California Recycling Fees
Law Covering Electronics Recycling
The State of California launched the nation’s first electronic waste recycling program on Jan. 1, 2005.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2005, the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (SB 20 and SB 50) requires that customers pay a small fee on some electronics purchases to cover the cost of recycling and disposal.
How much is the fee? What products are covered?
Currently, the law requires all products with video displays over 4 inches wide to be charged a fee. This includes both CRT monitors and LCD screens.
|Greater than 4 inches, less than 15 inches
|Greater than 15 inches, less than 35 inches
|Greater than 35 inches
Who pays the fee?
The fee is charged to all end-user consumers, including individuals, enterprise, education, and federal, state and local governments.
How will the fee be applied?
When you purchase a covered product, it will automatically be added to the cost of your order.
How were the costs determined?
According to the legislation, the fees cover the actual costs of recycling and disposing of the equipment.
Where does the money go?
The fees are sent directly to the State of California, which will redistribute the funds to organizations that transport for recycling and/or recycle equipment.
Is the California recycle fee taxable?
If it is Shipped outside California, will the fee be refunded?
Yes. The fee only applies to purchases within California so if the device is shipping outside California, the fee will be refunded. We are unable to remove the fee at the time of purchase due to system operations and all purchases will include the charge.
If I return the product, will I receive a credit for the recycle fee previously paid?
Yes. When a product is returned and a restocking fee is charged, you will receive a credit for the entire recycle fee. If the product is replaced with another covered product, the recycling fee will be charged again.