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Primary State Environmental Agency: California Environmental Protection Agency

California E-Waste Laws

  • Name of Law: SB 20
  • Legislative Summary: California has an Advanced Recovery Fee system where consumers pay a fee (currently $8, $16, or $25 depending on size of the screen) at the point of purchase to the retailers. Retailers would then send the fee money to the State Board of Equalization which deposits the fees into a state recycling fund called the Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Account. The State, specifically CalRecycle department, uses the fees to reimburse recyclers ($0.28/lb) and collectors ($0.20/lb) who submit receipts showing they have collected covered devices from state residents. California also has a disposal ban. Source: Campaign for Recycling.
  • Applicable to Businesses: Yes

E-Waste Information Pages

Contact Information

More Information

  • Electronic Product Management
  • Plug-In To eCycling with US EPA is a partnership between EPA and consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and service providers that offers you more opportunities to donate or recycle your used electronics.
  • The Electronics Takeback Coalition. This site will show you which states have e-waste recycling programs and laws and has links to them all. Included in the site is a great summary of which states collect the most e-waste in pounds per capita.
  • National Electronics Recycling Infrastructure Clearinghouse. The National Electronics Recycling Infrastructure Clearinghouse (NERIC) was begun in early 2006 to conduct research and education on electronics recycling systems.
  • Donating Old Computers and Electronic Products
  • U.S. EPA CRT Rule (Hazardous Waste Management System; Modification of the Hazardous Waste Program; Cathode Ray Tubes, 40 CFR Parts 9, 260, 261, and 271).
  • Earth911 includes an e-waste and recycling section.
  • Universal Waste State Resource Locator. Links to your specific state‚Äôs resources on Universal Waste Regulations.
  • Sony Road to Zero. Sony, an EPA Plug-In To eCycling Partner, has teamed up with Waste Management, Inc. to offer their customers the opportunity to recycle their used Sony electronics for free. Other brands of TVs can also be recycled at selected Waste Management locations for a fee.
  • National Recycling Coalition. With an easy to navigate hyperlinked map, this page provides links to state recycling resources. Many local communities have special collection/recycling days that are highlighted on their Web sites.



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