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The Durham Police Department is encouraging residents to break down large electronics boxes and other recyclable packaging and transport them to a recycling center instead of placing them curbside for trash/recycling collection. When electronics boxes and other gift packaging are placed curbside, passersby are inadvertently informed of valuables inside. Television, computer, and gaming system boxes generally attract the most interest.
For the fifth consecutive year during the holiday season, the City of Durham Police Department, Durham Parks and Recreation and Solid Waste Management Department are partnering to provide community sites where residents can dispose of cardboard boxes.
Dumpsters for collection of cardboard boxes will be available at these locations through Friday, January 7:
- Old N. Durham Park – 310 W. Geer Street
- Walltown Park Recreation Center – 1308 W. Club Boulevard
- Campus Hills Park – 2000 S. Alston Avenue
If Transport of Boxes is Not Feasible…
Another strategy is to break down boxes and leave them inside until curbside garbage and recycling collection days. Cardboard should be flattened and should fit inside the blue curbside recycling cart.
Residents may also take large volumes of flattened cardboard to the City's Waste Disposal and Recycling Center located at 2115 E. Club Blvd. At this location, residents (not commercial entities) can also safely dispose of electronics, appliances, household hazardous waste, and trash.