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Health and Safety Code - HSC


  ( Division 20 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

CHAPTER 6.5. Hazardous Waste Control [25100 - 25259]

  ( Chapter 6.5 added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1236. )

ARTICLE 10.2. Motor Vehicle Switches [25214.5 - 25214.8]
  ( Article 10.2 added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 656, Sec. 4. )


For purposes of this article, “mercury-containing motor vehicle light switch” means any motor vehicle light switch found in the hood or trunk of a motor vehicle that contains mercury.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 656, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2002.)


Any mercury-containing motor vehicle light switch removed from a motor vehicle is subject to Chapter 23 (commencing with Section 66273.1) of Division 4.5 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations, and any other applicable regulation adopted by the department pursuant to this chapter, including, but not limited to, standards for the handling of hazardous waste, standards for destination facilities, requirements for the tracking of universal waste shipments, import requirements, and the regulations governing different products.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 656, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2002.)


The department shall do all of the following:

(a)  Coordinate with local agencies to provide technical assistance to businesses engaged in the dismantling or crushing of motor vehicles concerning the safe removal and proper disposal of mercury-containing light switches from motor vehicles, including information about vehicle makes and models that contain mercury light switches and entities that provide mercury recycling services.

(b)  Coordinate and encourage entities, such as associations representing motor vehicle repair shops, to offer to the public the replacement and recycling of mercury-containing motor vehicle light switches.

(c)  Make available to the public information concerning services to replace and recycle mercury-containing motor vehicle light switches.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 656, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2002.)


On or before January 1, 2004, the department shall report to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature on both of the following:

(a)  The success of efforts to remove mercury-containing vehicle light switches from vehicles pursuant to Section 25214.6.

(b)  Compliance with the requirement to remove mercury-containing appliance switches pursuant to Section 42175 of the Public Resources Code.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 656, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2002.)

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