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California Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003

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Under the California Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (known as SB20), retailers, resellers (and HP Partners) that ship to, sell or lease certain electronic products in California must collect a fee from the consumer at the time of purchase. The fees are collected by the State, and are used to reimburse registered collectors and recyclers for the electronic devices that they collect and recycle in California. For a list of registered recyclers, see http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/Reports/Search.aspx

HP Resellers and Partners

Resellers and Partners may be required to charge this fee to customers on Covered Electronic
Devices purchased from HP and remit the fee to the California Board of Equalization. Resellers & Partners are allowed to keep 3% of that fee amount to cover administrative costs. The remainder of the fee must be remitted to the California Board of Equalization. For details on fee remittance, see: http://www.boe.ca.gov/sptaxprog/ewaste.htm. Resellers: You are responsible for understanding and complying with the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, and all other laws and regulations. HP will not collect and remit this fee on your behalf if you have a California resellers certificate on file with HP.

Resellers and HP Partners should monitor the CalRecycle website: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/electronics/Act2003/ for updates and guidance.

For questions about SB20 specific to Hewlett-Packard products, send us an email at americasenvironmental@hp.com

HP Retailer Notification Letter

Devices covered under the law

  • Cathode ray tube containing devices (CRT devices)
  • Cathode ray tubes (CRTs)
  • Computer monitors containing CRTs
  • Laptop computers with liquid crystal display (LCD) screens1
  • LCD containing desktop monitors2,3
  • Televisions containing CRTs
  • Televisions containing LCD screens
  • Plasma televisions
  • Portable DVD players containing LCD screens

HP products affected

The following HP/Compaq/VooDoo branded products are subject to the advanced recycle fee when sold in or shipped to California for final use.

  • Desktop monitors with LCD screens
  • All-in-One/Touchsmart PCs with integrated LCD monitors
  • Laptop computers with LCD screens (includes netbooks, ultra portables, mini-books)
  • Touchpad Tablet PCs

1California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) determined that tablet computers fit into this category and thus are subject to the recycle fee
2DTSC determined that LCD monitors that contain LED backlighting are subject to the recycle fee
3DTSC determined that All-in-One computers (including TouchSmart PCs) with an integrated screen fit into this category and thus are subject to the recycle fee

Fee Structure

The initial fees were established by the Legislature as of January 1, 2005. CalRecycle has the authority to review and change the fees every two years as necessary to keep the Electronics Recycling Fund solvent. See the table below for the latest on the fee amounts.

Screen size Fee amounts effective
through December 31, 2012
Fee amounts effective
January 1, 2013
More than four inches but less than 15 inches $6 $3
At least 15 inches but less than 35 inches $8 $4
35 inches or more $10 $5

Hardware recycling standards

HP has developed standards for management of hardware at the end of its useful lifetime to ensure hardware is responsibly recycled or recovered.

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Bundled monitors ready for recycling