Durham Tire Recycling Drive

Durham Recycles Tires –Free Tire Disposal for Non-Commercial Durham City and County Residents

We are encouraging residents to properly dispose of old tires and other items that may hold standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the diseases they may carry. The Durham Tire Recycling Drive will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the City of Durham Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (2115 E. Club Blvd.)

The Tire Recycling Drive is a City-County Collaborative effort that includes Keep Durham BeautifulThe City of Durham Solid Waste Management DepartmentCity of Durham Neighborhood Improvement ServicesCity of Durham General Services Department, the Durham County General Services Department and the Durham County Department of Public Health. Residents will be able to drop off  tires (including tires with rims) for free during the event.

To learn more about mosquito diseases including Zika Virus and ways you can prevent mosquito breeding, visit the Durham County Department of Public Health’s website or check out our blog post about ways you can help fight the zika virus in your community.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up below!

 

Earth Day Festival – Waste Warrior Volunteers

Sign up to help make the Earth Day Festival a waste-wise event. Receive free Keep Durham Beautiful reusable cup and bag!

Volunteers are needed to help set up, staff, and breakdown waste stations that include recycling and compost options. With over 3,000 people attending the Earth Day Festival, your volunteer efforts can help divert hundred of pounds of compostable and recyclable materials from the landfill! YOU can help make Durham more sustainable.

Waste Reduction at the Earth Day Festival

When: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Where: Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 

3 volunteer shifts available:

  • 11:30-1:30 pm – Set up & Waste Warrior
  • 1:30-3:30 pm – Waste Warrior
  • 3:30-5:30 pm – Cleanup & Waste Warrior

 

Why Volunteer?

  • Free Keep Durham Beautiful swag!
  • Knowing you made a difference in how much waste was diverted from the landfill
  • A big thank you!

Important Volunteer Information:

  • Teens welcome – earn community service credit
  • Youth welcome with adult supervision
  • Dress for the weather 
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift

Do I need to have prior experience?

Nope! You will be trained prior to your volunteer shift, please arrive 10 minutes before your shift to go over volunteer instructions and composting/recycling FAQs.

What does a Waste Warrior do?

  • Set up waste stations and signs 
  • Set up volunteer tent 
  • Staff the waste stations that include composting and recycling stations (Waste Warrior)
  • Educate food truck customers on how to properly recycle and compost (Waste Warrior)
  • Sort waste into correct containers – trash, recycling, or compost- as needed (Waste Warrior)
  • Swap out recycling and compost bins when they get full (Waste Warrior)
  • Breakdown waste stations and signs 
  • Sort waste from food truck’s trash and recycling containers 
  • Break down volunteer tent

 

To sign up, please fill out the form below

ReUse Rodeo

1st Annual Durham ReUse Rodeo!

Getting ready for Spring Cleaning and Earth Day? Need a way to get rid of unwanted items without discarding them in the trash?  Come out to Durham’s 1st ReUse Rodeo! 

A Reuse Rodeo is a “one stop drop” event that allows residents to donate gently used items to multiple nonprofits at the same time in the same place.  This year’s event will be held at The Lakewood Shopping Center. Nonprofits such as Trosa, First Pages, Welcome Baby Family Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity Restore Orange and Durham Counties, and the Scrap Exchange will be onsite to welcome donated items for repurposing back into the community. There will also be E-waste recycling and paper shredding on site for your convenience.

 Keep Durham Beautiful has partnered with the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department, and Durham County Division of Solid Waste Management to bring residents a day filled with reuse, repurposing, and waste reduction. Items accepted for donations will be clothing, books, furniture, housewares, art supplies, baby items etc. For a complete list of acceptable items or more information feel free to check out our event page or contact Britt@keepdurhambeautiful.org.

 
Interested in volunteering?
We are looking for volunteers to help with directions, general event support, sorting donated items, and breaking down cardboard boxes.
Volunteers will receive snacks and Keep Durham Beautiful swag. If you are under 18 years of age, parental supervision is required. 
To volunteer at the ReUse Rodeo, please fill out the form below:
Fill out my online form.

Tire Recycling Drive

Bring in your old tires – on or off rim- to be recycled at the Tire Recycling Drive at the Bahama Ruritan Club. Residential only.

