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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.

South Carolina passed legislation in 2010 that banned the disposal of specific electronics in solid waste landfills effective July 1, 2011.

The legislation was revised on March 4, 2014 to add more specific requirements and recovery obligations for computer monitor and television manufacturers.

One key component of the legislation requires residents to recycle computers, computer monitors, printers and televisions. Specifically, the legislation says that residents "may not knowingly place or discard" a computer, computer monitor, printer and television "in any waste stream that is to be disposed of in a solid waste landfill."

Where can residents recycle electronics?

Recycling options for businesses

Businesses should not throw away computers and other electronics and must follow all state and federal regulations regarding the proper management of this material. Generally, businesses should recycle electronics or donate them, if possible.