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Raleigh Adds Additional Items To Curbside Recycling

Posted July 19, 2006

— North Carolinians recycle 68 pounds of material every second. But they throw away 10 times as much -- 680 pounds of trash a second. Raleigh may start to tip the balance the other way, with more curbside convenience.

Raleigh trash collector Mel Hammond sees a lot waste in his work, and wasteful people.

"A lot of bottles, cans and newspapers in (the trash)," said Hammond. "Garbage that could be recycled, thrown away."

Hammond wishes it was the other way around.

"It would be less work for us," he said.

Right now, the city recycles about 17,000 tons of trash each year. They hope by expanding the program, they can increase it by 10 percent.

The city basically only recycles bottles, cans and newspapers. But starting Saturday, that will change.

The following seven materials are being added to the curbside recycling program:

  • Corrugated cardboard (flattened and reduced in size to 3' x 3' , no pizza boxes)
  • Paperboard (such as cereal or pasta boxes and paper tubes, no wax coatings)
  • Non-drink plastic bottles (such as shampoo, ketchup and lotion bottles)
  • Table-top containers (such as milk, juice and laundry softener cartons)
  • Drink boxes
  • Aluminum foil and trays (must not have any food residue)
  • Soft plastic beverage rings (such as six-pack rings)

    It's all in an effort to protect the environment and save space at the county landfill -- a landfill close to reaching capacity, with a second one on the way.

    "Most people don't want a landfill in their area," said Solid Waste Director Fredrick Battle. "This might increase life span in the landfill."

    The city provides each household with one recycling bin. If more are needed, they can be bought for $6 each by calling the Solid Waste Department.

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