Discarding Large Appliances

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In North Carolina, the disposal of tires and large appliances is regulated by the state. Both tires and white goods (the term for large appliances that derives from the first white enamel kitchen appliances) are banned from disposal in landfills. That means that these items cannot go into regular household or commercial trash. Each must be disposed of properly through the County’s recycling facility.

Scrap tires present serious health and environmental problems. Tire stockpiles can be havens in which pests reside and mosquitoes breed. They are also a potential fire hazard and can contaminate surface water run-off. The landfilling of tires was banned because they do not decompose for many years and tend to disrupt landfill cover by rising to the surface.

Guilford County has a scrap tire disposal program which services both residents and businesses. The program is operated from the County’s recycling facility, located at 2138 Bishop Road in Greensboro. For more information about scrap tire disposal and to view the County’s scrap tire disposal policy, click here.

White goods also present serious environmental concerns. Appliances that contain chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants (CFCs), such as refrigerators, water coolers and air conditioners, have the potential to release these dangerous gases into the environment, causing health risks to humans and animals, as well as air, soil and water pollution. In addition, appliances are bulky and take up a great deal of valuable landfill space.

Guilford County operates a white goods disposal program that is free for both residents and businesses and is located at 2138 Bishop Road in Greensboro. The program provides for the safe removal and proper disposal of CFCs. For more information about white goods disposal, click here.