Corporate Social Responsibility

California Electronic Waste Recycling Fee

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The State of California has passed legislation imposing an electronic waste recycling fee for a sale made by a retailer to a consumer in the State of California for certain electronic items. This legislation was SB 20 Senate Bill CHAPTERED and SB 50.

To comply with this new regulation, Gateway will charge the applicable California Electronic Waste Recycling fee on all covered items. These covered items include laptop computers, Profile computers, Tablet PCs, Media Center PC monitors, Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitors beginning January 1, 2005, that are shipped to customers within the State of California. Starting July 1, 2005: LCD TVs and Plasma TVs are covered. As of January 1, 2005, this does not include camcorders, digital cameras and LCD projectors. This excludes sales to other retailers.

Gateway will report and remit all fees collected on all covered electronic devices to the State of California as prescribed in SB 20 Senate Bill starting January 1, 2005.

From SB 20 Senate Bill:

Article 3. Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Fee

42464. (a) On and after January 1, 2005 a covered electronic waste recycling fee is hereby imposed upon the first sale in the state of a covered electronic device to a consumer by a retailer. (b) A retailer that sells a covered electronic device to a consumer shall collect the fee imposed under subdivision (a) for each covered electronic device sold by the retailer in the following amounts:

(1) Three dollars ($3) for each covered electronic device with a screen size of greater than 4 inches measured diagonally but less than 15 inches measured diagonally.
(2) Four dollars ($4) for each covered electronic device with a screen size greater than or equal to 15 inches but less than 35 inches measured diagonally.
(3) Five dollars ($5) for each covered electronic device with a screen size greater than or equal to 35 inches measured diagonally.

Additionally, this legislation requires the retailer to make available information to consumers in the State of California regarding the recycling of electronic equipment and display monitors and also locations within the State of California to recycle these items.

To find out additional information on recycling electronic items and other related California Electronic recycling fee information visit www.erecycle.org.