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