Paint Recycling Drive

Old partially used paint cans lying around your house or garage? Give your used paint a new life at the paint recycling drive. Residential only please.

The Bahama Ruritan Service Club is celebrating their 70th anniversary with an open house on Saturday, March 11th from 1-3pm complete with a paint recycling drive. Drop off your used paint and join in on the celebration with free cake and coffee.

E-Waste, Christmas Tree Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

Free and Convenient Event Open to All Durham Residents

Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste, shred confidential documents, and drop-off of their live Christmas trees should attend the City of Durham E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event later this month.

The event will be on Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the visitor side of the Durham County Memorial Stadium, located at 750 Stadium Dr. Staff will be on hand to unload old electronics, trees, and paper.

The event, sponsored by the City of Durham 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 cleaners
  • 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.

Requirements for live Christmas tree drop-off include:

  • Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half.
  • Remove all decorations and hardware, including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and stands.
  • Do not place trees in bags.

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. The Center will also accept live Christmas trees at no charge from now through Saturday, February 4. Trees delivered after February 4 will be subject to the usual disposal fees. The Center, located at 2115 E. Club Blvd., is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 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 the City’s Solid Waste Management Department Web page.

2016 America Recycles Day: Recycling Plant Tour

Ever wonder what happens to your recyclables after they are collected?

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the recycling center in Raleigh. You will see how materials are sorted and baled at this materials recovery facility (MRF, pronounced murf).

Keep Durham Beautiful, in partnership with The City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department, will provide a free bus tour to the Sonoco Recycling Facility which is where all of our recyclables from Durham City and County are sent. Participants will get a chance to see the state-of-the-art recycling facility followed by a question-and-answer session with City staff and Sonoco representatives.

Please arrive by 8:45 AM, The bus tour will depart promptly at 9 a.m. from the City’s Solid Waste Management Department, located at 1833 Camden Avenue, and return to Durham around noon. 

Spaces are limited. Reserve your spot today! 

*This tour is FREE for Durham County residents. Please fill out one form per person.

*Youth 12 years of age and up are welcome with adult supervision.

*All participants must sign a waiver, wear closed-toed-shoes, and wear safety glasses and vests (provided by Sonoco).

 

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Waste Wise Event -Food Truck Rodeo

Sign up to help make the Food Truck Rodeo a waste-wise event. Receive free food truck voucher!

Volunteers are needed to help set up, staff, and breakdown waste stations that include recycling and compost options. With over 5,000 people attending the Durham Food Truck Rodeos, your volunteer efforts can help divert thousands of pounds of compostable and recyclable materials from the landfill! YOU can help make Durham more sustainable.

3 volunteer shifts available:

  • 11am-1pm – Set up & Waste Warrior
  • 1-3pm – Waste Warrior
  • 3-5pm – Waste Warrior & Break down

Sign up by contacting Erin Kauffman: info@durhamcentralpark.org or call: 919-794-8194

Why Volunteer as a Waste Warrior?

  • Free vouchers to use at the food truck of your choice
  • A Durham Central Park T-shirt
  • Knowing you made a difference in how much waste was diverted from the landfill!
  • A big thank you!

Important Volunteer Info:

  • Teens welcome – earn community service credit
  • Youth welcome with adult supervision
  • Dress for the weather
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift

No prior experience necessary!

You wlll be trained prior to your volunteer shift. Please arrive 10 minutes before your volunteer shirt starts to go over volunteer instructions and composting/recycling FAQs.

What does a Waste Warrior do?

  • Set up waste stations and signs
  • Set up volunteer tent
  • Staff the waste stations athat include composting and recycling stations (Waste Warrior)
  • Educate food truck customers on how to properly recycle and compost (Waste Warrior)
  • Sort waste into containers – trash, recycling, or compost – as needed (Waste Warrior)
  • Swap out recycling and compost buns when they get full (Waste Warrior)
  • Breakdown waste stations and signs
  • Sort waste from food truck’s trash and recycling containers
  • Break down volunteer tent

Waste Wise Event -Food Truck Rodeo

Sign up to help make the Food Truck Rodeo a waste-wise event. Receive free food truck voucher!

