On September 24, 2003, the Electronic Waste Recycling Act established a funding system for the collection and recycling of certain electronic wastes. The California Integrated Waste Management Board subsequently adopted regulations to implement portions of this statute. The program is now implemented by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

Manufacturer Requirements

  • Notification of Retailers
    Requirements to notify retailers concerning covered products. The notice shall identify the electronic device and shall inform the retailer that the electronic device is a covered electronic device and is subject to a recycling fee.
  • Manufacturer Reports
    Requirements to report on sales volumes, an estimated average of hazardous substances included in each device, an estimate of the total tons of recyclable content materials used and the design for recycling by brand name for all Covered Electronic Devices sold in California. These reports are due by July 1 annually.
  • Consumer Recycling Information
    Requirements to provide information to consumers that describes where and how to return, recycle, and dispose of the covered electronic device and opportunities and locations for the collection or return of the device.
  • Manufacturer Take-Back Payment System
    This requirement applies to manufacturers intending to participate in the Covered Electronic Waste (CEW) Payment System.

As CalRecycle, in consultation with the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), continues to implement this important legislation, more information will be available through this website. Note that any guidance provided by CalRecycle should not substitute for careful reading of the original statue or subsequent regulations. Interested parties are encouraged to check back often, or subscribe to an e-mail newsletter to be kept apprised of developments and events.