YOUR INPUT IS MOST HELPFUL! If you have found a place to recycle or repurpose items, please let Deane P., the Recycling Group Chair, know and she will share it on this website!!! Her contact information can be found under the Contacts tab. To print this page, click on the gear icon on the top of this page and select Print.

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

RECYCLE it at the curbside or other recycling centers
REUSE/DONATE at thrift stores (Pennies for Change, Durham Rescue Mission, Habitat ReStore, other thrift stores in the area)
REPURPOSE at home or Scrap Exchange or Habitat ReStore

Unsure of what to do with an item? Contact the Recycling Group leader for assistance (look under Contacts tab for name and email address). If she doesn't have an answer, she will research to find the best environmentally responsible way to dispose of it.

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RECYCLING

  • SAFE DISPOSAL of UNUSED MEDICATIONS - Walgreens
    • 6405 Fayetteville Rd. Durham. (NE corner of Fayetteville & HWY 54). Open 24 hrs.
    • DROP BOX inside located by the pharmacy
    • ACCEPTED NOT ACCEPTED
      prescription medications, ointments, patches needles
      over-the-counter meds, ointments, lotions, liquids thermometers
      pet meds, vitamins hydrogen peroxide
      medication aerosol cans illegal drugs
      inhalers  
  • SAY NO TO PLASTIC!!!
    • Some simple ways to use less plastic & help reduce the mounting plastic pollution everywhere --particularly in the oceans worldwide.
    • USE AVOID

      USE LAUNDRY STRIPS! Eco-Friendly, PLASTIC-FREE.

      earthbreeze.com

      tru.earth or beyondcleanproducts.com.

      Plastic JUGS!
      Paper or reusable metal straws plastic straws
      Reusable stainless/glass water bottle single use plastic bottle
      Glass containers sandwich/snack bags
      Reusable utensils Plastic utensils
      Metal razor Plastic razor
      Metal/wire hangers Plastic hangers
      Reusable shopping bag Plastic bags
  • CURBSIDE REMINDER
    • 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.
    • May put plastic caps back on plastic containers. BEST TO CRUSH BOTTLE FIRST.
    • Not sure if an item goes in bin? Google search 'Durham Recycle Guidelines'. The Waste Wizard has been updated with more detailed information. Orange County (Chapel Hill) recycle guidelines are also very good.

THREE SPECIAL RECYCLE PROGRAMS

  • SUBARU PROGRAM: Candy & snack wrappers/bags, disposable cups, lids & straws, doffee or creamer capsules (all brands) -- Subaru collection boxes are 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: https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/
    • ITEMS BEING COLLECTED as of 9/30/2021 - Collect and take bagged items to the Recycling group chair at any time.
      • JUICE POUCHES EMPTY - like Capri Sun/Honest Kids pouches
        • NO - juice boxes or bottles (can recycle)
      • FOOD POUCHESEMPTY yogurt & fruit sauce pouches
      • HEALTH ITEMS EMPTY
        • YES - health packaging: blister packs, tubes, bottles, caps, lids, cans, boxes.
        • 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 - The empty bottles go in curbside bin

ONGOING RECYCLING EFFORTS

  • 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. 919-610-3465 - Website: (www.anythingwithaplugrecycling.com)
      • 1008 Hammell Dr. Raleigh.
      • If you have a large broken item with a plug, e.g. refrigerator, call their number for possible pickup. Ask for Dennis and tell him Deane sent you.
      • NOTE: If you have any small non-working appliances, e.g. vacuum/blow dryer/coffee maker, etc, or any other small items this center accepts) -- contact the Recycling group chair. She takes and delivers items when she has a carload. Read more about this center below under "Computers, Laptops, etc."
  • BATTERIES
    • RECHARGABLE ONLY - (e.g. vehicle, camcorder, cell phone, etc). May drop off at Batteries Plus, Lowe's Home Improvement, Home Depot, Staples
    • SINGLE USE - A, C, D, 9V - Take to Durham Co. Waste Disposal & Recycling, 2115 W. Club Blvd. Website: (https://durhamnc.gov/878/Waste-Disposal-Recycling-Center)
  • COMPUTERS, LAPTOPS, TABLETS,TOWERS, MONITORS, ETC
    • Kramden Institute – Durham. 919-293-1133 - Website: (www.kramden.org).
      • 5010 NC 55, Durham.
      • They refurbish computers & laptops for K-12 students and low income adults, and accept most e-waste items. They offer technology tools & education to help people thrive in this digital world. Please refer to their website for more information.
    • Best Buy (google search - 'Best Buy recycling')
      • They 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 - 919-414-3041 - Website: (http://triangleecycling.com)
      • 2717 Western ByPass. Durham.
      • They take most e-waste and refurbish computers for students. Refer to their website for a complete list under "INDIVIDUALS" tab
    • Anything with a Plug Recycling – Raleigh. 919-610-3465 - Website: (www.anythingwithaplugrecycling.com)
      • 1008 Hammell Dr. Raleigh.
      • This recycle center takes most e-waste and almost anything else EXCEPT tube type TVs or monitors, light bulbs, smoke alarms. Refer to website for "What We DO Take" and "What We DON'T Take" lists.
      • NOTE: If you have any small non-working appliances, e.g. vacuum/blow dryer/coffee maker, etc, or any other small items this center accepts) -- contact the Recycling group chair. She takes and delivers items when she has a carload. Read more about this center above under "Appliances".
  • INK CARTRIDGES - Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy
  • LIGHT BULBS -
    • Lowes & Home Depot - Compact florescent (CFL) only!
    • Batteries Plus – Long fluorescent (2', 4', & 8') for a small recycling charge.
    • Durham Waste Disposal & Recycling - all florescent bulbs, compact & long. NOTE: Incandescent light bulbs go in the trash as per Durham Recycling Guidelines/Waste Wizard.
  • PACKAGING PEANUTSNOT recyclable - keep for packaging or offer to packaging stores. Packaging Express in Woodcroft Shopping Center.
  • PLASTIC BAGS - RECYCLE DEPOSIT BIN AT STORE - Website: (www.plasticfilmrecycling.org). Did you know you can put more than just plastic grocery bags in the recycling bin at the store??? . Other CLEAN & DRY soft plastics that can be placed in with these bags are:
    • bread/bagel bags & produce bags
    • product over-wrap on paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, diapers etc.
    • bubble wrap & packing air pillows - puncture 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
    • newspaper sleeves
    • dry cleaning bags
    • ice bags, #2, #4 heavier bags like bird seed bags – remove any metal closures
    • plastic wrap around on new furniture
  • PLASTIC PLANT POTS, TRAYS, TAGS - Home Depot Garden Center & Lowes Garden Center - Return to the garden center cashier
  • STYROFOAMWHITE BLOCK PIECES ONLY - Shimar Recycling - Website: (www.shimar.com)
    • 938 Harvest St Durham
    • No food containers or egg cartons. Pay $5 for a huge bin full. Take yours and put in their bins.
  • TEXTILES - unusable clothing, shoes, belts, rags, linens, towels, +++.

REUSING / REPURPOSING

SCRAP EXCHANGEIn Lakewood Shopping Center. (https://scrapexchange.org) Hours: Tue - Sat 11am - 6pm

  • ONE CARLOAD drop-off - Appt needed Tue-Thu.  Make appt on website. No appointment needed Fri-Sat. 
  • 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.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE(https://www.trianglerestores.org) NOTE: THEY TAKE MATTRESSES TOO!

  • 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.