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Residents are required to recycle electronics. It's the law.

South Carolina's electronics recycling legislation bans the disposal of specific electronics in solid waste landfills effective July 1, 2011. The legislation requires residents to recycle computers, computer monitors, printers and televisions. Specifically, 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."

Why recycle?

Unwanted electronics, often called e-scrap, contain potentially hazardous material such as lead and mercury that can pose a risk to human health and the environment. E-scrap also contains valuable material such as precious metals that can be recovered through responsible recycling. In addition, recycling electronics provides raw material for recycling businesses and creates jobs.

Where can residents recycle electronics?

Consider donating your working electronics

There are many non-profit organizations, schools and other organizations that may be able to use your working computers and other electronics. Donating can be an excellent option, but it is important to remember that non-working and obsolete electronics can be a burden for the organization. Always check to make sure your unwanted electronics meet their needs.

Electronic products such as computers and cell phones store personal information. Before donating or recycling your unwanted electronics, it is important to remember to remove all sensitive and personal information from your device's memory.