Certain electronic products (Laptops, Computers Monitors and Televisions ) are now banned from California landfills. Recycling programs are available. See below for information.
The State of California has adopted the Waste Recycling Act of 2003, which will require mandatory collection of an advanced recycling fee on the initial sale of certain electronic products. Electronic products subject to the recycling fee, effective November 1, 2004, include:
All televisions and computer display monitors containing cathode ray tubes with screen sizes greater than 4 inches (Panasonic TVs subject to the recycling fee include standard tube, pure flat, projection, and TV/DVD, TV/DVD/VCR, TV/VCR combination models; Panasonic PROLINE CRT monitors also covered) XN
- All laptop and notebook computers with liquid crystal display (LCD) screens greater than 4 inches. (all Panasonic "Toughbook" mobile computers are subject to the fee).
- All LCD containing computer display monitors with screen sizes greater than 4 inches.
The amount of the fee is based on the screen size when measured diagonally:
- $6 Screen sizes less than 15 inches
- $8 Screen sizes equal to 15 inches but less than 35 inches
- $10 Screen sizes equal to or greater than 35 inches
Under the law, on and after November 1, 2004, a waste recycling fee is imposed on the first sale in the state of a covered product to a consumer by a retailer. Retailers that sell the covered products are to collect the fee for each covered product sold by the retailer.
Click here for a copy of the law (Note: Implementation of the fee has been delayed until November 1, 2004, per provisions of subsequent legislation).
The state agency responsible for implementing the new law is the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB). The CIWMB maintains a website on the Waste Recycling Act of 2003. You may access the site by clicking here.
By implementing an advanced recycling fee on certain electronics products, California will move forward toward ensuring that waste or end of life CRT products in the state are collected and managed in an environmentally responsible and efficient manner.
At Panasonic we continue to advocate the sustainable and environmentally sound management of electronic products at their end of life. We firmly believe it is our societal obligation to develop an environmentally conscious plan to recycle our end of life products. For more information on Panasonic's recycling and other environmental activities, please visit our corporate environmental website at Panasonic Environmental site.
Reuse and Recycle Programs in California
Please use one of these directories to help you locate a
facility in your area which collects your product:
Click for general information on the importance of recycling electronic products and how to do it.
Should you have any questions concerning the California electronics recycling fee, please use the contact us form.