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
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
to request a postage paid envelope.