Electronic Waste Recycling:
Due to ongoing technological advancement, many electronic products become obsolete within a very short period of time, creating a large surplus of unwanted electronic products, or “e-waste”. Disposing of e-waste in landfills has the potential to cause severe human and environmental health impacts. To avoid these risks, the Electronic Waste Recycling Act (Senate Bill 50) was signed into law in 2004. SB 50 established and funded a program for consumers to return, recycle, and ensure safe and environmentally sound disposal of covered electronic devices (CEDs).
Due to the ongoing environmental concerns associated with the handling as well as recycling of electronic devices of all types, Piedmont eCycling has taken it upon themselves to ensure that:
- No hazardous electronic waste will be sent to any landfills either directly or through intermediaries.
- No exporting of hazardous electronic waste will be sent to developing countries either directly or through intermediaries.
- No hazardous electronic waste will be sent to prisons for recycle either directly or through intermediaries.
- The entire recycling chain is meeting all applicable environmental and health regulations.
Companies need to recycle not only for the environment, but also because it’s the LAW.
RALEIGH — Beginning July 1, televisions and computer equipment may no longer be disposed of in the landfills of North Carolina, this is in accordance to the law passed by the General Assembly.The aforementioned bill is also created to help establish opportunities for recycling for items such as laptops, scanners, keyboards and printers.
Many communities, charitable agencies and nonprofit organizations have existing collection programs for electronics, says Lawmakers. The ban, accordingly, will help
keep materials that can still be used, from being thrown away, thus reducing the state’s
dependence on landfills.
” Electronics recycling can help us achieve both our environmental and economic development goals,” said Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary, Dee Freeman.
The most recent items to be banned from NC landfills include oil filters, plastic bottles and wooden pallets.