More states are proposing recycling and e-scrap bills, and several states are making significant progress. South Carolina’s House Bill 4775 first passed the state House of Representatives and the Senate back in April and May before being delayed after the House claimed the Senate attempted to link an unrelated bill and rejected it. After a month in conference committee, the amended version without the addition has finally been passed and signed into law.
As the second state to switch to a “clearinghouse-style” program, South Carolina’s new e-scrap program focuses on a convenience metric for drop-off sites. The bill also requires manufacturers to pay to recycle returned electronics. HB 4775 reforms the state’s current EPR program for electronics by eliminating weight targets for electronics collection and provides easier access to drop-off sites.
The bill will bring significant changes to the state’s e-scrap program including the requirement of a collection site in each county with a population under 100,000; two sites in each county with a population between 100,000 and 200,000; and three sites in counties with more than 200,000 people according to E-Scrap News.
HB 4775 passed the South Carolina state House in a vote of 109-0, and the state Senate in a vote of 42-0 on June 15 before it was signed into law June 17 by Gov. Henry McMaster.