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Under a new state law that takes effect July 1, televisions and computers and related computer equipment will be banned from landfills in North Carolina.

The electronic waste disposal ban affects computer equipment, including CPUs, laptops, monitors, printers, printer/fax/scan devices, mice and keyboards; and all televisions, including flat-panel televisions, projection televisions and televisions with picture tubes.

The ban will affect city households with bulky item collection after July 1. These households will not be able to place televisions and computer equipment out for collection. The ban does not affect city garbage collections, which do not accept electronic waste.

Hewlett-Packard is sponsoring a free residential electronics recycling drop-off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at Hanesbrands Inc., 401 W. Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem. This electronics drop-off event will accept any form of consumer electronics, including DVD players and audio equipment. It cannot accept home appliances, items with refrigerants or equipment that has been in contact with chemicals or liquids.

Year-round, residents may drop off these televisions and computer equipment at no charge at any attended Goodwill Donation Center and at 3RC The Enviro-Station at 1401 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, across from Bowman Gray Stadium.

Businesses should make arrangements for disposing of their e-waste through 3RC, the company that operates the Enviro-Station, or through Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, which can schedule a pick-up of commercial donations. Businesses may contact 3RC at 784-4300 or Goodwill Industries at 724-3625, ext. 259.

The landfill ban on these e-wastes was included in Session Law 2010-67 of the General Assembly, which establishes an electronics recycling program for North Carolina with shared responsibility between manufacturers, retailers, consumers, and local and state government.

More information about the statewide e-waste disposal ban and alternate forms of e-waste management is available at North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.


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