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.

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 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.

Year-round, residents may drop off fully intact televisions and computer equipment items at no charge 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 (336) 784-4300 or Goodwill Industries at (336) 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.

Plastic Bottle Landfill Ban Takes Effect

A state law banning disposal of plastic bottles in landfills is in effect. Plastic bottles join aluminum cans, which have been banned since 1994, as items that must be recycled.

During the 2005 legislative session, the N.C. General Assembly passed House Bill 1465, banning plastic bottles from disposal in landfills effective Oct. 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. It does NOT accept bottle caps or tops; antifreeze, pesticide, motor oil or other hazardous material containers; containers that are not bottles, such as deli or yogurt containers, margarine tubs, or flower pots; plastic bottles that are not marked with the recyclable symbol; wide-mouth prescription bottles; plastic bags of any type; plastic wrap, or Styrofoam.

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:


  • Hanes Mill Road Landfill, 325 Hanes Mill Road, (336) 661-4900
  • Forsyth Co. Center #1, 445 Lindsay St., Kernersville (near the Public Works Dept.), (336) 723-2784
  • Forsyth Co. Center #2, 6328 Yadkinville Rd., Pfafftown (beside Vienna Volunteer Fire Dept.), (336) 723-2784

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.

For more information about recycling go to the Recycle Today web site.

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