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Effective January 1, 2011, covered electronic devices (CEDs) will be banned from WV Landfills.

CEDs include a televisions, computers or video display devices with a screen that is greater than four inches measured diagonally. "Covered electronic device" does not include a video display device that is part of a motor vehicle or that is contained within a household appliance or commercial, industrial or medical equipment.

Landfill in the West Virginia will no longer be able to deposit these items into their landfill. They will however be able to accept them to be recycled, similar to tires, white goods and other special wastes.

Landfill operators should notify all their customers about the upcoming ban. Notification can take the form of signage placed on facility grounds, visible to everyone entering the property. Free Day offers the opportunity to inform county residents and others that may be using the facility about the ban.

Click here for examples of signage and flyers. Operators should also notify regular and commercial account via mail, e mail or through information on their web site.

A plan for the proper identification and handling of these materials should be developed as is appropriate at each landfill or transfer station. The plan should include the following.

  • Training of employees to properly identify CEDs;

  • Procedures for visual inspection of incoming loads;

  • Procedures for removing CEDs from incoming loads;

  • Procedures for handling and storage of CEDs coming into the facility;

  • Designation of storage and shipping locations for CEDs;

  • Directional signage indicating where incoming CEDs can be off-loaded for recycling;

  • Procedures for proper packaging for shipping of CEDs for recycling

This plan should be incorporated into the facility operations plan and should have a strong employee health and safety component.

It is also recommended that a plan be developed for keeping records. The number of units and weight of electronics coming into the facility should be recorded as should information on material being shipped for recycling.

For more detail on the landfill ban, go to the "Landfill Ban on E-Waste" link on this page.

On December 22, 2011, the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Randy Huffman, issued a memorandum concerning the collection of "Covered Electronic Devices," as defined by W. Va. Code 22-15A-2-(17) by the states landfill operators and landfill owners.

Click on the following link for a complete copy of the Secretary's Memorandum. Memo re Collection of Covered Electronic Devices 12-22-2011.

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For information on SB 398 and the landfill ban on electronics, stakeholders meetings and general information on e-waste planning and e-Cycling:

Carol Throckmorton

304-926-0448, e 1671
Nicole Hunter
304-926-0448, e 1116
For information on the Covered Electronic Devices Grant program, manufacture registration and compliance,  and general information on e-Cycling:
Niki Davis
304-926-0499, e 1137
Lisa Facemyer

WV Solid Waste Management Board
601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: 304-926-0448
Fax: 304-926-0472
Toll Free: 866-568-6649