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Photovoltaic Modules (PV modules)-Universal Waste Management Regulations

Public Seminar on Universal Waste and Proposed Regulations for the Management of Waste Photovoltaic Modules as Universal Waste

To All Interested Community Members and Stakeholders: 

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will hold a public informational seminar on March 25, 2019, to present information on California’s Universal Waste Program and the proposed regulations to include waste photovoltaic modules (PV modules), commonly known as solar panels, on the list of hazardous wastes eligible to be managed as universal waste. DTSC is proposing these new regulations to promote a streamlined approach to the end of life management of solar panels and add safeguards that will provide enhanced protection for human health, safety, and the environment.

This informational session offers the opportunity for public discussion and is intended to familiarize people with California’s Universal Waste Program and the proposal for PV modules. DTSC intends to public notice the rulemaking package on April 19, 2019, which will begin the formal rulemaking process.

Stakeholders can attend the seminar in-person or participate remotely via live Webcast. The informational seminar will be recorded and posted on the PV module web page (link above). The informational seminar will be held at the following time and location:

    Date:          March 25, 2019
    Time:          9:00 am –11:00 am (PDT)
    Location:    CalEPA Building
                       1001 “I” Street, Coastal Hearing Room
                       Sacramento, CA 95812
    Webcast:    https://video.calepa.ca.gov/

Photovoltaic Modules Seminar Agenda

Photovoltaic Modules Seminar Notice

Text of Proposed Regulations

The Law:

On October 1, 2015, SB 489 (Monning, Chapter 419) was enacted to add section 25259 to Health and Safety Code, Division 20, Chapter 6.5, Article 17, which authorizes the Department to adopt regulations to designate end-of-life photovoltaic modules that are identified as hazardous waste as a universal waste and subject those modules to universal waste management.


PV Modules (also known as solar panels) - Universal Waste Management Regulations Development had workshops in July 2016 and August 2017.  The purpose of the workshop was to provide the public with an opportunity to review the draft proposed regulations and provide feedback prior to DTSC beginning a formal rulemaking process on the management of end-of-life PV modules. 

Materials from these workshops can be found below.

August 22, 2017 Workshop Materials


Solar Panels Information and FAQs



July 19, 2016 Workshop Materials



Proposed Regulations Draft Text 2013\2014