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Subject:    California E-Waste Updates: Implementing the Electronic Waste Recycling Act
Date Sent:    January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017

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:






#### Notice: UWED Handler Reports Due February 1, 2017 ####

Annual reports for universal waste electronic device (UWED) handlers are due to the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) by February 1, 2017 for any facility or location, including collection events, which accepted in 2016 more than 220 pounds of electronic waste from offsite sources (e.g., households, businesses, etc.). DTSC has posted general guidelines and frequently asked questions through a new notice on its E-waste Newsletter to assist with the submission of annual reports:

More information about handler notification and reporting requirements can be found at:

Note that the annual UWED reporting requirement should NOT be confused with the Net Cost Report discussed below.

#### Reminder: Net Cost Reports Due March 1, 2017 ####

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) reminds all approved collectors and recyclers in California’s covered electronic waste (CEW) recovery and recycling program of their obligation to calculate and submit Net Cost Reports for operations conducted in 2016.  Reports are due on or before March 1, 2017.  A Public Notice detailing the requirement can be found here:

CalRecycle recently sent emails to all approved collectors and recyclers reminding of the report requirement and inviting participants to submit their reports online. If you are an approved collector or recycler and did not receive this email, or have trouble accessing the CalRecycle online reporting portal, please contact the CEW program at

It is recognized that a growing number of non-CRT devices will enter the CEW recycling system in the coming years.  To augment its information gathering efforts, CalRecycle is seeking supplemental cost and revenue data specific to the management of non-CRT CEW. While separate CRT and non-CRT Net Cost Reports cannot be submitted through the online report system at this time, an expanded recycling net cost worksheet (Form 220B) to capture this information is available at the Net Cost Report website:

CalRecycle encourages all recyclers with detailed net cost information unique to non-CRT CEW recycling to review, complete, and submit this adjunct worksheet via email at

#### Status of New Designation Rules ####

On December 21, 2016, CalRecycle approved proposed emergency regulations to reform portions of the designated approved collector facet of the CEW recovery and recycling program.  CalRecycle is now preparing the rulemaking package for filing with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL).  Barring complications, the rules will become effective 10 days after filing with OAL. 

Local governments that have issued designations and approved collectors who hold a valid designation will need to issue and secure, respectively, new designations compliant with the new rules within five months of the effective date.  CalRecycle will post and publicize revised Proof of Designation forms to assist with this process.

The new rules seek to emphasize that the issuance of a designation is the prerogative and responsibility of the local government, and are intended to improve communication between designated approved collectors and designating local governments. 

More information about these rules is available at:

#### Finalizing Existing Emergency Rules and More ####

CalRecycle intends to present an agenda item at the January 24th Monthly Public Meeting seeking approval to initiate the formal rulemaking process to finalize two current emergency rule packages as well as modify and clarify other rules with in the CEW recovery and recycling program.  A placeholder Public Notice for that item can be found at:

Draft content of proposed rules was previously presented at a December 20, 2016 stakeholder workshop.  The Public Notice for that workshop, along with an agenda, presentation documents, draft proposed rules and guidance material, is posted at:

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

#### 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:
Pre-2005: ;

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



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