If you're still hoarding the TV or computer that you replaced at Christmas time, you may already know that many municipalities, including Raleigh, ban computers, televisions and other electronic devices from disposal in landfills.
In the Raleigh area, if you're interested in donating computer-related equipment that's not too ancient, Kramden Institute in Durham, NC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, refurbishes donated equipment to give to deserving youngsters who would not otherwise have access to a home computer.
If donating isn't an option, Raleigh residents who receive curbside garbage collection from the City of Raleigh may request computer or TV pickup twice per month. You can call 919-996-890 for more information or to schedule your collection. There is no charge for this service, but you need to have at least one TV or computer to recycle. You can also add other corded items such as a toaster, hair dryer or alarm clock.
Also, two of Raleigh's six drop-off recycling centers accept electronics - the Raleigh Public Works Administrative Office at 400 W. Peace St. and the Raleigh Yard Waste Recycling Center at 900 N. New Hope Rd.
Before donating or recycling an old laptop or desktop computer, be sure to either remove the hard drive and keep it, or shred its data using a utility such as CCleaner.