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Raleigh expands recycling program with contest

Posted May 9, 2012

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— Raleigh residents have two new, big incentives to recycle and a longer list of acceptable items for the green bin.

On Wednesday, Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced the next phase of the "Recycle and Win" campaign, which makes residents eligible for Harris Teeter gift cards. A "prize patrol" will select ten winners at random when they spot the "Give it Back" sticker on their recycling bin.  

The city is in the process of upgrading all residences from 18 gallon green bins over to 95 gallon roll carts to accommodate more recycled materials. It has also added additional types of plastic containers, telephone books, colored paper and spiral paper cans to the list of acceptable recyclables.

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  • tarheel4life May 10, 2012

    WHATS THE HOLDUP WITH THE LARGER CARTS???????????

    I checked the site and it said I'm not getting mine until August of 2013!!!! What the hell???

    If you wanna check how many more years you're gonna have to wait for yours check here: http://www.raleighnc.gov/services/content/SolidWaste/Articles/RecycleCarts.html#jmp3

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 10, 2012

    I love the big recycle carts that they have in Durham! They hold more stuff, they're easier to get everything to the curb and pickup is every other week. :-)

  • dakg May 10, 2012

    My husband called yesterday because we want a larger roll out bin. We live in the city limits and cannot understand why we have not received one yet. The folks one street over have had the larger roll out cans for about a year and we are not scheduled to get ours until August. I just do not understand why it is taking so long!!!!

  • tony57 May 10, 2012

    Can we recycle Obama? Yes we can!

  • WooHoo2You May 10, 2012

    Ifcdirector,

    -If recycling is a good thing and worthy of practicing why do we have to pay for it?

    Well if it all ended up in the trash you would still have to pay for the collection service. (which would require just as many trucks being the volume would not change)

    -Recycling is a joke and most of the items collected have no value in making products and in many cases are more harmful

    Such as?

    -Instead of making products from new resources.

    Where do we get “new resources?” Can you grow aluminum? Is using more oil to make plastic such a good idea when gas is already expensive?

    -Recycling is something that government does to get more of your money and to make some people feel good but other than aluminum cans (which you could sell for money instead of giving them to the city government....)

    No one is stopping you from selling your own cans.

    -everything else is just trash.

    Oh okay….except they use that “trash” over again instead of strip mining.

  • ifcdirector May 9, 2012

    "I find it disgusting that recycling is such a low priority. Recycling should be the law of the land and strictly enforced."

    I find it disgusting that liberal statists like you want to enforce something worthless at the point of a gun while hiring more government workers to oversee it.

  • ifcdirector May 9, 2012

    If recycling is a good thing and worthy of practicing why do we have to pay for it? Recycling is a joke and most of the items collected have no value in making products and in many cases are more harmful to use instead of making products from new resources. Recycling is something that government does to get more of your money and to make some people feel good but other than aluminum cans (which you could sell for money instead of giving them to the city government....) everything else is just trash. If recycling were profitable or worthwhile you would not get a bill each month. It's that simple.

  • stupidbrainchild May 9, 2012

    I would love to recycle but why does it have to cost extra? I can go to the dump and recycle but then I have to drive way out of the way to do so.

  • RaleighRocks May 9, 2012

    So glad they are accepting more plastics. As with downtown and scuba, our green container is always full, but we take out the garbage can maybe once a month, and even then it may not be full.

    Keep Raleigh Green!

  • CarolinianByChoice May 9, 2012

    Too bad this is only for City of Raleigh residents - many of us recycling fiends are in towns that contract our water/sewer/trash services from Raleigh.

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