Electronics Information

NEW ELECTRONICS LAW EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011

In May 2010, South Carolina passed legislation that requires residents to recycle desktop, laptop, notebook and tablet computers as well as computer monitors, printers, and televisions, The legislation specifically says that 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." The ban takes effect July 1, 2011. You will not be able to dispose of these types of electronics at any Beaufort County Convenience Center.

For more information regarding the e-cycle law please see SCDHEC's e-cycle page.

Please see our Special Collection Events Page for any and all electronics collection event dates.

Where can electronics be recycled?

  • County Electronics Events (electronics of any type)
  • We encourage you to check with local retailers with electronics recycling initiatives, such as Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Staples.

Consider donating your working electronics.
Many communities have non-profits and other organizations that accept working computers, cell phones and other electronics. Donating can be an excellent option, but it is important to remember that non-working and obsolete electronics can become a burden for the organization. Always check with these organizations to make sure your unwanted electronics meet their needs.

How can you reduce electronics waste?
Reuse and recycling are not the only ways to manage electronics. Consumers have other options.

  • Lease computer equipment. When it comes time to replace equipment, the old electronics are returned to vendor to be managed properly and sometimes for a credit toward a future purchase.
  • Buy quality products. When shopping for electronics, review the product’s repair history and consumer reliability ratings.
  • Buy upgradeable products. Some electronics can be upgraded by replacing a component instead of the product. This could save money and reduce waste.
  • Repair instead of replace. Repairing a product may be cheaper than replacing it.

How can you find "greener" electronics?
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a system to help evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. Currently, more than 2,000 computers and monitors are listed with more being added regularly. The system will be expanded to include additional electronic products (e.g., printers and televisions) in the future.
EPEAT evaluates electronic products in relation to 51 environmental criteria – 23 required criteria and 28 optional criteria. Products are ranked according to three tiers of environmental performance – Bronze, Silver and Gold. All registered products must meet the required criteria. Manufacturers may achieve a higher EPEAT rating for products by meeting the optional criteria.

For more information you may contact the Solid Waste & Recycling Division at 843-255-2736.