The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is planning to make some additions to the state’s e-scrap program via an emergency rulemaking action. The additions include OLED display devices, LCD smart displays, and LCD tablets. As a result, the e-scrap companies can receive payments for the collection and recycling of these devices from the state. In addition, electronics retailers in California will start charging customers fees when such devices are purchased. The state’s e-scrap program will then assess these fees, after which they will be approved by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to e-scrap companies when they recycle the covered electronics.
California’s e-scrap program is the first state program in the country, and currently includes portable DVD players, CRT TVs and monitors, LCD TVs and laptops, and plasma TVs, but excludes plasma projection TVs. These changes come after state officials reportedly announced in 2020 that they were looking to add devices to the program as a result of the emergence of new technologies since the program was last updated. Earlier in the year hazardous metal concentrations in organic light-emitting diode (OLED)-containing devices were analyzed by the DTSC lab on LG, Sony, ASUS, Dell, HP, Samsung, Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook brand electronics. After being manually dismantled and separated into plastics, glass, metals and printed circuit boards (PCBs), the analysis determined that the devices contained enough precious metals to be presumed hazardous waste when improperly disposed of, qualifying them for the state’s e-scrap program.
In using the emergency rulemaking power, the regulations will go into effect quickly, but will only last up to two year. However, officials have said that they plan to pursue a formal, more permanent rulemaking process in the near future.
While discussing hazardous waste, it is important to know how to properly dispose of e-scrap waste like those mentioned above. Electronic waste isn’t like other waste, and cannot simply be thrown out with the garbage. As mentioned in the paragraphs above, certain electronics contain precious metals that contain hazardous chemicals, and therefore need to be disposed of in an eco-friendly manner. IT asset disposition facilities like HOBI International Inc. collect old, retired IT assets and ensure they are properly disposed of. HOBI first ensures that your old electronics are completely wiped of residual data. Then, depending on whether or not they have any use left in them, each device is either recycled, or repaired and refurbished for further use. Any devices that are not able to be fully wiped of data are shredded so that no personal information is breached.
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