Legislators in Raleigh made the recovery and recycling of electronics a priority in North Carolina by banning computer equipment and televisions from disposal in the landfills.
The focus is on two types of electronics:
Computer equipment – CPUs, monitors, keyboards, printers, mouse devices, game controllers, and anything that connects to your computer.
Televisions – all types of TVs, including flat screens, projection TVs and consoles.
- It is illegal to dispose of these items in the trash.
The above items account for the largest portion of consumer electronics found in our waste stream. It is estimated that upwards of 50,000 tons of computers and peripherals are discarded in North Carolina each year, along with more than 30,000 tons of televisions.
Keeping these materials out of landfills is important for a healthy environment and vibrant economy. Landfill space is at a premium in North Carolina; removing these items from our waste stream will save a great deal of space for materials that cannot be reused or recycled. Valuable materials recovered from old electronics can be used to make new products. As a result, we create less pollution, and save energy and natural resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth. In addition, Guilford County and the southeastern United States are home to a large number of recycling processors. Feeding these businesses with the materials they need helps to keep money and jobs here in our local communities.
Everyone in Guilford County has access to safe, FREE electronics recycling at two drop-off locations:
- Guilford County Scrap Tire & White Goods Recycling Center – 2138 Bishop Road, Greensboro. Open 8AM-4PM, Monday through Friday. (336) 294-9431
- Guilford County Farm – 7315 Howerton Road, Gibsonville – Open 6AM – 4PM, Monday through Friday. (336) 641-2630
These sites offer a convenient, safe and secure way to dispose of household electronics and virtually anything with a plug. Items collected are stored, transported and processed securely at a local facility.
For more information, contact Guilford County Environmental Services at (336) 641- 3792.