Anti-environment state senators are targeting another well-established environmental protection rule for elimination: the prohibition against dumping electronics and their toxic components in landfills.
Present North Carolina law bars the disposal of discarded computers and televisions in landfills, because these electronic goods can contain hazardous materials. Senate Bill 553, the latest so-called “Regulatory Reform Act,” would dump that ban, among other provisions.
Opponents of the bill cite the potential for lead, cadmium, mercury, and other toxic materials to escape into groundwater or into the air when these electronics are crushed. They point out that a fee on sales of these electronics already underwrites the costs of recycling them, and that North Carolina companies exist which take care of that recycling.