Local News

Fayetteville Council Votes for Curbside Recycling Program

Posted May 30, 2007

— The Fayetteville City Council has tentatively approved a curbside recycling program. It is the last major city in the state without such a program.

Currently, Fayetteville residents who want to recycle have to drive to drop-off locations.

"I had to actually go out of my way to research where to find the recycling center and things like that," Fayetteville resident Chuck Tryon said.

Some residents say the absence of a curbside collection program discourages recycling.

Statistics from the North Carolina Division of Waste Management support their assertion.

Cumberland County ranked 85th out of the 100 counties in the state for recycling. The Division of Waste Management reports that in the 2005-2006 fiscal year, the county recycled an average of 40 pounds of material per person, which is well below the statewide average of about 111 pounds per person.

If approved, the curbside program would cost households in Fayetteville $30 per year.

City Councilman Keith Bates said the city plans an education campaign to increase the amount of recyclable material collected.

"Hopefully, we'll be able to use the education process and increase our tonnage (of recyclables) to where it'll pay for itself," Bates said.

Before the City Council can give its final approval, it must have a public hearing, which is set for June 7.


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • mrshice May 31, 2007

    I think recycling is a good idea and it does help. Fayetteville wastes our money though. I lived in Wisconsin and my taxes were the same it was here and we have less services than we had in Wisconsin. Plus, we paid no animal taxes or car taxes so actually we paid less taxes up north for more services.

  • dearslayer2 May 31, 2007

    I for one think this is a good idea. But the question is are they making money off of this process. The company I work for goes through another company to pick up our recyclables such as cardboard,glass,plastics,papper ect and in return each year they give every employee a gift card. I know that we recieve $42.00 a ton for cardboard and have recieved as much as a 75.00 card for approxamatly 200+ employees. So can you immagine a whole town of items being recycled?

  • Pippy999 May 30, 2007

    Fayetteville wastes so much of our money.

  • JDPike May 30, 2007

    If I am not mistaken Fayetteville had a recycling program and did away with it because they were loosing too much money with the program. Now when gas is $3.00 a gallon and all around costs have inflated, they think that they can make it work. I give it two years and it will be scrapped again. Way to use our tax dollars city council.

  • Uncle Paul May 30, 2007

    I wonder who will get the contract to haul thier "recyclables" away to the next county over w/ a cheap tipping fee?
    anwser: Waste Mangement (who else) What a racket, they get paid 40/ton to haul it off and have to paid $6/ton to dump it(WSJ was saying how could they not make $$). But atleast the town folk "feel" good about themselves by making the world a better place by having twice as many trucks and equpment running up and down the road. Well I would guess Robson County will benifit. In Orange county they require bussinesses to have Two dumpsters one for trash one for cardboard, the same truck comes and picks them both up (dumps it in the same hole)

  • smitty May 30, 2007

    Welcome to 1985 Fayetteville.