Minnesota's CRT Ban: July 2006

Minnesota's disposal ban on electronic products containing a cathode-ray tube (CRT) went into effect on July 1, 2006.

Binary Data Cathode-ray tube prohibition (115A.9565)


Effective July 1, 2006, a person may not place in mixed municipal solid waste an electronic product containing a cathode-ray tube.

HIST: 2003 c 128 art 1 s 129; 1Sp2005 c 1 art 2 s 132


Why CRTs?

CRTs are considered the largest single source of lead in Minnesota's municipal waste, containing 5-8 pounds of lead per unit. Lead makes up approximately 20% of each CRT. The ban will keep toxic lead out of landfills and will increase the amount of materials being recycled.

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  • 2003: The Minnesota Legislature passed a law to ban the disposal, as garbage, of electronics containing a CRT.
  • 2005: Legislation was passed that delayed implementation of that ban by one year (July 1, 2006). The ban was delayed by one year in order to consider management strategies for waste electronics and address concerns from local government regarding the costs to establish comprehensive electronics recycling programs.

    The 2005 legislation also established a Waste Management Task Force to examine potential statewide systems to manage electronic waste among other issues. The task force, to be composed of legislators, will develop findings and recommendations and report to the House and Senate Environment Committees by January 15, 2006.
  • July 1, 2006, Minnesota's CRT disposal ban went into effect statewide.

Other states with a CRT ban

California adopted regulations to ensure proper collection and recycling of CRTs. Ban took effect in 2002.

Maine has banned CRTs and CRT-containing devices from disposal at solid waste disposal facilities, effective January 1, 2006.

Massachusetts implemented a ban due to the rapidly increasing share of CRTs being generated as solid waste. Ban took effect in 2000.

New Hampshire will prohibit disposing of video display devices (including CRTs) in solid waste landfills or incinerators after July 1, 2007. This bill also requires the state Department of Environmental Services to monitor the disposal of electronic waste.

Rhode Island's Electronic Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling Act (July 2006) bans electronics (including CRTs) from landfill beginning in July 2008. The law also requires the Department of Environmental Management, in consultation with stakeholders, to “develop a plan for implanting and financing a program that addresses the collection, recycling and reuse of covered electronic products from all covered electronic product generators in the state.”