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Subject:    California E-Waste Updates: Implementing the Electronic Waste Recycling Act
Date Sent:    December 14, 2016

December 14, 2016

Dear Electronic Waste Stakeholder:

This electronic newsletter is an update on the implementation of California's Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (Act) and other electronic waste (e-waste) management developments in California. 

In this issue:





#### CEW Program Rulemaking – Designated Approved Collectors (REVISED) ####

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is scheduled to consider an agenda item at it December 20, 2016 Monthly Public Meeting seeking approval to file proposed regulations with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on the topic of Designated Approved Collectors.  A Public Notice containing additional information, including a revised version of the proposed rules, is posted on the CalRecycle website at:

Only covered electronic waste (CEW) originating from a California source is eligible for payment in the CEW recovery and recycling payment system.  Existing regulations specify the documentation required to demonstrate CEW eligibility.  Approved collectors that are California local governments, or the Designated Approved Collector providing service to a California local government, are relieved of certain source documentation requirements.  The proposed rules would clarify aspects of the Designated Approved Collector provision, including the definition of local government and the respective roles of local government and Designated Approved Collectors, as well as the connections to the annual Form 303 HHW reporting requirements.

The revisions address those circumstances when information contained in an existing Proof of Designation needs to be modified due to changes at the Local Government or Designated Approved Collector level.

CalRecycle intends to adopt the proposed rules as emergency regulations pursuant to Public Resources Code 42475.2.  Once approved by OAL, the rules would remain in effect for two years, or until they are adopted as final regulations, whichever comes first.

Information on the December 20, 2016 Monthly Public Meeting can be found at:

#### Pre-Rulemaking Workshop – Finalizing Existing Emergency Rules and More ####

Also on December 20, 2016, CalRecycle will hold an informal pre-rulemaking workshop relating to other aspects of the CEW program in particular and the Electronic Waste Recycling Act in general.  The workshop is scheduled to begin at 1:30PM, however morning meeting scheduled for the same room possibly will run long.  The workshop will begin as promptly as possible.

The workshop will cover a range of affected areas within Chapter 8.2 of Division 7 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, primarily serving as a vehicle to finalize two existing emergency regulation packages adopted in 2015 that address: 1) the assessing of civil liabilities pursuant to the authority granted under Public Resources Code (PRC) 42474, et al, and 2) the management of treatment residuals derived from the dismantling of CEW.  In addition to other general edits, the proposed rules are also proposing to clarify aspects of definitions, applicability, limitations, documents and records, net cost reports, applications, prohibited activities, appeals, requirements for collectors and recyclers, claims, cancellation, and manufacturer payments.     

A Public Notice for this workshop, along with draft proposed rules and guidance material, is posted at:

#### Other Resources ####

Covered Electronic Waste (CEW) Recycling Program Information:

CEW Recycling Payment System Regulations:

DTSC Universal Waste Electronics Handler and Recycler Information:

Information Relative to Fundamental CRT Management -- DTSC Regulations:

California Statutes and Bills, including Public Resources Code (PRC) and Health and Safety Code (HSC):


Please note that e-mail correspondence with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) related to e-waste management in general, and implementation of the Electronic Waste Recycling Act in particular, should be directed to

Also note that an archive of past distributions of this newsletter is available at: ;

Thank you for your interest in shaping California's e-waste management future.



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