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.
- Most of the legislation will sunset on December 31, 2021. The Section that prohibits electronics to be knowingly disposed of in a solid waste landfill will remain in place (Section 48-60-90). Stakeholders should prepare now for the affects of these changes.
To read the full Act, select 'Electronics Legislation' under 'Downloads & Links'.
Covered Computer and Television Devices
The legislation defines covered computer devices to include desktop, laptop and tablet computers as well as computer monitors and printers intended for use by a consumer (Section 48-60-20).
The legislation defines covered television devices as electronic devices that contain a tuner and are capable of receiving and displaying television or video programming via broadcast, cable or satellite with a viewable size of 9 inches or larger (Section 48-60-20).
Covered devices must be recovered in a manner that complies with all applicable federal, state and local requirements (Section 48-60-140).
Recoverers - persons or entities that reuse or recycle a covered device - must, at a minimum, comply with the responsible recycling practices (R2) or other comparable industry or governmental standards (Section 48-60-140). The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control recognizes that recycling facilities that are (1) R2 certified or (2) designated as e-Stewards Recyclers have satisfied this requirement.
E-scrap recyclers of consumer devices must be registered in South Carolina using DHEC Form 2661: Consumer Electronics Recycler Registration Form. Download the following PDF or contact Woody Barnes to obtain a copy.