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How Much is the Electronic Recycling Fee

In an effort to motivate corporations and businesses to recycle, you may find that there is now an electronic recycling fee added to many products. To make sure you do your part and recycle, simply search online for a computer recycler near me and you’ll be able to easily drop off e-waste at a location near you. Some third party recycling companies even offer pick up for some businesses!


In the state of California, there is something called the Electronic Waste Recycling Fee. This fee is imposed on the retail sale or lease of certain electronic products that have been identified by the Department of Toxic Substances Control as covered electronic devices. In order to forgo the fee, a retailer must register with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. At this point, a retailer may keep 3% of the eWaste fee it collects as reimbursements for costs associated with the collection of the fee.


The Electronic Waste Recycling Fee applies to a number of different video display devices. If the electronic device has a screen size of more than 4 inches measured diagonally, and that has also been identified in the regulations set by the Department of Toxic Substances Control, it will be subject to the tax. Some of the products that are currently identified by the Department of Toxic Substances Control include: computer monitors that contain cathode ray tubes or liquid crystal displays (LCD), old TVs that contain cathode ray tubes, laptop computers, TVs containing LCD screens, plasma televisions, and portable DVD players with LCD screens. The fee does not apply to the sale of video display devices that are used and not refurbished, part of a motor vehicle, is contained as part of industrial, or medical equipment including monitoring or control equipment, contained within a clothes washer, refrigerator, microwave, convection oven, dishwasher, room air conditioner, dehumidifier, or air purifier, and products that are shipped by an individual to a location outside of CA.

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