The future of e-waste recycling in California

California legislature seeks to update recycling system with a new autonomous and more software-based program.

California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is planning to set in motion a new e-waste recycling program. Current recycling program has 37 siloed recycling applications. As department stated, the main issue with the current program is its inefficiency. The program is paper-based, which requires staff to spend almost half of their work time on data entry. As the activity of recyclers is expected to rise by 35% in the following months, CalRecycle suggested a more autonomous, software-based program. New program would focus on one enterprise-wide system that can track, regulate, and monitor recyclables. It is expected to lower the overall costs of recycling, while providing a more user-friendly experience.