Computer & Electronic Waste

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One of the fastest growing waste streams in the world is computer and electronic waste or e-waste. This is due to rapidly changing technology and innovation in the manufacturing of items such as computers, cell phones, televisions, and other electronic devices.

Durham County residents have several options when it comes to the disposal of computers and e-waste:

Reuse or Donation

With the rapid proliferation of new technology when it comes to computers, televisions, and cell phones often times the choice to dispose of an item is based solely on having a newer and improved version. In this case the “obsolete” item may still operate and have some use and therefore can be donated to a charity, resold, or taken to the County’s Swap Shop.


Non-working and extremely outdated e-waste, especially computers and accessories should be recycled. Contact the equipment manufacturer for take back/collection program details.

Please bring your non-working items to the City of Durham’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Center located at 2115 E. Club Boulevard in Durham. For more information please call 919-560-4186.

Best Buy has a program that offers residents an electronics and appliances trade-In and recycling option in efforts to reduce e-waste. Here is the link to the program:


1-800-GOT-JUNK? offers an Electronics removal & disposal service in the Durham County area. Using this service, citizens are able to dispose of their electronic waste properly & from the comfort of their own home, as the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? team comes and removes it for them.

Want to learn more about electronics recycling?  Visit this website: