A bill in the Arizona legislature would make solar panel recycling mandatory in the state. The measure would establish a landfill ban on solar panels and electric vehicle batteries and require them to be recycled at approved processing sites.
The bill would also implement a $5 per panel fee on the seller or lease grantor of the products, unless the manufacturer of the panel has a recycling program that accepts and processes panels. The requirement would pertain to solar panels in residential, commercial, and industrial use.
Fees would be collected as a tax by the state, and the money would be used to pay recycling facilities that process solar panels not covered by a manufacturer’s recycling program.