Electronics Recycling: Haulers

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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'.

What does this mean to haulers?

Haulers should receive a letter from any landfill they use for solid waste disposal (Section 48-60-90). The letter should, at a minimum, inform haulers that computers, computer monitors, printers and televisions cannot be accepted for disposal.

Haulers should know and encourage their customers to use available recycling options .

Although some types of electronics still can be disposed of legally in Class 3 landfills, recycling of all electronics is encouraged when viable recycling options are available. Many electronics recycling programs accept a variety of electronics beyond what is banned.

Haulers should reference the legislation or contact their landfill owner or operator for more information.

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