July 13, 2018
Dear Electronic Waste Stakeholder:
This listserv newsletter is an update on the implementation of California's Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (Act) regarding the management of Covered Electronic Wastes (CEW) and other electronic waste (e-waste) management developments in California.
In this issue:
2018 COVERED ELECTRONIC WASTE RECYCLING FEE AND CEW PROGRAM PROPOSED REGULATORY ACTION – REQUEST FOR APPROVAL
#### 2018 Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Fee ####
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has posted a Public Notice recommending that California’s covered electronic waste recycling fee be maintained at the current levels of $5, $6, and $7. The notice can be found at:
The covered electronic waste recycling fee, paid by consumers at the point of retail purchases of new covered electronic devices, funds various provisions of the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, as amended, including the covered electronic waste (CEW) recycling program and associated regulatory oversight. Based on an analysis of expenditure projections, revenue needs, and fund reserves, CalRecycle staff has proposed maintaining the fee levels unchanged.
Pursuant to statute, actions associated with the electronic waste recycling fee must be made as part of a public hearing on or before August 1. This hearing will be held as an agenda item at the CalRecycle Monthly Public Meeting on July 17, 2018. Public notice and full agenda for that meeting can be found at:
#### CEW Program Proposed Regulatory Action – Request for Approval ####
CalRecycle is scheduled to consider an agenda item at its July 17, 2018 Monthly Public Meeting seeking approval to adopt updated regulations that would amend aspects of current regulations governing the covered electronic waste (CEW) recycling payment program, as well as finalize related emergency rules adopted in 2015 and readopted in 2017. A Public Notice is posted on the CalRecycle website, which contains the Request for Approval and associated documents:
CalRecycle filed the proposed regulations affecting areas within Chapter 8.2 of Division 7 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for approval on February 9, 2018. The rules serve as a vehicle to finalize two existing emergency regulation packages that address: 1) the assessing of civil liabilities pursuant to the authority granted under Public Resources Code (PRC) section 42474, and 2) the management of treatment residuals derived from the dismantling of covered electronic waste (CEW). In addition to other general edits, the proposed rules will also amend and clarify aspects of definitions, applicability and limitations, documents and records, net cost reports, applications, prohibited activities, appeals, requirements for collectors and recyclers, claims, cancellation, and manufacturer payments.
OAL has recommended changes to the rulemaking file documents and associated regulations that necessitate an additional comment period. As a result, CalRecycle staff withdrew the regulatory package and revised the regulations. On June 21, 2018, CalRecycle initiated a 15-day comment period to receive comments to the new revisions, which ended on July 6, 2018.
Additional information about this rulemaking can be found at:
Information on the July 17, 2018 Monthly Public Meeting can be found at:
#### Other Resources ####
Covered Electronic Waste (CEW) Recycling Program Information: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/CEW
CEW Recycling Payment System Regulations: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/RegInfo
DTSC Universal Waste Electronics Handler and Recycler Information: www.dtsc.ca.gov/HazardousWaste/EWaste
California Statutes and Bills, including Public Resources Code (PRC) and Health and Safety Code (HSC): www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov
Please note that e-mail correspondence with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) related to e-waste management in general, and implementation of the Electronic Waste Recycling Act in particular, should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you for your interest in shaping California's e-waste management future.
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