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October 2007

North Carolina passes tougher landfill and e-waste rules

North Carolina Governor, Mike Easley, has signed into law Senate Bill 1492, “The Solid Waste Management Act of 2007.’’

The new law provides stricter regulation of landfills, funds to help communities clean up old landfills and hazardous waste sites and requires computer manufacturers to recycle computer components they sell in North Carolina.

The new law increased the distance that a landfill must be located from streams from 50 feet to 200 feet. It also forbids the construction of landfills within five miles of a national wildlife refuge, two miles of a state park and one mile from a state gameland. The legislation establishes a $2-per-ton tax for trash disposal in landfills to clean up abandoned dumps and hazardous waste sites along with paying for local government waste management efforts. Computer manufacturers are required to recycle used equipment.

Most portions of the act become effective January 1, 2009.