How to Recycle & Dispose of Old Electronic Equipment in Charleston
I read this on the newsletter "The Green Connection" produced by the City of Charleston Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability - and thought it would be interesting to share it.
Electronic Waste Disposal Options
Electronics in our landfills are not good for our
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communities. Potentially hazardous material such as lead and mercury can pose a risk to human health and the environment if not properly managed. Electronics also contain valuable material such as precious metals that can be recovered through responsible recycling. For these reasons the state of South Carolina began regulating the electronics that cannot go in our landfills as of July 1, 2011.
Starting April 1st, the City of Charleston will no longer pick up electronic waste. The great news is there are better places for it to go. Always wipe your personal data off electronics before donating or dropping them off.
Working Computers and Printers- If it works or might be fixable, consider dropping it off at any Palmetto Goodwill in Charleston. Palmetto Goodwill has partnered with Dell Reconnect to offer the community an easy, convenient and responsible way to recycle old computer equipment and electronics. The program is free and you'll get a receipt for tax purposes. You'll also be helping protect the environment and benefiting your community. Last year, they kept 1,286,665 pounds of electronic waste from ending up in landfills!
Broken Electronics -
Drop them off at one of Charleston County's nine convenience recycling facilities. Click here to find out where these facilities are located and exactly what they accept.
Take them to stores where electronics are sold. Click here to find out about participating stores' programs.
Want to give your electronics a new life? Check out Terracycle.
Not accepted at Charleston County are telephones, cell phones, computer accessories, stereos, battery chargers, radios, satellite equipment, coffee makers, blenders, cameras, space heaters, power tools, answering machines, lamps, fax machines, humidifiers, air conditioners.
Check with your phone service provider to see if they participate in a repurposing program for old phones. Click here to find the forty-one locations in the lowcountry where phones can be dropped off to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers.