E-Waste Recycling

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, June 18, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Another bill that was amended significantly this week was SB 50 (Byron Sher, D-Stanford). This is cleanup to Senator Sher’s chaptered bill from last year, SB 20, which established an electronic recycling program.

The initial bill created a myriad of questions. While initially SB 50 did the same, there were several meetings with concerned parties in March and April to address cleanup requirements. Household appliances are now exempt. The clause requiring internet and catalog retailer reporting has been struck. Payment for out-of-state recycling will be granted with a binding self-certification affidavit. The word "reduce" was struck insuring that the fee would be eliminated and not just reduced when a device is deemed non-hazardous. CMTA would still like to see refurbished devices excluded from fee collection and the screen size limited to 9 diagonal inches.

The e-waste fee collection is scheduled to begin July 1, 2004, a mere two weeks away. AB 901 (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara), an urgency bill, would extend the start date for fee collection to November 1, 2004. A hearing on AB 901 is scheduled in Senate Environmental Quality for June 21.
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