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California Recycling Fees

New 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.

Please read this FAQ to learn how this fee affects your purchases:

Who pays the fee?

The fee is charged to all end-user consumers, including individuals, enterprise, education, and federal, state and local governments. Sales to resellers are exempt from the fee.

How will the fee be applied?

When you purchase a covered product, it will automatically be added to the cost of your order.

How much is the fee? What products are covered?

Currently the law requires all products with video displays greater than 4 inches wide to be charged a fee. This includes both CRT monitors and LCD screens.

Monitor size Fee
Greater than 4 inches, less than 15 inches $4.00
Greater than 15 inches, less than 35 inches   $5.00
Greater than 35 inches $6.00

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 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.

Where can I find out more about the law?

Visit the State of California’s Department of Tax and Fee Administration web site.