Advance disposal fee surfaces

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 11, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

AB 1535 (Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael) has been amended.  The earlier version put a $6 recycling fee on personal computers at the point of sale, to be collected by the retailer, The amended bill now places the fee on the manufacturers of electronic devices sold in California that do not meet the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) standards.  

According to an analysis done by the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, charging manufacturers instead of retailers simplifies fee collection by the State Board of Equalization since they would only have to deal with about a 100 manufacturers versus 2600 retailers.  

If manufacturers have products that meet the RoHS standards, they must certify their compliance for an exemption from the fee.  

The bill defines "electronic devices" as video display devices with a screen size greater than four inches and considered by the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) to contain hazardous waste.  If the bill is adopted, it would go into effect July 1, 2009.

The fee varies from $6 to $10 per covered device depending on screen size.  The amount of the fee would be reviewed at least biennially, based on the cost to recycle.

In addition, manufacturers would be required to provide:   

  • The total amount of recyclable materials contained in the device and the increase in the use of those materials from the previous year.

  • The total estimated amounts of mercury, cadmium, lead, hexavalent chromium, and polybrominated biphenyls used in the device manufactured by the manufacturer in that year and the reduction of those materials from the previous year.

  • Documentation of efforts to design covered electronic devices with recycling in mind and plans to further increase recycling of the devices.

  • Information to the consumer describing where and how to return, recycle, and dispose of the covered electronic device, opportunities and locations for the collection or return of the device through a toll-free number, internet web site, label on the device or inclusion in the packaging.
    AB 1535 will be heard next in the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials
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