Television sets and computers cannot be picked up this year during the city’s annual bulky item collection, which starts today.
Under a new state law that took effect last July, televisions and computers and related computer equipment are banned from landfills in North Carolina. Because of the new law, television, computers and related equipment were added to the list of items that the city Sanitation Division will not collect during bulky item pickup.
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.
Year-round, city residents may drop off televisions and computer equipment items 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 714-3066.
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.
Other items that city crews cannot collect during bulky item pickup include tires, car parts, paint, oil drums, yard waste, wood, lumber, building material, glass, cement, rocks and hazardous or infectious waste.
For more information about bulky item collection and a collection schedule, go to www.BulkyItems.CityofWS.org or call CityLink 311.