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2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

Household Hazardous Waste at Full Service Recycling Centers

indicatorThe quantity of Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste collected at Mecklenburg County recycling centers continues to increase. 
Household Hazardous Waste at Full Service Recycling Centers
Mecklenburg County's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection program has averaged an 11.8% increase in annual tonnage since 2006. In addition to accepting substances currently banned from N.C. landfills (such as antifreeze and oil filters), the HHW program provides County residents with a convenient and free option for properly disposing of items that are toxic, flammable, corrosive or explosive and that pose a threat to the health of the resident and/or the environment if improperly disposed of. A steady increase in the volume of residential customers utilizing Mecklenburg County's four full-service recycling centers has contributed to the increase of HHW tonnage. During 2013, 464,845 customers visited the County's staffed full service recycling centers; a 24% increase from 2006.
Electronic Waste Recovered Per Year

State landfill bans are playing an important role in increasing the recovery of electronic waste at County full service recycling centers. On January 1, 2011, computer devices and televisions were added to the State of North Carolina landfill ban. County full service recycling centers have reported average annual increase of 41% in tonnage of electronic waste recovered. However, the initial two increases were in 2009, when the landfill ban was originally expected to pass, and in 2012 the year after the landfill ban on computers and televisions was enacted, these two years had a 69% and 55% annual increase in electronic waste recovered respectively. The following year 2013, saw the largest tonnage of electronic waste recovered by Mecklenburg County with 966 tons, almost an 800 ton increase since 2006. The State of North Carolina landfill ban and public education about the full service drop-off centers combined with the general increase in consumer electronics have led to the increases in electronic waste diversion from the landfill.

For more information contact: Nezzie Russell, Contract Coordinator:

What you can do to increase the recovery of HHW and E-Waste

  • Become familiar with the items banned from disposal in landfills in North Carolina
  • Educate friends and family about the Full Service Recycling Centers operated by Mecklenburg County
  • Organize a collection day in your neighborhood for recyclables and hard to dispose of items and then transport these items to a Full Service Recycling Center

More information

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The trends shown in the State of the Environment Report are not all based on tests of statistical significance. Data analysis, anecdotal evidence, and best professional judgment have been compiled to represent these trends. The State of the Environment Report takes a snapshot of important environmental indicators in an effort to educate the public while highlighting challenges, successes and the general direction of change for each indicator. For additional information on these indicators and the determination of trends, please follow the links and feel free to contact the appropriate resources.

Last updated 2/20/14