On October 8, 2019, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved emergency regulations governing the covered electronic waste (CEW) recycling fee. Pursuant to Public Resources Code section 42464(f), no more frequently than annually, and no less frequently than biennially, CalRecycle has the responsibility to assess the adequacy of the CEW recycling fee to generate sufficient revenues to fund the operation and administration of the CEW Recycling Program. Adjustments to the fee that are made on or before August 1 shall apply to the calendar year beginning the following January 1.
The emergency regulations adjusted the CEW recycling fee assessed on consumers at the point of retail purchase of a new covered electronic device (CED) to the following levels:
- Four dollars ($4) for each CED with a screen size of less than 15 inches measured diagonally.
- Five dollars ($5) for each CED with a screen size greater than or equal to 15 inches but less than 35 inches measured diagonally.
- Six dollars ($6) for each CED with a screen size greater than or equal to 35 inches measured diagonally.
Affected Regulatory Code Sections
California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Division 7, Chapter 8.2, Article 2.6, commencing with Section 18660.40.
Stakeholders had the opportunity to provide input in response to past listserv notices as well as during the June 18, 2019 CalRecycle public monthly meeting.
Current Status and Documents
The CEW Recycling Program's current regulations, statutes, and historical documents can be found on our Regulations, Statutes, and Related Information page.
- On June 17, 2019, CalRecycle's director approved the proposed cover electronic waste recycling fee levels and associated emergency regulatory language. CalRecycle presented the proposed covered electronic waste recycling fee levels and associated
emergency regulations at CalRecycle’s June monthly meeting. A copy of the signed Request for Approval, the proposed regulatory language, and other supporting documents can be found on our Public Notice: Approval of 2019 Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Fee page.