Written by Lisa Doty, Watauga Recycling Coordinator
Thursday, 23 June 2011 09:42
Computer equipment and televisions will be banned from disposal in North Carolina landfills as of July 1, following a law passed last year by the General Assembly. Session Law 2010-67 bans from landfill disposal computer equipment, which includes laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, scanners and peripherals such as mice and keyboards.
Other components of the law are designed to create recycling opportunities for discarded electronics across the state and to place significant responsibilities on electronics manufacturers to help fund and create those opportunities.
“Watauga County has offered electronic recycling to residents and businesses since May 2008 and we have captured more than 130 tons of valuable materials for reuse and reduced our dependence on landfills,” said Watauga County Recycling Coordinator Lisa Doty.
All electronic equipment must be weighed in at the scale house on Landfill Road, Monday – Friday 8 – 4 and Saturday 8 – 12. In addition to the County electronics recycling program, all computer manufacturers are required to offer at least free mail-back for their own equipment, and some offer additional kinds of recycling options. A number of retailers also offer recycling of electronics, as do some nonprofit and charitable agencies. A comprehensive list of recycling options can be found at: http://www.p2pays.org/electronics/.
The disposal ban helps divert highly usable materials to a growing electronics recycling industry in the state. North Carolina is home to a number of major national and regional electronics processors with investments of plants and equipment exceeding $50 million that employ more than 300 North Carolinians.
Watauga County sends all electronic equipment to Synergy Recycling in Mayodan, NC. Synergy employs 100 people and maintains the highest possible standards of excellence in their electronics and scrap metal recovery / recycling operations. Synergy was recently featured in a national publication for turning nearly 100 percent of its obsolete electronics stream into marketable secondary commodities.
Computer equipment and televisions join a list of other materials banned from disposal in North Carolina, including most recently plastic bottles, wooden pallets and oil filters. These bans have resulted in increased recycling of the materials and have helped spur further growth in the state’s recycling economy. As with previous similar measures, enforcement of the electronics disposal ban will focus on disposal facilities such as landfills and transfer stations.
For details on Session Law 2010-67, please visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/sw/electronics, or contact Lisa Doty at
or call 828-265-4852 / 828-264-5305.