Thursday, June 2, 2011
New Electronics Recycling Law
The law bans from landfill disposal of computer equipment, which includes laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, scanners and peripherals such as mice and keyboards.
Other components of the law are designed to create recycling opportunities for discarded electronics across the state and to place significant responsibilities on electronics manufacturers to help fund and create those opportunities.
Citizens and businesses have a variety of options for recycling electronics in North Carolina. Most counties offer collection programs and more community programs are emerging. All computer manufacturers are required to offer at least free mail-back for their own equipment, and some offer additional kinds of recycling options. A number of retailers also offer recycling of electronics, as do some nonprofit and charitable agencies. A comprehensive list of recycling options can be found at: http://www.p2pays.org/electronics/.
Computer equipment and televisions join a list of other materials banned from disposal in North Carolina, including most recently plastic bottles, wooden pallets and oil filters. For details on this law, visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/sw/electronics.