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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 unwanted electronics?

Here are the primary recycling opportunities available for residents.

  • Before recycling, if the product works, consider donating it to a non-profit organization.
  • Each of South Carolina's 46 counties as well as some municipalities provide collection programs and/or offer single-day collection events for unwanted electronics. To find out what is accepted in your community, visit
  • Many retailers and most manufacturers offer collection or take-back programs. Here is a list of the programs - all of which vary on how they work and what they accept. The list is not to be considered an endorsement of any retailer, manufacturer or program.

If donating or recycling unwanted electronics, delete all personal information.

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.