Manufacturers of "video display devices" (VDDs) sold to Minnesota households must annually register and pay an E-Waste Registration Fee to the state. The Manufacturers must also purchase recycled "covered electronic devices" (CEDs) equal to 80 percent (by weight) of their household sales in Minnesota for the year. Otherwise, they pay a higher fee.
For details on what devices are covered by these requirements, see What is a VDD? and What is a CED? on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website (MPCA).
VDD manufacturers must pay the registration fee to the Department of Revenue each year by the first business day in September. Unregistered manufacturers can't sell their brands of VDDs to Minnesota households through retailers or other methods.
The E-Waste fee is $2,500 or $1,250 for manufacturers with fewer than 100 VDDS sold in Minnesota- plus a variable recycling fee if they don't meet the 80 percent recycling requirement.
If a manufacturer exceeds their 80 percent requirement, the excess is carried over as a recycling credit that can be used for future years. As of July 2009, a manufacturer can use this carryover credit to meet up to 25 percent of its annual recycling obligation. The credits don't expire, and the manufacturer may sell them to another manufacturer, if desired.