There are currently 24 states with e-waste laws plus New York City. We will be going through each individually over the coming months. Today, we’ll start with California, the first state to pass a comprehensive electronic waste law back in 2003.
The first legislation in 2003 was to begin funding a system for the collection and recycling of some e-wastes. This was done through the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle for short) and through the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). The legislation, called the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, requires a recycling fee be assessed as a tax on retailers ñ who usually pass it on to consumers. This began in 2005. The fees are based on the dimensions of the product’s screen size, measured diagonally. The fees were last updated in 2009: