State landfill bans are playing an important role in increasing the recovery of electronic waste at County full service recycling centers. On January 1, 2011, computer devices and televisions were added to the State of North Carolina landfill ban. County full service recycling centers have reported average annual increase of 41% in tonnage of electronic waste recovered. However, the initial two increases were in 2009, when the landfill ban was originally expected to pass, and in 2012 the year after the landfill ban on computers and televisions was enacted, these two years had a 69% and 55% annual increase in electronic waste recovered respectively. The following year 2013, saw the largest tonnage of electronic waste recovered by Mecklenburg County with 966 tons, almost an 800 ton increase since 2006. The State of North Carolina landfill ban and public education about the full service drop-off centers combined with the general increase in consumer electronics have led to the increases in electronic waste diversion from the landfill.
For more information contact: Nezzie Russell, Contract Coordinator: Nezzie.Russell@mecklenburgcountync.gov What you can do to increase the recovery of HHW and E-Waste
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