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April 26, 2011

South Carolina eCycles Day set for April 30

COLUMBIA – Three recycling events targeting residential electronics will be held across the state on South Carolina eCycles Day April 30, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“These events on South Carolina E-cycles Day will provide residents with free, convenient and secure opportunities to recycle their household electronics,” said Kent Coleman, director of DHEC’s Division of Mining and Solid Waste Management.

Events will be held in the Midlands at the S.C. State Farmers Market in West Columbia, in the Upstate at Greenville Municipal Stadium in Greenville, and in the Lowcountry at the Heritage Square Shopping Center in Summerville.

All of the events are set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are being offered by Waste Management, LG and DHEC as well as other local partners.

Coleman said legislation bans disposal of specific residential electronics in solid waste landfills beginning July 1, 2011. Residents can no longer throw away specific electronics in their household trash but must recycle their computers, computer monitors, televisions and printers.

“Recycling electronics is the right thing to do because unwanted electronics contain metals and other materials that can be hazardous to people and the environment if not properly managed,” Coleman said. “Recycling electronics and other materials conserves resources, saves energy, reduces the need to build new landfills and turns what would have been a waste into valuable raw materials. Recycling creates jobs and grow businesses that recover materials and turn them into new products.”

Coleman said beyond the April 30 events, South Carolinians have many convenient opportunities to recycle electronics. Many manufacturers offer take-back programs. Some retailers that sell electronics also offer consumers recycling options. In addition, 37 county governments offer electronics recycling programs or collection events.

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NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS:

More information on the April 30 events including what is accepted and specific directions to the sites is available at www.scdhec.gov/e-cycle. Click on the flashing red banner in the center of the page.

More information on manufacturer and retailer take-back programs as well as local government programs is available at www.scdhec.gov/e-cycle. Click on “Information for Residents” in the column on the left-hand side of the page.

For more information:
Richard Chesley (803) 896-4209
Email: cheslerl@dhec.sc.gov
Eric Melaro (803) 896-4231
Email: melaroew@dhec.sc.gov
Thom Berry (893) 898-3885
Email: berrytw@dhec.sc.gov
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