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Friday, January 25, 2013

Tomorrow’s E-Waste, Paper Shredding and Christmas Tree Recycling Event Canceled Due to Inclement Weather

Free Event Rescheduled for Saturday, February 2

DURHAM, N.C. – Due to the predicted inclement weather today, tomorrow’s E-Waste, Paper Shredding and Christmas Tree Recycling Event has been canceled. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium, located at 750 Stadium Dr.

Next Saturday’s event, co-sponsored by the City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department, Sonoco Recycling, Shimar Recycling, Synergy Recycling and Durham County Government, will accept nearly all electronic devices with a cord, including:
•  Computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, etc.
•  Televisions, stereo equipment, tape players, receivers, amplifiers, record players, etc.
•  Kitchen electronics, such as microwaves, mixers, blenders, choppers, etc.
•  Telephones, cell phones, and fax machines
•  Hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks and vacuum cleaner
•  Power tools, cordless tools, etc.
•  Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems
•  This event will not accept large appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners, or any other appliances that contain Freon.

Confidential paper shredding will also be provided on site. Requirements for shredding include:
•  Paper may contain paper clips and staples; however, hanging file folders will not be accepted.
•  Only paper should be brought for shredding. CDs, DVDs, and other non-paper items will not be accepted. 
•  All paper should be loose and not in binders or other binding items made of non-paper.
•  Residents may be present to observe their confidential document shredding if the amount to be shredded can fit into one 96-gallon roll cart (approximately 240 pounds of material or approximately eight small, banker boxes of material).
•  Participants with larger quantities will have items placed in boxes to be shredded off-site at Shimar Recycling’s secure facility. 

Christmas trees will also be accepted at this event. Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half and not placed in bags. Residents should also remove all decorations and hardware, including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and stands.

Durham residents who can’t make this event can still safely and conveniently recycle their old electronics at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station), 2115 E. Club Blvd. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

For information about items accepted at this event or the City’s recycling facilities, contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 or visit

About the Solid Waste Management Department
The City of Durham's Solid Waste Management Department promotes and supports a high quality of life for the residents of Durham by providing comprehensive, responsive, environmentally-safe, efficient and cost-effective solid waste collection, recycling and disposal programs. Department services include roll-out cart collection, cart delivery and repair service, cardboard collection, yard waste collection, waste reduction and recycling, bulky item pick-up, and disposal services. For more information, visit

Published: 01/25/2013 - Last Edited: