Durham to debut new curbside recycling program

Posted June 1, 2009

— Durham's will launch a new curbside recycling program on July 13. Residents will receive their new roll-out carts throughout the month of June, which will replace their 18-gallon blue bins.

According to Donald Long, director of the City’s Department of Solid Waste Management, the new program is designed to replicate the collection and participation rate increases seen in the pilot program from earlier this year.

“After experiencing a dramatic 50 percent increase in the amount of materials collected for recycling when we piloted this bi-weekly program in several Durham neighborhoods, we felt this program would benefit the entire city – especially since the recycling participation rate also increased from 40 percent to 70 percent,” Long said.

When the blue roll-out carts arrive, a recycling collection schedule and a list of “frequently asked questions” will be attached to the carts in a plastic bag, explaining the new program in more detail.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 3, 2009

    Durham rocks! :-)

    sww, why not keep the new recycle bin next to your trash & yard waste bins?

    OpinionOnEverything, first...I love your golo name. :-) Second, they're good, sturdy utility bins and I know that people have been known to steal them, so they're in demand. A quick Craigslist ad would surely get-it-gone. The Durham FAQ says they'll "recycle" it if you put in the new bin, but I imagine that my mean "reuse" or "repurpose".

  • OpinionOnEverything Jun 3, 2009

    Will we be able to recycle the old 18-gallon bin in the new roll out container? If not, they'res going to be a surge in the landfill.

  • sww Jun 2, 2009

    Although I like the idea, the implementation at home will be a problem. Where am I going to keep a rolling bin?

  • davidbh61255 Jun 2, 2009

    Great idea! Pittsboro has been doing this for a while now.

  • sat123 Jun 2, 2009

    Will they be expanding the items they're willing to recycle? I always forget whether they recycle "molded" plastics or "poured" plastics, but not both. It'd be nice to visit my parents in Charlotte without bringing them a bag of "things Durham doesn't recycle".