Banned From the Landfill

Items Banned From the Landfill

Some items are not allowed to be dumped at the landfills - recycle these instead!


Televisions, computers and related computer equipment are banned from landfills in North Carolina per Session Law 2010-67, Senate Bill 887. The electronic waste disposal ban affects:

  • All televisions, including:
    • Flat-Panel Televisions
    • Projection Televisions
    • Televisions with Picture Tubes
  • Computer equipment, including:
    • CPUs
    • Laptops
    • Mice and Keyboards
    • Monitors
    • Printers
    • Printers/Fax Machines/Scanners

The ban affects city households with bulky item collections. These households are not to place televisions and computer equipment out for collection. The ban does not affect city garbage collections, which do not accept electronic waste.

Computers can be recycled through RECONNECT, an electronics recycling program. The program also accepts printers and monitors. The Dell, Inc. and Goodwill Industries partnership allows you to simply take your equipment to any Goodwill store or donation center. All brands and conditions of equipment are accepted.

Drop Off

Year-round, residents may drop off fully intact televisions and computer equipment items at no charge at 3RC across from Bowman Gray Stadium The Enviro-Station, located at:
1401 S Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27107

More information about this ban can be found from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality website.

Plastic Bottle Landfill Ban

During the 2005 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 1465, banning plastic bottles from disposal in landfills effective October 1, 2009.

The city’s curbside recycling program accepts all plastic bottles that have a neck smaller than the base or widest part of the bottle. Find out what is not accepted by curbside recycling on the Preparing Materials page.

Recycling plastic bottles conserves energy and resources and creates jobs; more than 14,000 people are employed in the recycling industry in North Carolina. Bottles can be recycled back into plastic bottles, or into such other products as carpet, lumber, other types of containers or even clothing.

Apartment Recycling Pickups

Apartment dwellers and others without access to the curbside recycling program should place recyclables in the recycling center for their apartment complex or take them to one of these public recycling centers:

  • Forsyth County Center Number 1 located near the Public Works Department at:
    445 Lindsay Street
    Kernersville, NC 27284
    • Phone: 336-723-2784
  • Forsyth County Center Number 2 located beside Vienna Volunteer Fire Department at:
    6328 Yadkinville Road
    Pfafftown, NC 27040
    • Phone: 336-723-2784
  • Hanes Mill Road Landfill located at:
    325 Hanes Mill Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27105
    • Phone: 336-661-4900