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Subject:    California E-Waste Updates: Implementing the Electronic Waste Recycling Act
Date Sent:    February 16, 2017
From:    EWaste@calrecycle.ca.gov
Message:   

February 16, 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. 


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In this issue:


WORKSHOP NOTICE -- FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC WASTE MANAGEMENT IN CALIFORNIA, PART 2


REGULATORY HEARING POSTPONED


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#### Workshop Notice -- Future of Electronic Waste Management in California, Part 2 ####


The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) will hold a second stakeholder workshop in relation to its “Future of Electronic Waste Management in California” project.  This event, scheduled for the morning of March 15, 2017, follows on the first workshop held in September 2016.  A Public Notice containing details for the upcoming event is posted here:


http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Actions/PublicNoticeDetail.aspx?id=1953&aiid=1783


The September workshop presented panelists who shared their perspectives on the current state of electronic waste management in California and what should be considered as the state looks towards an increasingly complex future electronic waste stream. That workshop also included breakout sessions to individually explore different approaches that could be used in the future.


The upcoming March 15 workshop intends to build on the somewhat theoretical discussions of last September by focusing on a more tangible possibility: the addition of a new device into the mix of covered devices currently addressed by California law. Workshop participants will explore what it would look like to add printers to a California electronic waste management program using differing administrative and operational approaches.


Printers were selected for these hypothetical scenarios because they are frequently mentioned when discussing expansion of the covered electronic waste program.  Please note that this selection does NOT represent a CalRecycle proposal to add printers to the electronic waste recycling system.  Instead, the intent is to open a dialog regarding issues that would need to be considered under any particular approach.  Specifically what would it take to add printers under the current framework established via the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003?  What would need to be addressed if printers were to be managed under a different framework, such as a product stewardship approach?


This workshop anticipates using a more interactive webinar format intended to allow for better real-time engagement with remote participants. More information, including agenda, background document, and webinar instructions, will be posted soon via the Public Notice and announced via this listserv.


General information about the “Future of Electronic Waste Management in California” project, including links to past workshops and activities, can be found here:


http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/Future/Default.htm



#### Regulatory Hearing Postponed ####


CalRecycle is postponing a previously scheduled public hearing relating to a formal rulemaking that addresses existing emergency rules as well as other aspects of the covered electronic waste (CEW) recycling program.  That hearing was scheduled for the afternoon of March 15, 2017.  The Public Notice associated with this event has been updated:


http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Actions/PublicNoticeDetail.aspx?id=1978&aiid=1804


Review and finalization of required documents, including the Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR) and an Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement, make the timing of the original hearing date infeasible.  CalRecycle will reschedule the public hearing to better coincide with the required 45-day public comment period that begins after the proposed rule package is filed with the Office of Administrative Law.


For more information about this rulemaking effort, please refer to the Public Notice that was associated with the January 24, 2017 Request for Approval:


http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Actions/PublicNoticeDetail.aspx?id=1994&aiid=1818


In summary, the proposed regulations will affect areas within Chapter 8.2 of Division 7 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations.  They will serve as a vehicle to finalize two existing emergency regulation packages that 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 will also amend and 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. 


  


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#### Other Resources ####


Covered Electronic Waste (CEW) Recycling Program Information:
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/Act2003/


CEW Recycling Payment System Regulations:
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Laws/Regulations/Title14/Chap08pt2/default.htm


DTSC Universal Waste Electronics Handler and Recycler Information:
http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/HazardousWaste/EWaste/


Information Relative to Fundamental CRT Management -- DTSC Regulations:
http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/LawsRegsPolicies/Regs/CRT_Glass_Disposal.cfm


California Statutes and Bills, including Public Resources Code (PRC) and Health and Safety Code (HSC):
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/


 
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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 ewaste@calrecycle.ca.gov


Also note that an archive of past distributions of this newsletter is available at:
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/listservs/archive/?ListID=10
Pre-2005:
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/Act2003/Stakeholder/Updates/ ;


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


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Note: In January 2010, the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) became CalRecycle, and some web pages were moved, therefore you may encounter broken links in some of these archived messages. You may be able to find the page using this listing: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Help/MergerMap.htm.

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