Don't dump that old TV; deliver it

Trashing that TV is bad; donating or recycling is nice and easy

Staff writerDecember 31, 2009 

  • Want to donate?

    Purple Elephant Computer Factory in Raleigh accepts computers and parts and redistributes them to children in need. Call 919-788-7740 for more information.

    The Kramden Institute, a nonprofit in Research Triangle Park, connects children with donated computers. Call 919-293-1133 to arrange a drop-off time.

    Need to recycle?

    In Raleigh, call the solid waste department at 919-996-6890 for curbside computer pick-up. Or drop off other electronics in person at Eco Lube, 4901 Atlantic Ave.

    In Wake County, electronics can be dropped off for free recycling at two sites - the South Wake Transfer Station at 6025 Old Smithfield Road in Apex and the North Wake Multi-Recycling Facility at 9029 Deponie Drive in Raleigh.

    In Orange County, recycling is available at the county landfill, 1514 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. Go to for more information and other drop-off locations.

    In Cary, free curbside pickup for computers can be arranged by calling 469-4090 or by dropping them off at the town's Citizen's Convenience Center at 313 N. Dixon Ave.

    In Durham, old electronics can be taken to the city's Household Hazardous Waste Center at 1900 E. Club Blvd.

— There are worse problems than having to declare your television obsolete after finding a brand-new plasma set with a Christmas bow on it.

But for those who find themselves in such a situation, there are plenty of options for getting rid of your old TV, computer screen or even your toaster.

Does it work? Sell it or donate it to a thrift shop or charity that will sell it or redistribute it. Just don't dump it in the trash can. Tossing computer monitors, televisions and chip boards in Dumpsters can be environmentally unsound because of lead and other hazardous materials inside.

If it doesn't work, most Triangle-area landfills offer recycling for electronics and appliances.

Sanitation workers always see a spike in computers, televisions and electronics getting tossed after the holiday season, said Lowell Shaw, Wake County's solid waste facility manager.

People need to get used to recycling their electronics - a state law goes into effect in January 2011 that makes it illegal to dump electronics such as televisions and computer monitors in landfills, Shaw said.

Donating obsolete electronics leaves the smallest carbon footprint, said Linda Leighton, a waste reduction specialist for Raleigh.

"Rather than automatically recycling or putting it in the trash, we'd rather they find someplace to donate," Leighton said.

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