California Clarifies Terms of E-cycling Bill

Sacramento, California -- A state bill requiring electronics manufacturers to fund the recycling of their products has passed two legislative committees this week and now is bound for the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The state Senate approved Senate Bill (S.B.) 20 June 4. As the bill has passed through the committees, Democratic Senator Byron Sher, S.B. 20’s sponsor, has accepted a series of clarifying amendments, such as narrowing the scope of the bill to only include cathode ray tube (CRT) devices and capping consumer collection fees at $5 for most computer monitors and $10 for large-screen TVs. The clarifications also include establishing a 50 percent recycling target for 2006. The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) will set subsequent targets.