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August 2006


California passes e-waste laws

Beginning July 1, 2006 all cell phone retailers in California will be required to create and operate a collection and recycling program for consumers to utilize. This legislation marks the first time that Californian retailers are required to shoulder a portion of the recycling burden for the products they sell.

The laws, AB 1125 and AB 2901, dictate that this service be free of charge to all consumers. Rechargeable batteries are covered as well.

Californians are also restricted from throwing away old cell phones in the trash. Since 2002 households and small businesses have been exempt from the state’s Universal Waste Rule. This exemption expired on February 8, 2006.

Consumers may visit the Keep California Beautiful website to request a postage paid envelope.

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