Bill would drop North Carolina’s TV, computer ban at landfills

May 22, 2019

North Carolina would drop its landfill ban on televisions and computers under legislation unveiled Wednesday.

Senate Bill 553 is the General Assembly’s annual regulatory reform bill, and it would repeal the 9-year-old ban on throwing electronics in landfills and make a number of other changes to state code.

The bill also includes a boost for Charlotte Motor Speedway, which would find it easier to get state money to clean up a landfill at its site.

In an effort to foster electronics recycling, current state law bans televisions, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines and similar devices from landfill disposal. Some Republican legislators have tried several times in recent years to do away with the ban but without success.

Sen. Andy Wells, R-Catawba, a bill sponsor, said Wednesday that the time has come. He listed a number of other electronic devices, including phones, tablets and video game systems, not subject to the ban and said televisions and computers are smaller now than when the ban passed in 2010.

Local governments with recycling programs made money on those efforts in the past, but they often lose money now, Wells said.

“The recycling market is cyclical,” he said. “It is not always good.”

This bill dips into several other code sections as well and would do the following:

The new bill language was released in the Senate Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources committee. Members discussed the measure, but won’t take a committee vote on it until Thursday.

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