Virginia's Computer Recovery and Recycling Act (2008)

Legislation was passed in 2008 to require a computer manufacturer that in any calendar year manufactured or had manufactured computer equipment in excess of 500 units which were sold (or offered for sale) in Virginia under its brand or license to implement a recovery/recycling plan for those computers at no charge to the consumer. Information on the legislation, and its requirements on computer manufacturers, can be found beginning at Section 10.1-1425.27 and continuing through Section 10.1-1425.38 of the Code of Virginia.

The Act went into effect July 1, 2009. Each manufacturer must have on file with DEQ its recovery plan in order to sell its products in Virginia after this date of the legislation. If a manufacturer's recovery plan was not in place (and on file with DEQ) by this date, the manufacturer's computers can not be sold in the state.

Computer Manufacturer Registration Form is available for downloading and submittal to DEQ.   

Manufacturers have notified DEQ of a qualified plan posted on their web sites:   Many of the manufacturers have mail-in programs available at no cost to the consumer (Clicking on the manufacturer's name will take you to their specific program web site and direction on how to use its recovery and recycling network)

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Reported Amounts

For calendar year 2017, computer manufacturers reported 1,712,479 lbs (856 tons) of computer and related electronics collected for reuse and recycling from Virginia. 

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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