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Durham to close recycling centers

Posted June 12, 2009

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— Citing illegal dumping and inappropriate use, Durham plans to close all but one of the city's recycling drop-off centers effective July 10.

After that date, drop-off recycling will only be accepted at the Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station) located at 2115 East Club Blvd. The center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The city will begin curbside recycling pick-up July 13.

"The new, 95-gallon recycling roll-out carts should eliminate the need for these centers almost completely,” Donald Long, director of the City’s Department of Solid Waste Management, said.


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  • KiraAR Jun 12, 2009

    Our neighborhood has been in the test program for the 95 gallon carts for the last few months. It's the same size as the regular garbage and yard waste containers. They've been picking the recycling up every other week rather than weekly, and it's worked fine for us. With the 95 gallon carts they can use the trucks with the mechanical arm rather than having a person grab each bin and dump it. It seems to go a lot faster.

  • Adelinthe Jun 12, 2009

    Don't they have gates on the recycling centers like Wake County does?

    Wake County also has full time attendents to monitor what folks drop off.

    I'll also never understand why each county doesn't have a Reuse Center for folks to drop off usable furniture and working appliances that can be of use to others.

    That's true recycling.

    God bless.


  • justlistentome Jun 12, 2009

    95-gallon cart?!?!?
    They must not be planning to pick up the recycling very often. Wonder how much those cost the city.

  • Jack Flash Jun 12, 2009

    I like it. The convenience of multiple drop-off centers is undermined by people who either inadvertently, lazily, or selfishly sabotage it.