California enacted the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (SB 20, Sher, Chapter 526, Statutes of 2003) and associated regulations to establish a funding system for the collection and recycling of certain electronic wastes. The covered electronic waste (CEW) recovery and recycling program is intended to provide convenient opportunities for all Californians to properly manage unwanted electronics.
Visit the Regulations, Statutes, and Related Information page to access the full history and text of CalRecycle statute and regulations.
Key Elements of the Act
- Manufacturer: Limits on hazardous substances used in certain electronic products sold in California.
- Electronic Waste Recycling Fee: Collection of an electronic waste recycling fee at the point of retail sale of certain products remitted to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA).
- Collector and Recycler: Disbursement of recovery and recycling payments to qualified entities covering the average cost of covered electronic waste collection and recycling.
Implementing the Act
The Act required CalRecycle and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), in coordination with a range of stakeholders, to implement the various aspects of the law within specified timeframes.
A timeline showing key milestone dates as currently defined by statute and regulation. Note that dates may change if laws are amended. Please refer to the legislation and regulation information page for more details.
Workshops have periodically been held to inform stakeholders and other interested parties about the Act from the signing of the law on September 24, 2003, through the implementation of the CEW program and up to present day.
A compilation of Stakeholder input on the implementation of the Act is also available.
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