The Project involves the approval of an emergency rulemaking amendment to add to the existing list of Covered Electronic Devices (CED) within the California Code of Regulations, title 22, division 4.5, chapter 10, section 66260.201 and chapter 11, appendix X.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC’s) Environmental Chemistry Lab conducted testing on six new device categories and determined the device categories exhibit California’s hazardous waste characteristic of toxicity by exceeding the state hazardous waste total threshold concentrations for copper, lead, and nickel. Because all six device categories have been determined to be hazardous when discarded, they will be added to the list of CEDs in the emergency regulations.
The amended regulations will expand financial incentives to recycle certain electronic devices to safeguard California’s environment against potential hazardous constituents found in discarded electronic devices. By subsidizing the costs associated with proper collection and management of these new CEDs, the State incentivizes handlers and recyclers to provide opportunities to California residents for recycling, therefore encouraging the proper management of hazardous electronic waste.