On September 24, 2003, landmark legislation 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).

Key elements of the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 that affect product manufacturers include:

  • Requirements to notify retailers concerning covered products.
  • The collection of an electronic waste recycling fee at the point of sale of certain products.
  • Requirements to report on sales volumes and hazardous substances used in certain electronic products sold in California.
  • Providing information to consumers on recycling opportunities.

Manufacturer Reports for the previous calendar year are due by July 1 of each year. Guidance on manufacturer annual reporting requirements is available.

Information on the manufacturer take-back payment system is also available.

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 statute 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.

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