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Orange County moves to single stream recycling

Posted July 2, 2012

— 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 recycling@co.orange.nc.us.


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  • gingerlynn Jul 3, 2012

    Actually, unincorporated Orange County, (excluding the cities of Chapel Hill and Carrboro is quite rural and conservative. It is just not reflected at the polls for county wide races because they are dwarfed by the liberals in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

  • cushioncritter Jul 3, 2012

    The reduced strain on workers will translate into less strain on ObamaCare funding. The workers also should not consume more than 16oz sugar per soft drink nor more than 1000 mg Sodium per day, so they should be taken to get a healthy meal at a Chapel Hill public school cafeteria rather than allowed to eat at McDonalds, Wendys, Taco Bell, KFC, etc., driving up all our costs for ObamaCare. By reducing worker medical costs, more money will be available to reward those whose UNC liberal arts education (at NC taxpayer expense) has annointed them to dictate correct behavior for the rest of the NC population.

    I will predict soon the trucks with a single driver, a claw, and huge cans will replace most workers anyway. Since this scheme has failed everywhere it's been tried in the US/Canada, it's a perfect fit for Orange County. Some legally protected (cut them down and be fined) trees will be mauled, but Orange County funds will be freed to go to the most deserving, reliable (D) voters.

  • dirtydozen431 Jul 3, 2012

    This is an example of institutional lag due Orange County's one party system. Other communities have been collecting recycles in this manner.

  • mpheels Jul 3, 2012

    Over regulation? If anything, this move is to a system with LESS regulation. Those who choose to recycle can now just put it all in one bin, where in the past they had to sort and separate. And by the way, Orange County does not require any recycling beyond what is required by state law (e.g. cardboard and aluminum cans).

  • meeper Jul 3, 2012

    Don't you love the liberal bunch in Orange County? I'll bet they'll find a reason to raise taxes because of this.

  • Roland K. Jul 3, 2012

    ok, the change saves us a trip to the curb, and reduces the strain to the workers....and this is deemed bad by fear-mongering, anti-government loony tunes? Not every municipal decision is evidence of wide scale rights-erosion.

  • dirtydozen431 Jul 3, 2012

    See over regulation in practice by a closed one party society.