TVs, computers, and some computer equipment are banned from NC landfills and therefore cannot be thrown away in the trash. Chatham County has set up containers called "E-Cycle Stations" for electronics to be recycled.
Where can I recycle my electronics?
County residents with a current decal can recycle TVs/monitors smaller than 25" or electronics weighing less than 50 pounds at any Chatham County Collection Center. Please do not break these items. Carefully place/stack them in the container.
Restrictions: Televisions and computer monitors larger than 25 inches or electronics more than 50 pounds are NOT accepted at any Collection Center.
During regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division's Main Facility at 28 County Services Road offers an E-Cycle Station for items of any size. If residents need a Saturday option, they can also bring electronics of any size to the Main Facility during the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off events on the 3rd Saturday of the month, March to November, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Why is there a size limit at the Collection Centers?
Some counties have chosen to hold an annual one-day electronics collection event with no other locations or times provided to recycle electronics, while others have set up larger containers or trailers at one or two permanent collection sites. Chatham County wants to offer as many convenient options as possible for our residents, so we've expanded the program to all 12 collection centers and our Main Facility.
However, the logistics and labor required to handle this number of locations present some real challenges. The restrictions are in place to help minimize the potential for injury to our staff and contractors who are handling these items. We also need to maximize the capacity of the containers and reduce the frequency of collection.
We appreciate residents' cooperation and assistance in managing these heavier and larger items by bringing them directly to our Main Facility at 28 County Services Road.
I notice the Cole Park Collection Center has a larger container, can I leave electronics over 50 pounds there?
No. Cole Park is our busiest center with the highest volume of electronics being recycled. The original container could not accommodate the volume and we do not have enough staff to empty it frequently.
I don't have a decal, what do I do with my electronics?
The E-Cycle Station at our Main Facility at 28 County Services Road is open to residents who live in the town limits of Pittsboro, Siler City, and Goldston. A decal is not required to recycle electronics at this location. Bring electronics during our business hours (Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm) and staff will show you where to unload your items.
If town residents would like to use the Collection Centers, they can purchase a decal at our main office. Decal information is found HERE.
What electronics can be recycled at Chatham County E-Cycle Stations?
The following items are accepted
in Chatham County's
Electronics Recycling Program:
Computers, Monitors, & Laptops
Cell Phones & Tablets
Hard Drives & Circuit Boards
Copier, Fax, Printers, & Scanners
Radios, Stereos, & Speakers
NOT ACCEPTED @ E-CYCLE STATIONS
TVs larger than 25 inches- need to go to the Main Facility
Any electronic weighing more than 50 pounds- need to go to the Main Facility
Peripheral computer items including keyboards, mouse, cords, cables, headphones, etc.
DVD and Blu-ray players and VCRs
CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, etc.
Appliances- place in the scrap metal bin
Batteries- can be recycled; ask attendant
Mercury-containing Devices or Radioactive Devices (fluorescent bulbs, thermostats, smoke alarms)
I see an item at the E-Cycle Station that I want, can I take it?
No. Scavenging is strictly prohibited. Due to safety and privacy concerns, items placed in the designated containers (E-Cycle Stations) become the property of Chatham County and will be brought back to our main facility or hauled directly to our electronics recycler, which provides secure data removal prior to recycling.
My item still works, can someone else reuse it?
Residents with a current decal may leave smaller working items in the Swap Shop so that they can be reused by other residents. However, all personal information should be removed first.
Some local nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity Home Store and the PTA Thrift Stores will accept some electronics for resale, but please call them first. Some computer repair services also take items to be refurbished and then donated to those in need.
All of these locations and times aren't convenient for me, what other options do I have?
Our program is intended to augment services provided by the private sector. Contact your Electronics Manufacturer directly to learn about their recycling options.
Some retailers also offer recycling options. Check with Best Buy, Walmart, Office Depot, Staples, Radio Shack, and Lowe's Home Improvement.
What options do businesses and nonprofits have?
A comprehensive list of options can be found at www.p2pays.org/electronics.
For more information, call Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling at 919-542-5516.
To learn more about North Carolina Landfill Bans, click HERE.