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Landfills - Electronics Recycling Requirement

South Carolina passed legislation in 2010 that banned the disposal of specific electronics in solid waste landfills 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. Each of requirements is listed below.

These new requirements are in addition to existing prohibitions on disposal of electronics in Class 1 and Class 2 landfills in South Carolina.

Covered Computer and Television Devices

The law 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 law 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).

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 AExample B) as well as Class 3 landfills (Example CExample 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).