Unwanted electronics – computers, printers, televisions, cell phones and other devices – is one of the nation’s fastest-growing waste streams.
Often called e-scrap, this waste stream provides a challenge beyond the amount being generated. E-scrap contains metals and other materials that can be hazardous to human health and the environment if not properly managed.
In May 2010, South Carolina passed legislation that requires computer, printer and television manufacturers to provide recovery programs for desktop, laptop, notebook and tablet computers as well as computer monitors, printers and televisions from residents.
The legislation also provides that – effective July 1, 2011 – residents may not knowingly place or discard a computer, computer monitor, printer or television in any waste stream that is to be disposed of in a solid waste landfill.
In addition to the recovery programs required by manufacturers, many retailers and local governments also offer recycling programs for electronics.
This postcard was developed by the Office to help inform residents about electronic recycling requirements.
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This Web page was last updated on January 29, 2013.