Workshop: Today’s Hot Gadgets, Tomorrow’s E-Waste

Chances are, you’re reading this from a computer. Maybe a tablet? OK, a smart phone? A smart TV? Google Glass? Maybe Alexa is reading you this blog from your new Amazon Echo device.

Either way, it’s clear that today’s technology is advancing rapidly.

Gone are the days of families sitting around the radio or tweaking the rabbit ears for a signal on giant console televisions; you know, the cathode ray tube devices made from leaded glass (to prevent X-ray radiation) and encased in wood or plastic (to match the living room paneling). For the past dozen years, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has worked alongside the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to successfully manage the safe recovery, processing, and disposition of this legacy technology and a limited number of other electronic devices.

The Covered Electronic Waste Program, established with the passage of the California Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, set up a state-administered funding system comprised of authorized collectors/recyclers and financed by a consumer fee. Since the program launched in 2005, participating operators have claimed approximately $886 million to offset the recycling and ultimately disposition costs for nearly 2.1 billion pounds of electronic waste.

With an eye on the future, CalRecycle is beginning to consider how advances in technology—including lighter TVs made of more complex but less valuable and reusable material—could potentially impact California’s electronic waste management efforts in the years to come. In the summer of 2016, the Department began reaching out to more than 3,300 stakeholders to get their perspectives on the future of electronic waste management in California.

On Wednesday, CalRecycle will hold the second in a series of workshops to discuss the future of e-waste collection and management in California.

Future of Electronic Waste Management in California—Part 2
10 a.m. Wednesday, March 15
Coastal Hearing Room, CalEPA Building
1001 I St., Sacramento, CA

If you can’t make it in person, join us by webcast. (The link will go live shortly before the meeting begins). The meeting agenda and related documents are located here.

For additional information, including documents related to the initial workshop on September 14, 2016, please visit our The Future of Electronic Waste Management in California webpage.

— Lance Klug
Posted on Mar 13, 2017

Summary: With an eye on the future, CalRecycle is beginning to consider how advances in technology—including lighter TVs made of more complex but less valuable and reusable material—could potentially impact California’s electronic waste management efforts in the years to come. In the summer of 2016, the Department began reaching out to more than 3,300 stakeholders to get their perspectives on the future of electronic waste management in California. On Wednesday, CalRecycle will hold the second in a series of workshops to discuss the future of e-waste collection and management in California.