California consumers will now pay an "advance recycling fee" for purchases of certain video display products, such as televisions, computer monitors and laptop computers.
The fee – usually ranging from $6 to $10 – was introduced on January 1 and supports California’s electronics recycling program. The fees will fund a payment system for the collection and recycling of these products at the end of their service life.
"This new program provides an economic stimulus that will enhance the safe recovery and recycling of obsolete electronics in the state and, at the same time, encourages manufacturers to be mindful of the environment in their product design," says Rosario Marin, chair of the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
California retailers are now required to collect the Electronic Waste Recycling Fee on each sale of an electronic device covered by the program. Retailers will then remit these fees to the California State Board of Equalization.
Electronic devices covered under the law include televisions and computer monitors that contain a cathode ray tube, laptop computers and liquid crystal display computer monitors. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control continues to test other products to determine if the program should also cover them.
For further information about the Electronic Waste Recycling program, visit www.eRecycle.org
Further details can also be obtained from Lannie Clavecilla, CIWMB Office of Public Affairs at 916-341-6302