Since certain components of electronic devices may be considered hazardous due to heavy metal or other constituents, the end-of-life handling of some electronic discards is regulated by either federal (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act--RCRA) or State (Health and Safety Code) hazardous waste laws, or both. Regulations in Title 14, Division 7 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) were promulgated to implement the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, with primary departments being CalRecycle and Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC).
- Structure for Pursuing Multiple Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Payment Rates: CalRecycle will initiate the formal rulemaking process in order to finalize existing emergency regulations that provided a structure for pursuing multiple covered electronic waste (CEW) recycling payment rates.
Current Covered Electronic Waste Program Regulations
- Official CCR website: Browse the official online version of the CCR regulations pertaining to the Covered Electronic Waste Program.
- Unofficial E-Waste Regulations (PDF): This unofficial copy of the regulations is the latest implementation of the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (Act), Chapter 526, Statutes of 2003; as amended by Chapter 863, Statutes of 2004.”
- Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Fee Emergency Regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on October 4, 2021 (Previous action: October 8, 2019).
- Covered Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Payment Rates Emergency Regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on June 5, 2020 (Previous Action: June 28, 2018).
- Structure for Pursuing Multiple Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Payment Rates Emergency Regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on March 24, 2020. (Previous action: May 9, 2018).
- Designated Approved Collectors Emergency Regulations were readopted and approved by the Office of Administrative Law on March 5, 2019. (Previous action: March 16, 2017)
- Designated Approved Collectors Regulations: The Designated Approved Collectors Regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on July 3, 2020 and became effective on October 1, 2020.
- Regulations Amending the Electronic Waste Recycling Program were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on September 17, 2018 and became effective on October 1, 2018.
- DTSC CRT and CRT Glass Disposition Options regulations for electronic hazardous wastes were finalized and became effective October 22, 2018.
- Public Resources Code (42460-42486) outlines the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003.
- California's Health and Safety Code – Electronic Waste (Health and Safety Code Section 25214.9-25214.10.2, Article 10.3)
- SB 50 (Sher) was signed into law September 29, 2004 to clarify certain provisions of SB 20.
- SB 20 (Sher) was signed into law on September 25, 2003.
- CalRecycle rulemaking files contain the more important rulemaking documents, such as the Text of Proposed Regulations, Notice of Rulemaking, Initial and Final Statements of Reasons (ISOR/FSOR), Plain English Summary, Responses to Comments, and Final Text of Approved Regulations.
- DTSC Laws, Regulations, and Policies
- U.S. EPA has enacted an exclusion from the definition of solid waste which streamlines RCRA management requirements for used CRTs and glass removed from CRTs sent for recycling. (Note: California law may be more stringent than federal law.) U.S. EPA FAQ for regulation of used CRTs & CRT glass.