California-based electronics manufacturer ViewSonic has agreed to settle a $10,000 fine from the Washington Department of Ecology. The fine was initially issued in September 2015, after ViewSonic failed to pay invoices for the E-Cycle Washington program. The company disputed the assessment for the program calculated by Ecology, but did later pay the invoices in full.
E-Cycle, which allows Washington residents to recycle televisions, computers and other equipment at no charge, is a product stewardship program, meaning that manufacturers must make provisions for recycling or safely disposing of their products when they wear out or become obsolete. Under state law, manufacturers are required to pay for a portion of program costs based on their market share.
The settlement agreement reduces the fine to $500 if payment is received by Feb. 22. Ecology agreed to the reduced amount because ViewSonic has already paid the overdue invoices and the violation did not have the potential to cause environmental damage.