Procedures for Electronic Waste Recycling at Duke

Faculty and Staff - Duke Property

All University and Health System-purchased property, including electronics, must flow through the Surplus Property Program at end-of-life. The items are collected daily and transported to various facilities for donation, wiping or recycling. Computers and data-containing items that do not pass Department of Defense wiping standards are transported via secure vehicle, to a local electronics recycler. The destruction of these items is then witnessed by University staff, resulting in a fine, gravel-like metal mixture that is then recycled by metal type. By strategically selecting a local electronics recycling firm, it is ensured that the electronic waste is recycled responsibly and is never resold and exported.

Electronics in good repair are donated to internal University and Health System departments, as well as the local school system and hundreds of area non-profit groups.

Faculty and Staff - Personal Property

Durham City Residents

Electronics can be taken to the Waste Disposal & Recycling (Transfer Station) center located at 2115 East Club Blvd. Monday-Friday, 7:30-4:30 and Saturday, 7:30-Noon.  There is no charge to bring electronics to this facility.  Household Hazardous Waste will no longer accept electronics at their facility located at 1900 East Club Blvd.

Wake County Residents

Wake County has several sites where residents can drop off their electronics.  Residents can drop off their electronics at Multi-Material Recycling Facilities and Convenience Centers #1, #4, and #11.  Find more information on the county's website.

Orange County Residents

Electronic waste is accepted at Orange County's Solid Waste Convenience Centers.  Items accepted include any data carrying electronics such as computers, computer peripherals, televisions, telephones, CD and DVD players, radio and stereo receivers, fax machines and VCR's. Also accepted are compact discs and plastic jewel cases.

What items can be recycled?

Unless otherwise specified, the locations above generally accept most electronic devices with a cord including: computers, laptops, keyboards, mouse, printers, computer monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, stereo equipment, tape players, amplifiers, record players, speakers, microwaves, mixers, blenders, telephones, cell phones, fax machines, hair dryers, curling irons, vacuum cleaners, and power tools.

Students

Students are encouraged to dispose of any unwanted electronics with Duke Recycles or the City of Durham.  If you have access to a vehicle, Duke Recycles encourages all students to use the information provided for Durham City Residents to dispose of electronics.

For more information on recycling electronics, or if you do not have access to a car, please call Duke Recycles at 919-660-1448.

What items can be recycled?

Most electronic devices with a cord are acceptable including: computers, laptops, keyboards, mouse, printers, computer monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, stereo equipment, tape players, amplifiers, record players, speakers, microwaves, mixers, blenders, telephones, cell phones, fax machines, hair dryers, curling irons, vacuum cleaners, and power tools.

North Carolina Electronics Ban

According to Session Law 2010-67, televisions, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, and computer peripherals such as keyboards and mice are banned from disposal in landfills in North Carolina as of July 1, 2011.  It is mandatory to recycle these items in North Carolina.