- The Senate Bill (SB – 20) was signed into law on September 25, 2003 as the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003. In the following year (2004), SB – 50 was signed into law to clarify certain provisions of SB – 20.
- During the 2001-2002 legislative session, two bills on electronic waste were passed but vetoed in California.
- One of the main objectives of the Electronic Waste Recycling Act is to establish a new program for consumers to return, recycle, and ensure the safe and environmentally sound disposal of video display devices, such as televisions and computer monitors.
- E-Waste Recycling Fee: January 1, 2005, California consumers started to pay a fee of $6 – $10 at the time they purchase certain video display devices, which were deposited into a special account that is used to pay qualified e-waste collectors and recyclers to cover their costs of managing e-waste.
- CalRecycle and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) are working together to implement the legislation.