Waste Reductions & Sustainability

Waste reduction activities, such as recycling, help to save energy, reduce pollution, generate jobs, and conserve landfill space. The city’s goal is to increase recycling by diverting recyclable items from the landfill. Solid Waste Management hosts citywide events such as e-waste collections and paper shredding, and education sessions at PAC meetings and in Durham County Public Schools.

The city collects recycling on alternating weeks. In Durham, it's easy to recycle. Place all acceptable recycling items in 1 container, no need for sorting. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center 2115 East Club Boulevard, accepts several items that cannot be placed in the recycling cart for curbside collection.
  1. Business Recycling

    Currently, the City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department provides trash and recycling services to 1,100 businesses.

  2. Business Recycling

    Currently, the City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department provides trash and recycling services to 1,100 businesses.

  3. Composting

    Composting is a practical and fun way to turn your organic waste into a useful soil amendment for use in your plants, yard or garden.

  4. Electronics Recycling

    As of July 1, 2011, the disposal of e-waste in North Carolina landfills is prohibited.

  5. Public Speaking & Outreach

    Staff from the Solid Waste Management Department is available to speak to schools, civic groups, neighborhood associations, scout troops, and all interested groups about waste reduction in the City of Durham.

  6. Recycling

    Recycling is one of the best ways you can help to protect the environment.

  7. Television Collection

    Television collection is offered by appointment only and is not considered a bulky item.