If you have found a place to recycle or repurpose items, please let Deane P. know and she will share it on this website!!!

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PAY   IT  FORWARD –  taking care of our planet for the next generations by keeping as much out of the landfills as possible.

Unsure of what to do with an item – large or small IF:

  1. cannot be recycled in your curbside bin,
  2. cannot be donated to a thrift store (Pennies for Change, Scrap Thrift, Durham Rescue Mission, Habitat ReStore, etc)
  3. cannot be repurposed at home or donated for crafts, construction, etc. ( Scrap Exchange, Habitat for Humanity Restore, etc.)

Contact Deane for assistance.  If she doesn’t know, she will do research and find the best way to handle the item in an environmentally responsible way.



Some simple ways to use less plastic & help reduce the mounting plastic pollution everywhere --particularly in the oceans worldwide.

REPLACE laundry detergent bottles with LAUNDRY STRIPS! Eco-Friendly, PLASTIC-FREE.  No More Plastic JUGS! Review/purchase at or or

* Say NO to plastic straws ** Bring reusable bag with you ** Avoid single use plastic water bottles - have a reusable stainless/glass bottle for everyone instead ** Pack lunches/snacks in glass containers -- no little bags ** Stop using plastic cutlery -- bring your own ** Go with a metal razor -- no more plastic disposables ** Choose cardboard over plastic when you can ** Avoid buying products with excess plastic packaging ** Get the 'hang' of using wire hangers.



    • Put recyclables in the curbside bin LOOSE!!! -- NOT in a large plastic garbage bag.  The bag will jam the machinery so they will remove the whole bag and put it in the trash/landfill.
    • We can put plastic caps back on to plastic containers.
    • Not sure if an item goes in bin?  Google search 'recycling guidelines durham nc' for a picture of common items.  Click on 'quick reference flyer'.


  • SUBARU PROGRAM: Candy & snack wrappers/bags, disposable cups, lids & straws, doffee or creamer capsules (all brands) -- Subaru has separate collection boxes for each of the above three categories in their lobby.  Collect & take to dealership at Southpoint  - corner of Fayetteville Rd. and Renaissance Pkwy.
  • OUR WWC PRESIDENT: ALL BRANDS of skin care, hair care, & cosmetic packaging -- Our president is collecting these items for a 'Personal Care & Beauty Care Program' through Terracycle.  She has offered to collect any of these items from members and then send them off.  Thanks Carrie!  Please contact her to plan a time to deliver them to her.
  • TERRACYCLE/Durham Public Schools (DPS) - Recycling Fundraiser:
    • ITEMS  BEING COLLECTED as of 2/27/21  (**new) - These items will be collected every few months so keep adding these things to your DPS collection bin.  I’ll let you know when to bring them to me.    THANKS    dp
      • JUICE POUCHES  – EMPTY - like Capri Sun/Honest Kids pouches
        • NO - juice boxes or bottles (can recycle)
      • FOOD POUCHESEMPTY  yogurt & fruit sauce pouches
        • YES - health packaging: blister packs, tubes, bottles, caps, lids, cans, boxes.                                             
        • YES - Personal care – ie: Body wash, deodorant etc --- tubes, caps, lids 
        • NO - prescription bottles.  Most of these are curbside recyclable -- #’s 1,2,5
      • DENTAL  -- Toothbrushes, EMPTY   paste tubes & floss containers
      • MAKE UP CONTAINERS – EMPTY - Mascara, lipstick tubes, eye shadow
      • WATER FILTERS  - Brita &  PurB
      • BOTTLE  TRIGGER  SPRAYS  (empty bottles go in curbside bin)
      • E-WASTE  
        • YES – cell phones, Laptops, netbooks, iPads, Inkjet cartridges from HP & Canon
        • NO -   Toner cartridges, chargers, cables, Headphones/headsets


  • APPLIANCES (small or large, NON-WORKING) & OTHER ITEMS WITH A PLUG - plus much more -   such as glass, bikes, plastic toys, plastic or metal lawn or office furniture, lawn equipment, car seats.  
    • Anything with a Plug Recycling – Raleigh.  Refer to their website for more information. (
    • Deane makes intermittent trips to this center.  Contact her if you have small items.  Call Dennis to schedule pickup if you have large items.
  • BATTERIES -  recycled by  Batteries Plus, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Staples - rechargeable only (i.e. vehicle, camcorder, cell phone, etc).  Note: single use A, D, & C no longer have mercury in them so unfortunately they go in the trash.
    • Kramden Institute – 919 688 6960  
      • 4915 Prospectus Dr., Durham.  (  Off Sedwick and Alston.  They refurbish computers to be given to needy students and more. 
      • Take  most e-waste items.  Refer to their website for more information.
    • Best Buy (google search - 'Best Buy recycling') -- take all kinds of used tech/e-waste regardless of where you purchased it or how old it is.
      • May charge for some items.
    • Triangle Ecycling ( --Also refurbish computers for needy groups.  Take most e-waste items.  Refer to their website for location plus a list under 'Individuals' -- 'what we take'.
    • Anything with a Plug Recycling in Raleigh ( -- Take most e-waste items.  Refer to their website for a list.  You'll see they take almost anything!
      • See more for this center under 'small/large appliances'.  If you have anything for this center, call Deane.  Deane goes when she has enough items.
  • INK CARTRIDGES -  Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy
    • Batteries Plus – CFL's & long fluorescent.  Charge to recycle the older incandescent bulbs.
    • Lowes & Home Depot - CFLs only
  • PACKAGING PEANUTSNOT recycleable - keep for packaging or offer to packaging stores.  Packaging Express in Woodcroft Shopping Center.
  • PLASTIC BAG RECYCLE DEPOSIT BIN AT STORE -  DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN PUT MORE THAN JUST PLASTIC  GROCERY BAGS IN THIS RECYCLING BIN AT THE STORE???  (from  Other soft plastics –(need to be clean & dry) that can be placed in with these bags are:newspaper sleeves
    • dry cleaning bags
    • bread/bagel etc bags
    • produce bags
    • product over-wrap on paper towels-toilet paper-napkins-diapers etc.
    • bubble wrap
    • packing air pillows punctured to let air out
    • plastic retail bags – remove plastic handle & strings
    • clean dry food storage like sandwich baggies
    • cereal box liner if doesn’t tear like paper
    • Ice bag – remove metal closure
    • #2 & #4 bags like heavier bird seed bags
    • plastic wrap-around on new furniture
    • and any other soft plastic similar to those listed here.
  • PLASTIC PLANT POTS, TRAYS, TAGS -    Home Depot Garden Center - Return to the garden center cashier
  • STYROFOAM  (usually #6) – (BLOCK PIECES ONLY)  - Shimar Recycling,  938 Harvest St Durham –
    • Pay $5 for a huge bin full.  Take yours and put in their bins.  
  • TEXTILES - unusable clothing, shoes, belts, rags, linens, towels, +++. 
    • Drop off at Parkwood Solid Waste Convenience Site, 5928 NC-55, Durham (corner TW Alexander & Rt. 55 - **sticker required**)
    • or City's Waste Disposal & Recycling, 2115 E. Club Blvd, Durham.




  • They take many items that cannot be recycled but are very useful for teachers, crafters and others for numerous projects. 
  • They now have a Thrift Shop so you can make one stop.
  • Refer to their website for a long list of items to keep out of the landfills that they gladly repurpose. 


  • They take gently used furniture, building materials, cabinets, appliances less than 10 years old, electronics in working condition and much more.  They will pick up large items.  Refer to their website 'under DONATE' for information about more items and pick up policy.