to be able to reference their state’s list to see if the product can legally be sold in their state.    If a consumer finds a brand for sale in their state that is not on their state list, the ERCC urges him or her to contact the ERCC or the state agency contacts listed on the website and note the seller.

Consumers and retailers in the following states can currently check the ERCC website to see if the brand is in fact registered and living up to its recycling obligations: Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. In some cases, a brand may already be designated as out of compliance due to failure to fulfill requirements under the state recycling law. The following page on the ERCC website lists each state with these requirements, the products that are covered, and links to the registered brand page. In addition, this page includes a link to the ERCC compilation of brands out of compliance in all states as of the end of October, 2012. http://www.ecycleclearinghouse.org/Content.aspx?pageid=103


Contact

  • JASON LINNELL
    National Center for Electronics Recycling
    (304) 699-1008
    Email