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Statewide electronics ban begins Jan. 1

By Staff | Dec 30, 2010

CHARLESTON – Effective Jan. 1, 2011, computers, monitors and TVs will be banned from being disposed of in any West Virginia landfill.

In an effort to ensure the proper handling of end-of-life electronics in an environmentally safe and acceptable manner, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 398 on March 13, 2010, prohibiting the disposal of Covered Electronic Devices (CEDs) from any West Virginia landfill. CEDs are defined as a television, computer or video display device with a screen that is greater than four inches measured diagonally. It does not include any video device that is part of a motor vehicle or contained within a household appliance or commercial, industrial or medical equipment.

The bill also required the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board to create a program for the proper handling of certain covered electronics devices. A copy of which is attached hereto.

As of Jan. 1, residents will no longer be able to set out discarded TVs and computers along with their other household waste curbside. Waste haulers will still be required to collect these items under what is commonly known as the Bulky Goods Rule (WV Code Rules 150CSR9.6.6). However, residents are urged to contact their waste hauler to schedule a pickup or find out which day of the month oversized appliances or additional “bulky goods” are collected. Residents, who transport their own solid waste to either a transfer station or landfill, are urged to contact the solid waste facility to ensure that these items will continue to be accepted.

An E-Waste West Virginia website has been developed to offer alternative resources and options to landfilling these CEDs. For information on local collection events and programs, organizations accepting donated electronic items, recycling locations and even manufacturer take back programs, please visit www.state.wv.us/swmb/ewaste or call 304-926-0448.