Electronic Recycling: Landfills

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

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  • 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.
  • Revisions were passed to the Act during the 2021-2022 Legislative Session. These requirements modified recycling obligations for television and computer monitor manufacturers to a “convenience standard”, updates definitions, updates requirements for recoverers and collectors of covered devices, and pushes the sunset date to December 31, 2029.

To read the full Act, select 'Electronics Legislation' under 'Downloads & Links'.

Covered Computer and Television Devices

The law defines covered computer devices to include desktop, laptop and tablet computers as well as printers intended for use by a consumer (Section 48-60-20).

The law defines covered television devices as electronic devices that contain cathode-ray tube or flat panel screen the size of which is greater than four inches when measured diagonally and is intended to receive video programming via broadcast, cable, satellite, Internet, or other mode of video transmission or to receive video from surveillance or other similar cameras marketed and intended for use by a consumer primarily for personal purposes. (Section 48-60-20).

Load Screening

An owner or operator of a solid waste landfill must not, at the gate, knowingly accept, for disposal, loads containing more than an incidental amount of covered computer and television devices (Section 48-60-90).

Signage

The owner or operator of a solid waste landfill must post -- in a conspicuous location at the landfill -- a sign stating that covered computer and television devices or any components of covered devices are not accepted for disposal at the landfill (Section 48-60-90).

Example signs with suggested language have been developed for Class 1 and Class 2 landfills (Example A and Example B) as well as Class 3 landfills (Example C and Example D).

Hauler Notification

The owner or operator of a solid waste landfill must notify, in writing, all haulers delivering solid waste to the landfill that covered computer and television devices or any components of covered devices are not accepted for disposal at the landfill (Section 48-60-90).

Contact

Jonathan Clay-Hanson or Sallie Williams at e-register@dhec.sc.gov or at 1-800-768-7348.

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