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Subject:    California E-Waste Updates: Implementing the Electronic Waste Recycling Act
Date Sent:    February 28, 2017

February 28, 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:




#### Reminder: CEW Net Cost Reporting Due March 1 ####

Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) reminds all approved collectors and recyclers in California’s covered electronic waste (CEW) recovery and recycling program that the due date to calculate and submit Net Cost Reports for operations conducted in 2016 is March 1, 2017. 

Net Cost Reports, required pursuant to Title 14 of the California Code or Regulations (CCR), section 18660.10, are intended to describe the costs and revenues associated with the handling of CEW within the scope of the CEW program.  Information derived from the reports is considered during recovery and recycling payment rate decisions.  Under current statute, recovery and recycling payments rates may next be adjusted in 2018.

More information about the Net Cost Report can be found at:

CalRecycle appreciates that the net costs of managing different types of CEW may vary widely between device categories.  To complement the information contained in basic Net Cost Reports, CalRecycle encourages recyclers of all categories of CEW to consider providing studies and reports that clarify the unique net costs associated with handling, dismantling, and managing residuals from non-CRT CEW.  While Net Cost Reports are due on or before March 1, CalRecycle is happy to receive additional information relating to the cost and challenges of CEW management at any time.


#### 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 supporting documents is posted here:


A 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?

In addition to in-person participation, this workshop anticipates using a more interactive webinar format intended to allow for better real-time engagement with remote participants. More information, including webinar registration instructions, will be posted soon via the Public Notice and announced via this listserv.  In the meantime, please RSVP to to let us know you are interested.

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


#### 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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