Other product recycling information


The California Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 requires that beginning January 1, 2005, IBM and other retailers begin assessing an Electronic Waste Recycling Fee on certain "covered electronic devices" sold in California. "Covered electronic devices" include most video display products such as computer monitors and notebook computers. The fee, ranging from $6 to $10 depending on screen size, is collected at the time of retail sale, including Internet and catalog sales, from all California consumers of covered electronic devices.

Collected fees are deposited in an Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Account managed by the State of California that will be used to provide payments to authorized collectors and recyclers, foster the development of recycling opportunities and offset the cost of properly managing these types of devices at the end of their useful lives. It is unlawful to dispose of most covered electronic devices with regular municipal waste in the state of California.

The Electronic Waste Recycling Fee is not a deposit. Consumers are not entitled to reimbursement of the fee when covered electronic devices are recycled. Rather, the intent of the fee is to reduce, or eliminate, the costs associated with properly recycling this material when it becomes waste.

For more information on how to return video display products for recycling in the state of California, please go to the CalRecycle website.