Orange County moves to single stream recycling
Posted July 2, 2012
Hillsborough, N.C. — Starting this week, residents and businesses in Orange County will no longer have to divide their recycling into separate containers.
All paper, magazines, newspaper, phone books, cartons and junk mail can be combined with plastic bottles and jugs, metal cans, aluminum trays and foil, glass bottles and jars at the curb, in carts and at drop-off sites.
Officials said single stream recycling will make recycling easier by saving trips to the curb and reducing lifting strain for collection staff. Recycling trucks won’t fill as fast because everything will go into one compartment, reducing transportation costs.
Residents still can recycle corrugated cardboard at the curb. The same rules apply as in two-stream: 10 or fewer boxes that are 3 feet by 3 feet or less may be recycled each collection day. Empty and flatten boxes, and place the cardboard on top of, below or next to your bin unless you can fit them in the bin.
Businesses, apartment dwellers and other multifamily site residents with recycling collected in blue county-owned carts still need to recycle their cardboard separately in a designated bin or at a recycling drop-off location.
Informational recycling decals gradually will be replaced at all apartment complex and commercial cart sites.
For more information, contact the Solid Waste Management Administrative Office at 919-968-2788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.