Televisions, computers, monitors and printers may no longer be put out with the trash in South Carolina.
A statewide electronics recycling law approved in 2010 took effect Friday. For households in the three-county region, a trip to a county recycling center will be necessary to legally dispose of certain electronics.
Charleston County has long been accepting what's known as "e-waste" and accepts a greater variety of household electronics than state law requires at nine drop-off locations.
Berkeley County began accepting the state-mandated electronics for recycling Friday.
"All nine of our convenience sites throughout the county have containers for e-waste," said recycling coordinator Kimberly Timmons.
Dorchester County accepts household electronics at a single location in Summerville.
In each county, businesses need to make their own arrangements.
The recycling requirement is aimed at keeping electronics, which can contain lead and hazardous materials, out of landfills and incinerators. Electronic waste also can include valuable metals and other materials that can be recycled.
Forty-three of the state's 46 counties have e-cycling programs, some more comprehensive than others.
All manufacturers of electronics are now required to offer their own e-cycling programs, and most major retailers have recycling programs.
Reach David Slade at 937-5552. The State contributed to this report.
Accepts a broad range of electronics at the Bees Ferry Convenience Center from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays from 1-6; at the Charleston County Recycling Center, 13 Romney St. in Charleston, Monday through Friday from 8-5; and at seven other locations.
Go to www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/Solid Waste to see what electronics are accepted and other information. Or call 843-720-7111.
Accepts TVs, computers, monitors and printers at all convenience center locations. Most are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 3-7 p.m. The Oakley Road center is open Monday-Saturday from 7-7, and Sunday from 3-7.
Go to www.bcwsa.com/recycling/convenience.aspx for a list of locations and addresses. For more information call 843-719-2383.
Accepts household electronics only at the drop-off site at 1344 Beech Hill Rd. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday from 9-5.
Call 843-832-0070 or go to www.dorchestercounty.net/index.aspx?page=360 for more information.