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Starting a California Electronics Recycling Business

There are several thousands of pieces of electronic equipment that people get rid of each day and these electronics cannot be just tossed in the trash per California electronics licensing requirements. California is leading the way to start recycling old electronics instead of throwing them away by passing laws on this subject. California pays companies that become licensed for California electronics recycling to properly dispose of these old electronics.

This is the perfect time to open your own California electronics recycling business in your area of the state. You have to meet certain requirements, though, to do this. It is not difficult to get a California electronics recycling license and it isn't too time consuming but you have to do the necessary steps so you can recycle electronics and get paid by the state for it.

The first thing you need to do to complye with California electronics licensing rules is inform the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) that you will be dealing with Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) and Universal Waste Electronics Devices (UWEDs). In order to remain in compliance, you will need to file a report with the DTSC annually stating how many of these items you have handled per Chapter 23, Title 22 of the CCR. It is up to you to make sure you comply with all the regulations set forth by the DTSC in operating your business. If you do not report to the DTSC every year as required, you can lose your license with the state of California Electronics Recycling Board.

You can go about getting in touch with the DTSC in a few different ways. The DTSC has a website with the required forms at www.dtsc.ca.gov or you can reach the DTSC by phone at 1-800-72-TOXIC. The form you need to notify them of your intent to open a California electronics recycling business can be found on the DTSC website as well.

Once that is done, you will have to file an Application for Approval: Covered Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Payment System. This form is for people wishing to receive payments from the government for the recycling of electronics. The payments come from the Covered Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Payment System as was set up in the code in the California government legislation from the Electronics Waste Recovery Act of 2003. You can find out more about this legislation at http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Electronics/Act2003/Recovery/Application/#186. This is a great source of information for more than the necessary forms to apply for the license. There are also forms to help you stay in compliance as you are running your business.

Once you have your California electronics recycling license and are open for business, it is important to keep track of everything that comes through your business because you are required by law to log your recycling and to have Proof of Designation forms turned in regularly. Your business will succeed if you make sure you follow all the guidelines set up by the California government regarding California electronics recycling. You can protect the environment and make a profit at the same time.


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