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Electronic Waste Takeback Program

Contact: Steve Noble 517-284-6589


Electronic Waste Takeback Program The Electronic Waste Takeback Program was established in 2008 as part of a law promoting electronic waste recycling.

The law requires:


Manufacturers who are selling new TVs and computers in Michigan must: 

  • Register with the Department of Environmental Quality
  • Have an electronic recycling (takeback) program-free and convenient for households and small businesses (less than 10 employees)
  • Maintain a Web site and otherwise inform consumers how to recycle TVs and computers
  • Submit annual information about their takeback program (number of units collected, names of collection or recycling agencies involved)


Retailers must: 

  • Sell ONLY new computers and TVs produced by registered manufacturers
A retailer may not offer for sale a covered electronic device in the state of Michigan per Section 17303 unless the brand owner of the device is in compliance with the requirements of Act 451, Part 173, Electronics. 

A covered electronic device includes but is not limited to desktop computers, laptop computers, monitors, tablets, televisions and printers. Here is an explanation of the term Covered Electronic Device.   

DEQ generates a registered brands list based on registrations received, reviewed and determined to be administratively complete. This is the currently registered brands and the associated manufacturers.  The list is updated 6 times a year as companies complete the registration process outlined by the Michigan Electronics Takeback Program, Act 451, Part 173.

Recyclers of TVs and computers must: 
  • Register with the Department of Environmental Quality 
  • Comply with federal and state recycling laws 
  • Annually report the amount of recycled material and the names and locations of recycling facilities under their direct control in Michigan who processed the recycled equipment.


Registration Forms:

Electronic Waste Recycler Registration Form  

Electronic Manufacturer Registration Form 


FY 2015 information: 

2015 Registered Recyclers

2015 Registered Manufacturers 
  FY 2014 information: 

2014 Registered Recyclers

2014 Registered Manufacturers


FY 2013 information: 

2013 Registered Recyclers

2013 Registered Manufacturers 


Additional Information:

Law: Part 173, Electronics, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (Act 451)

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Information on Electronic Waste Reuse and Recycling    

2011 DEQ Report on Part 173 Fees 

2013 DEQ Report on Part 173 Fees