The Manufacturer’s Coalition for Responsible Recycling (Coalition) is a group of electronics companies that have come together out of a belief that the Advanced Recovery Fee (ARF) is the best approach to financing management of end-of-life electronics at the state and national levels.
Coalition companies include major manufacturers in the consumer electronics sector including the major manufacturers of televisions, as well as personal computer and monitor manufacturers/sellers such as IBM, Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, JVC and Samsung.
The Coalition companies have been active participants in the development of end-of-life management systems in Europe, Japan and elsewhere, each with different conditions and stakeholder interests. The Coalition members are committed to developing the best system for the U.S., and many were active participants in the National Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI) dialogue.
Also, many have provided funding for collection events and other pilot initiatives. While Coalition members continue to prefer a national resolution to this issue, the inability to reach agreement on a national system leads us to propose a system for implementation at the state level that will work effectively and can transition to an eventual national system.
This paper describes an ARF-financed recycling system for electronic products that is managed by a shared responsibility framework and designed for state implementation.
This proposal is modeled on the system developed in the NEPSI dialogues. Part 1 describes the proposed system including its benefits and drawbacks. 1.1 Background 1.2 Summary of the Proposed System 1.3 Primary Benefits and Drawbacks 1.4 Detailed Description, including Recommended State Implementation Provisions.
Part 2 provides the Coalition’s view of producer responsibility.
Part 3 concludes and summarizes the main arguments.
Part 4 will consist of attachments to provide greater detail on special issues. They are not attached to this document and are available upon request. 4.1 Model state legislation 4.2 Status of the NEPSI Dialogue and the NEPSI Model 4.3 Responses to Critiques of the ARF Approach 4.4 The Private Third-Party Organization – Rationale and Implementation Details 4.5 EPEAT – Incentivizing Environmental Design through the Market 4.6 Performance Measures