Electronics Recycling: Overview

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Unwanted electronics are one of the nation's fastest growing waste streams. Often called e-scrap, electronics contain potentially hazardous material such as lead and mercury that can pose a risk to human health and the environment if not properly managed. Electronics also contain valuable material such as precious metals that can be recovered through responsible recycling. The recycling of electronics, beyond protecting the environment and conserving resources, also provides the raw material for recycling businesses and creates jobs.  

To address these matters, South Carolina passed legislation in 2010 that banned the disposal of specific electronics in solid waste landfills effective July 1, 2011. To read the full Act, visit Electronics Recycling: Legislation.  

The South Carolina Manufacturer Responsibility and Consumer Convenience Information Technology Equipment Collection and Recovery Act:

  • Passed in 2010 that banned the disposal of specific electronics in solid waste landfills (Section 48-60-90); effective July 1, 2011. Given that, the legislation established requirements for landfill owners and operators in regards to keeping covered computer and television devices from being disposed of in the state's landfills. 
  • Revised on March 4, 2014 to add more specific requirements and recovery obligations for computer monitor and television manufacturers. 
  • These new requirements are in addition to existing prohibitions on disposal of electronics in Class 1 and Class 2 landfills in South Carolina. 
  • Regulation 61-124 was promulgated by the Department on February 26, 2016 to execute the provisions of the Act.
  • Most of the act was due to expire on December 31, 2021 but was extended to December 31, 2023 by H.4035. On December 31, 2023, all sections of the act except for Section 48-60-90, which prohibits electronics from being knowingly disposed of in a solid waste landfill, will expire. Stakeholders and the Department are currently meeting to prepare for the effects of these changes. Learn more about these deliberations here

Use the resources under “Downloads & Links” to see how you are affected by the Act’s requirements.