Electronic Waste Recycling (eWaste) Fee - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions: Fee Option for Retailers that Lease CEDs (Assembly Bill 575)

  1. What are the provisions of AB 575?
  2. Who is the "vendor"?
  3. What are the specific conditions?
  4. How will this affect consumers purchasing TVs and computer monitors?
  5. I have additional questions regarding AB 575. Where can you direct me?

  1. What are the provisions of AB 575?

    Assembly Bill 575 amends the electronic waste recycling fee law effective July 18, 2005. Under specific conditions, a retailer who leases electronic devices to consumers may choose to pay the electronic waste recycling fee to the vendor of those devices instead of collecting the fee from the consumers/lessees.

  2. Who is the "vendor"?

    AB 575 defines a vendor as the person making a sale of a covered electronic device (CED) for purposes of resale to a retailer, who will subsequently lease the CED to a consumer.

  3. What are the specific conditions?

    All of the following conditions must be met, a) the vendor must be registered with the Board to collect and remit the fee; b) the vendor must hold a valid seller's permit for sales and use tax purposes; c) the lessor/retailer must pay the fee to the vendor and the fee must be separately stated on the vendor's invoice to the lessor/retailer; and, d) the lessor/retailer must provide an express statement on the invoice, contract, or other record given to the lessee/consumer to document the lease/rental, that the fee has been paid on behalf of the lessee/consumer.

  4. How will this affect consumers purchasing TVs and computer monitors?

    There is no impact on standard retail purchases by consumers. The bill does not change the existing eWaste law, but allows the retailer or the lessor an option in cases where commercial leasing of CEDs is involved.

  5. I have additional questions regarding AB 575. Where can you direct me?

    Please call the BOE's Waste Reduction Section at 916-341-6906. Representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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