Electronic Waste Recycling (eWaste) Fee: Warranties, Leases, Credits, Refunds, and Returns – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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That depends on the type of warranty. In general, the replacement CED does not constitute a retail sale.

Under a factory (mandatory) warranty, no fee would be due if a new or refurbished replacement CED was provided, unless the customer upgrades the CED.

Under an optional warranty, the repairer is considered the consumer of the CED. The repairer should pay the fee on any new or refurbished replacement CEDs provided, either at the time of purchase or by reporting these CEDs as self-consumed on line 2 of their Electronic Waste Recycling Fee Return.

No. The fee is due on leases of new or refurbished CEDs that start on or after January 1, 2005.

No, unless you provide a new or refurbished product at the time of renewal.

Yes. A lease is a "continuing sale." You must collect the fee from the lessee with the first lease payment.

No, because the customer is purchasing a used CED. The fee does not apply to the sale of used CEDs.

Yes. If you collected the fee on the sale, you would return it to the customer. Please refer to Sales and Use Tax Regulation 1655, Returns, Defects and Replacements. The regulation describes the requirements for retailers to handle such transactions. We suggest that you handle returns, defects and replacement transactions for this program in the same way.

Yes, if you have paid the fee to us on an earlier return or if you gave the refund during the reporting period.

No. There are no provisions in the law for bad debts.


Under specific conditions, a retailer who leases electronic devices to consumers may choose to pay the electronic waste recycling fee to the vendor of those devices instead of collecting the fee from the consumers/lessees.

For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions under Fee Option for Retailers-Assembly Bill 575.