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Ban on trashing plastic bottles takes effect Thursday

Posted September 30, 2009
Updated October 1, 2009

— North Carolina residents need to be careful about what they put in their trash cans starting Thursday.

A new law taking effect Oct. 1 bans plastic bottles from landfills as a way to encourage recycling and reduce the amount of trash in the ground.

Chris Frazier with the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance said state regulators won't rummage through people's trash. Some local government sanitation departments have said they won't pick up trash that contains plastic bottles.

Motor oil filters, wooden pallets are also banned from solid waste disposal facilities in the state.

Dee Freeman, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said the new law could create jobs for those who collect, process and recycle the banned materials back into a wide range of products.

“Recycling is a proven job creator in North Carolina and if we do our best to recycle the newly banned materials, we will not only grow businesses in the state, but also protect disposal capacity, recover valuable resources, save energy and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.


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  • Eduardo1 Oct 1, 2009

    I have lived in wake county for just over 5 years.
    We have had containers to put our: plastic, metals, glass to go to a recycle, at least that long. So how is this new law any different?

  • larieke Oct 1, 2009

    RKBA, Police? No. No. The extra created jobs will be The Garbage Gestopo--they could be anywhere, your neighbor, your brother, your wife.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 1, 2009

    "Trash Nazis. Super. I recommend throwing your bottles out the window on I-540."

    I wish the fine for littering was $10,000 for the first offense. $20,000 for the second offense, etc. Then maybe people would finally stop littering. But that's another blog for another day.

  • WRALSUCKS Oct 1, 2009

    I guess this is yet another offense the police can lock me up for in the future.

  • larieke Oct 1, 2009

    Dugmeister, good info. Thanks. Here's some more:

    The new landfill in Holly Springs has foot print of less than a third of a square mile. And is designed to accept 4 million pounds of trash a day for the next 10 years and longer.

  • rick_slick Oct 1, 2009

    Trash Nazis. Super. I recommend throwing your bottles out the window on I-540.

  • dugmeister Oct 1, 2009

    dlh - that's right opinions just like what is being posted here on golo. Baseless opinions. "landfills are filling up!" spare me. I am sure you know how to google (or perhaps you are too lazy and want me to do it for you?) Do your own research. I have done mine. And I will never, ever, recycle as a result of that research.

  • dugmeister Oct 1, 2009

    In a study published by the Washington-based think tank Resources for the Future, economist A. Clark Wiseman has calculated that at the current rate of waste generation, all of America's garbage for the next 1,000 years would fit into a single landfill space only 120 feet deep and 44 miles square-a patch of land about the size of three Oklahoma Cities. So vast a landfill is, for any number of reasons, completely impractical, of course. The point here is simply that the total amount of space necessary will not be all that large.

  • larieke Oct 1, 2009

    If we can build golf courses over landfills, why not put land fills in those millions of acres of National and State parks? Then we could build National and State Parks over the landfills.

  • oldschooltarheel Oct 1, 2009

    Totally stupid - Durham has HUGE recycling cans delivered to homes & picks up "recyclables" separately but hauls it to THE SAME DUMP it disposes of the regular garbage... no recycling there but 2 pickups going to the same place! Wassup with that? Why double the greenhouse gas, increase the expense, put citizens (who are footing the jacked-up bill already) through the pointless exercise of separating the stuff - all destined for the same landfill anyway? Smacks of corruption - whose pockets getting lined & whose pockets getting picked here? And most of the sheeple obediently sort & pay...