Same goes for the keyboard, the printer, the monitor, the laptop and the small television that made it through high school, freshman and sophomore years at college. The landfill is no place for electronics such as televisions, computers and all the accessories.
With summer nearly over and students already in class or returning to school and college with new computers and other electronics, information about proper disposal of broken or unwanted items is a plus.
A state law in effect since July 1, 2011 directs North Carolina residents to get rid of these items at special drop-off sites. In Mecklenburg County, residents can find information online about where to dispose of unwanted electronics in the County.
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources includes lots of information on its website about the state's electronic management plan, including definitions for computer equipment and televisions. The website address is http//portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/sw/electronics/definitions.
Additional information for County residents
Mecklenburg County has four staffed recycling centers for proper recycling and disposal. For example, Hickory Grove Recycling Center is one site and there is information online about what can be taken to that full-service center, and the others, for drop off. The other three are Foxhole Recycling Center, North Mecklenburg Recycling Center and West Mecklenburg Recycling Center.
Learn more about recycling in Mecklenburg County at the Web page for Wipeout Waste.