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S.B. 184





Chief Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

House Sponsor: Michael E. Noel

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts provisions related to consumer electronic device collection and
             10      recycling programs and consumer electronic device manufacturers.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    prohibits a manufacturer from offering a consumer electronic device for sale in the
             15      state unless the manufacturer meets certain reporting requirements to the
             16      Department of Environmental Quality;
             17          .    requires the Department of Environmental Quality to report on the manufacturer's
             18      reporting to the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim
             19      Committee and the Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee;
             20          .    prohibits a manufacturer from offering a consumer electronic device for sale in the
             21      state unless the manufacturer establishes and implements a public education
             22      program on collection and recycling programs; and
             23          .    authorizes a local government to enter into an arrangement with a manufacturer to
             24      facilitate consumer electronics recycling.
             25      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:

             28          None
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             30      ENACTS:
             31          19-6-1201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          19-6-1202, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          19-6-1203, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34          19-6-1204, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35          19-6-1205, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             37      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             38          Section 1. Section 19-6-1201 is enacted to read:
Part 12. Disposal of Electronic Waste Program

             40          19-6-1201. Title.
             41          This part is known as the "Disposal of Electronic Waste Program."
             42          Section 2. Section 19-6-1202 is enacted to read:
             43          19-6-1202. Definitions.
             44          As used in this part:
             45          (1) "Collection":
             46          (a) means the aggregation of consumer electronic devices from consumers; and
             47          (b) includes all the activities up to the time a consumer electronic device is delivered to
             48      a recycler.
             49          (2) (a) "Computer" means an electronic, magnetic, optical, electrochemical, or other
             50      high-speed data processing device performing a logical, arithmetic, or storage function,
             51      including:
             52          (i) a laptop computer;
             53          (ii) a desktop computer; or
             54          (iii) a tablet computer.
             55          (b) "Computer" includes the following permanently affixed to or incorporated into a
             56      device described in Subsection (2)(a):
             57          (i) a cable cord;
             58          (ii) permanent wiring;

             59          (iii) a central processing unit; or
             60          (iv) a monitor.
             61          (c) "Computer" does not include an automated typewriter or typesetter, a portable
             62      hand-held calculator, a portable digital assistant, a server, or similar device.
             63          (3) "Consumer" means a person who owns or uses a covered electronic device that is
             64      purchased primarily for personal or home business use.
             65          (4) "Consumer electronic device" means the following products sold to a consumer:
             66          (a) a computer;
             67          (b) a computer peripheral;
             68          (c) a television; or
             69          (d) a television peripheral.
             70          (5) "Eligible program" means a collection, reuse, or recycling system for a consumer
             71      electronic device, including:
             72          (a) a system by which a manufacturer, manufacturer's designee, or other private entity
             73      offers a consumer an option to return a consumer electronic device by mail;
             74          (b) a system using a physical collection site that a manufacturer, manufacturer's
             75      designee, or other private or public entity provides for a consumer to return a covered
             76      consumer electronic device; or
             77          (c) a system that uses a collection event held by a manufacturer, manufacturer's
             78      designee, or other private or public entity at which a consumer may return a consumer
             79      electronic device.
             80          (6) "Manufacturer" means a person who:
             81          (a) manufactures a consumer electronic device under a brand the person owns or is
             82      licensed to use;
             83          (b) sells a consumer electronic device manufactured by others under a brand the person
             84      owns or is licensed to use; or
             85          (c) assumes the responsibilities and obligations of a person described in Subsection
             86      (6)(a) or (b).
             87          (7) "Peripheral" means a keyboard, printer, or other device that:
             88          (a) is sold exclusively for external use with a television or computer; and
             89          (b) provides input into or output from a television or computer.

             90          (8) (a) "Recycling" means the process of collecting and preparing electronic products
             91      for:
             92          (i) use in a manufacturing process; or
             93          (ii) recovery of reusable materials followed by delivery of reusable materials for use.
             94          (b) "Recycling" does not include destruction by incineration, waste-to-energy
             95      incineration, or other similar processes or land disposal.
             96          (9) "Reuse" means electronic waste:
             97          (a) that is tested and determined to be in good working order; and
             98          (b) that is removed from the waste stream to use for the same purpose for which it was
             99      manufactured, including the continued use of the whole system or components.
             100          (10) (a) "Sell" or "sale" means any transfer for consideration of title or of the right to
             101      use by lease or sales contract of a consumer electronic device to a consumer.
             102          (b) "Sell" or "sale" does not include:
             103          (i) the sale, resale, lease, or transfer of used consumer electronic devices; or
             104          (ii) a manufacturer's or a distributor's wholesale transaction with a distributor or retailer
             105      involving a consumer electronic device.
             106          (11) "Television" means a display system primarily intended to receive video
             107      programming via broadcast, cable, or satellite transmission.
             108          Section 3. Section 19-6-1203 is enacted to read:
             109          19-6-1203. Reporting requirements.
             110          (1) On or after July 1, 2011, a manufacturer may not offer a consumer electronic device
             111      for sale in the state unless the manufacturer, either individually or through the manufacturer's
             112      industry trade group, prepares and submits, subject to Subsection (2), a report on or before
             113      October 1 of each year to the department.
             114          (2) The report required under Subsection (1):
             115          (a) shall include a list of eligible programs, subject to Subsection (3); and
             116          (b) may include:
             117          (i) an existing collection, transportation, or recycling system for a consumer electronic
             118      device; and
             119          (ii) an eligible program offered by:
             120          (A) a consumer electronic device recycler;

             121          (B) a consumer electronic device repair shop;
             122          (C) a recycler of other commodities;
             123          (D) a reuse organization;
             124          (E) a not-for-profit corporation;
             125          (F) a retailer; or
             126          (G) another similar operation, including a local government collection event.
             127          (3) The list required in Subsection (2)(a) may be in the form of a geographic map
             128      identifying the type and location of an eligible program.
             129          (4) The department shall:
             130          (a) compile the report required under Subsection (1); and
             131          (b) beginning on December 31, 2012, submit annually on or before December 31 the
             132      compiled report to the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee
             133      and the Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee.
             134          Section 4. Section 19-6-1204 is enacted to read:
             135          19-6-1204. Public education program.
             136          (1) Effective January 1, 2012, a manufacturer may not offer a consumer electronic
             137      device for sale in the state unless the manufacturer individually or through the manufacturer's
             138      industry trade group establishes and implements, in accordance with Subsection (2), a public
             139      education program regarding the eligible programs.
             140          (2) (a) The public education program required under Subsection (1) shall:
             141          (i) inform a consumer about eligible programs; and
             142          (ii) use manufacturer-developed customer outreach materials, such as packaging
             143      inserts, company websites, and other communication methods, to inform a consumer about
             144      eligible programs.
             145          (b) A manufacturer described in Subsection (1) shall work with the department and
             146      other interested parties to develop educational materials that inform consumers about an
             147      eligible program.
             148          Section 5. Section 19-6-1205 is enacted to read:
             149          19-6-1205. Local government arrangement.
             150          If a local government enters into an arrangement with a manufacturer to facilitate
             151      consumer electronics recycling in accordance with this part, the local government may enter

             152      into the arrangement without requiring a request for proposal or similar competitive
             153      procurement process required by law.

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