Gov. Mark Sanford will sign a bill Thursday requiring electronic sellers and manufacturers to set up recycling programs across the state in an effort to keep environmentally hazardous computer components out of landfills and away from the state's water sources.

The "E-Waste Recycling Bill" will keep thousands of tons of materials out of landfills in counties from the mountains to the coast.

The effort is not solely aimed at the plastics and glass commonly used in today's computers and television sets. Also targeted are technical components that contain heavy metals -- such as mercury -- that are used in all sorts of modern devices, including printers or desktop and laptop computers.

"This legislation is a small but important part of this larger notion of stewardship, and our ongoing commitment to leave this state better than we found it," said Ben Fox, spokesman for the governor.

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