As landfills fill up in South Carolina, penalties for improperly disposing of electronics are being enforced. If anyone is caught dumping electronics, they will get hit with a $1,000 fine. In order to increase awareness and educate the public on the seriousness of e-waste, the Richland Department of Solid Waste and Recycling ran several events that encouraged people to properly recycle any of their old electronics.
Richland county is running out of landfill space, so it is important for people to understand how to properly dispose of their household items. Electronics like mobile phones, televisions, computers, and laptops contain harmful elements such as mercury. The mercury in these electronic devices can contaminate drinking water.
There are many other harmful elements in electronic devices that can harm plants, animals and humans.
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