Televisions, computers, and some electronic equipment are banned from NC landfills and therefore cannot be thrown away in the trash. Chatham County has electronics recycling at the Collection Centers and Main Facility.
We can ACCEPT the following items in the Electronics Recycling at the Collection Centers:
- Computers, Monitors, & Laptops- screen must be less than 25 inches across.
- Televisions (flat and CRT units)- screen must be less than 25 inches across.
- Printers, Scanners, and Fax Machines
- Cell Phones & Tablets
- Hard Drives Circuit Boards, Router, Modem, Cable and Satellite Boxes
- Radio, Stereo, and Speakers
- Surge Protectors
Restriction: We cannot accept ANY electronic that is more than 50 pounds at the Collection Centers.
We CANNOT ACCEPT the following items in the Electronics Recycling at the Collection Center or Main Facility:
- Peripheral computer items including keyboards, mouse, headphones, etc.- place in the trash.
- Cords, cables, and headphones- place in the trash.
- DVD, Blu-ray players, and VCRs- place in the trash.
- Gaming systems- place in the trash.
- CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, etc.- place in the trash.
- Cameras- place in the trash.
- Landline telephones- place in the trash.
- Appliances- place in the scrap metal bin or trash.
To learn more about what is and is not accepted at the Collection Centers and Main Facility visit our online guide- How Do I Dispose of...
Frequently Asked Questions about Electronics
I don't have a decal, what can I do with my electronics?
The Electronics Recycling at our Main Facility at 28 County Services Road, Pittsboro is open to residents who do not have a decal. We are open Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and staff will show you where to unload your items. We will not always have someone at the Main Facility who can help you so be prepared to load it into a container.
If town residents would like to use the Collection Centers, they can purchase a decal at our main office. Decal information is found HERE.
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 see an item at the Electronics Recycling that I want, can I take it?
No. Scavenging is strictly prohibited. Due to safety and privacy concerns, items placed in the containers at the Collection Center and Main Facility become the property of Chatham County.
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.
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. 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.
What options do businesses and nonprofits have?
The Collection Centers and Main Facility are for household electronics only. Businesses and nonprofits need to contact an electronics recycler directly for recycling options. The NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service maintains a list of approved electronic recyclers. A comprehensive list of options can be found at www.p2pays.org.
For more information, call the Main Facility at 919-542-5516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org