California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Electronic Waste Management

Electronic Waste Recycling Fee

One of the key elements of the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 that affects product retailers and consumers is the Electronic Waste Recycling Fee, which is assessed on the sale, as defined, of covered electronic devices (CED).

On January 1, 2005, retailers began collecting 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 on the BOE website. Retailers can also subscribe to receive periodic e-mail notices from BOE about the program.

On July 17, 2012, CalRecycle conducted a public meeting that described the condition of the Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Account (EWRRA), the rate of payments to Recyclers, and projections of program growth and set the fee rates as shown below.

Revised Electronic Waste Recycling Fee Amount
Viewable Screen Size (measured diagonally) Electronic Waste Recycling Fee
(effective January 1, 2011 to
December 31, 2012)
Electronic Waste Recycling Fee
(effective January 1, 2013
Greater than 4 inches and less than 15 inches $6 $3
Equal to or greater than 15 inches and less than 35 inches $8 $4
35 inches and larger $10 $5

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

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Last updated: January 11, 2013
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