California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Electronic Waste Management

Retailer Information & Electronic Waste Recycling Fee

California has enacted landmark legislation establishing a funding system for the collection and recycling of certain electronic wastes. 

Key elements of the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 that affect product retailers include:

  • Requirements on manufacturers to notify retailers regarding scope of covered products.
  • The collection of an electronic waste recycling fee at the retail point of sale of covered products.
  • Requirements to remit collected fees to the State to fund the cost of collecting and recycling certain electronic wastes.

Starting January 1, 2005, retailers collect the Electronic Waste Recycling Fee on covered electronic devices from consumers. Retailers remit these fees to the Board of Equalization (BOE). The latest information on the Electronic Waste Recycling Fee program, including the retailer registration form and fee remittance deadlines, are available at the BOE website.

Electronic Waste Recycling Fee
Categories 2005 to 2008 2009 to 2010 2011 to 2012 January 1, 2013 Forward
More than four inches but less than 15 inches $6 $8 $6 $3
At least 15 inches but less than 35 inches $8 $16 $8 $4
35 inches or more $10 $25 $10 $5

As CalRecycle works, in consultation with BOE, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and others, to administer this important legislation, more information will be available through this website. Note that any guidance provided by CalRecycle should not substitute for careful reading of the original statute or subsequent regulations.

Last updated: April 9, 2015
Electronic Discards http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/
Contact: EWaste@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6269