California has enacted landmark legislation establishing a funding system for the collection and recycling of certain electronic wastes.

The Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, as amended, requires 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.

Below is 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 for complete information.

Date Event
January 1After this date, jurisdictions must identify e-waste management activities in any revision to their Household Hazardous Waste Elements (HHWE).
April 1Manufacturers shall inform retailers of products sold that are covered by the act.
July 1Unlawful to sell covered electronic device unless manufacturer is in compliance with act.
July 1CalRecycle/DTSC to establish electronic waste recovery and recycling payment schedule.
January 1
July 1Manufacturers submit reports to CalRecycle detailing (1) number of covered devices sold in California and (2) amount of specified materials contained in products.
July 1CalRecycle/DTSC review and adjust, as necessary, the electronic waste recycling fee.
July 1Manufacturers must make electronic waste management information available to consumers.
July 1State agencies to establish environmental purchasing criteria for certain electronic products.
December 5Emergency regulations revised.
July 1CalRecycle/DTSC to reestablish electronic waste recovery and recycling payment schedule.
July 1

CalRecycle adopted final regulations.

August 1CalRecycle/DTSC to review adequacy of electronic waste recycling fee level.
NovemberFinal regulations take effect.
January 1DTSC regulations forbidding sale of devices containing materials prohibited by EU Directive 2002/95/EC may become effective.
December 31Targeted date by which to eliminate electronic waste stockpiles and legacy devices.

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