Electronic Waste Recycling Fee
A recycling fee is assessed on certain electronic devices sold in California.
- This includes most video display devices with a screen size, measured diagonally, greater than four inches, such as computer monitors, televisions, laptop computers, smart displays, tablets, and portable DVD players.
Current Fees (January 1, 2020, forward)
$4 More than four inches but less than 15 inches
$5 At least 15 inches but less than 35 inches
$6 35 inches or more
What happens to the fee?
Collected fees go to approved collectors and recyclers to:
- Encourage them to develop recycling opportunities and
- Offset the cost of managing these products at the end of their use.
Since the CEW recycling fee is not a deposit, it does not contain a “redemption value” like many beverage containers in California. So fees are not reimbursed when retailers collect them.
The information on this page does not apply to battery-embedded products. To learn more visit the SB 1215 page.
This page is for informational purposes only; it does not list all requirements in statute and regulations.