Volunteers are needed to help set up, staff, and breakdown waste stations that include recycling and compost options. With over 5,000 people attending the Durham Food Truck Rodeos, your volunteer efforts can help divert thousands of pounds of compostable and recyclable materials from the landfill! YOU can help make Durham more sustainable.

3 volunteer shifts available:

  • 11am-1pm – Set up & Waste Warrior
  • 1-3pm – Waste Warrior
  • 3-5pm – Waste Warrior & Break down

Sign up by contacting Erin Kauffman: info@durhamcentralpark.org or call: 919-794-8194

Why Volunteer as a Waste Warrior?

  • Free vouchers to use at the food truck of your choice
  • A Durham Central Park T-shirt
  • Knowing you made a difference in how much waste was diverted from the landfill!
  • A big thank you!

Important Volunteer Info:

  • Teens welcome – earn community service credit
  • Youth welcome with adult supervision
  • Dress for the weather
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift

No prior experience necessary!

You wlll be trained prior to your volunteer shift. Please arrive 10 minutes before your volunteer shirt starts to go over volunteer instructions and composting/recycling FAQs.

What does a Waste Warrior do?

  • Set up waste stations and signs
  • Set up volunteer tent
  • Staff the waste stations athat include composting and recycling stations (Waste Warrior)
  • Educate food truck customers on how to properly recycle and compost (Waste Warrior)
  • Sort waste into containers – trash, recycling, or compost – as needed (Waste Warrior)
  • Swap out recycling and compost buns when they get full (Waste Warrior)
  • Breakdown waste stations and signs
  • Sort waste from food truck’s trash and recycling containers
  • Break down volunteer tent

Durham Recycles Over 19,000 lbs. of Tires to Help Prevent Zika Virus

 

Durham Tire Recycling Drive July 2016

Durham Residents dropped of unwanted tires at the Durham Tire Recycling Drive that took place at the City of Durham’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center n July. Residents who missed the event are invited to drop off up to five used tires at no charge.

Residents May Still Drop Off Up to Five Used Tires At No Charge

DURHAM, N.C. – Thanks to Durham residents there are now 975 fewer places for mosquitoes and the diseases they carry to flourish with the recycling of thousands of pounds of old tires earlier this month.

As part of the Durham Tire Recycling Drive held on July 9, residents dropped off 975 unwanted tires from their yards, diverting approximately 19,455 pounds of material from the community’s waste stream and decreasing the number of potential mosquito breeding locations in Durham.

Durham residents who missed the Tire Recycling Drive can still drop off up to five used tires (off the rim only) at no charge at the City of Durham’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, located at 2115 E. Club Blvd., during the center’s normal operating hours.

Durham Tire Recycling Drive July 2016

As part of the Durham Tire Recycling Drive held on July 9, residents dropped off 975 unwanted tires from their yards, diverting approximately 19,455 pounds of material from the community’s waste stream and decreasing the number of potential mosquito breeding locations in Durham

While there are still no locally acquired mosquito-borne Zika cases, there have been at least 25 known travel-associated cases in North Carolina according to the Durham County Department of Public Health. Limiting exposure to mosquitoes by reducing breeding sites, like old tires, is an extremely important part of Durham’s effort to limit the spread of Zika virus. Old tires and other items that hold standing water, including bird baths, containers and gutters, encourage mosquito breeding and the diseases they may carry. With increased attention and concern about the effects of Zika Virus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the department are encouraging people to decrease mosquitoes around the home through removing sources of standing water.

According to Keep Durham Beautiful Sustainability Specialist Erin Victor, the tires collected earlier this month will be put to good use since old tires can be recycled into a number of different products, including rubber mulch for playgrounds and landscaping as well as rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC). “RAC is considered a cost effective, durable, and environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional asphalt used to pave roads. So, not only did these residents get rid of mosquito-breeding locations in their yards, they were also able to repurpose their used tires, which is wonderful for our environment,” Victor said.

The July 9 Tire Recycling Drive, a City-County Collaborative effort, was a partnership between Keep Durham Beautiful, City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department, City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services, City of Durham General Services Department, Durham County General Services Department, and the Durham County Department of Public Health.

About Keep Durham Beautiful
Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Instagram, flickr, and Twitter.

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