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Raleigh to roll out recycling carts to 30,000 residents

Posted July 15, 2013

The city of Raleigh will begin Tuesday delivering 95-gallon blue recycling roll carts to more than 30,000 residents in an effort that's expected to save up to $2 million annually and allow people to recycle more.

The rollout, the fourth and final phase of a multi-year move to replace 18-gallon green recycling bins, is expected to be complete by late August.

Pickup service will begin after Labor Day, and because the new carts are five times bigger than the recycling bins, customers will see a change in the pick-up schedule.

Service will be every other week, instead of weekly. Information about the changes will accompany the roll carts when they are delivered.


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  • Scubagirl Jul 15, 2013

    What's wrong with making TWO trips to bring the cans in? Little exercise won't hurt any of us and if you're not able the city will pick up at your house I believe.

  • OpenM1nd Jul 15, 2013

    What the article doesn't say is that since they started moving over to the large blue dump carts, more materials have also been accepted for recycling than previously. I've probably saved a fortune in trash bags because I can recycle more now, just since I got my dump cart a year or two ago. For all the doubters, this is a good thing.

    The only drawback is that because of mailboxes and narrow driveways, trees, and other obstacles in my neighborhood, the mechanical arm lifter trucks no longer service my street because the second dump cart or the other obstacles are in the way. The original instructions were to place the carts 5 feet apart. But when I called the city to explain the problem, suggesting separate days for the two different types of pickups, they sent me to an answering machine. Now there are 2 or 3 guys walking the street to gather and unload dump carts while before there was only the machine operator.

  • CarolinianByChoice Jul 15, 2013

    "It's simply too much for people to keep up with...juggling two large garbage cans" - puggybelle

    The cans have wheels - if people were able to manage a smaller and larger can before, they can easily manage two large cans now.

    I personally found the smaller can to be unwieldy and easily tumped over when wheeling both to the curb simultaneously - it should be a breeze now! The ONLY reason people will not be able to manage two large cans (aside from age or disability for which there is assistance) is just pure laziness.

    Guess it is easier to pile landfills with materials that could be recycled than it is to give a hoot about this planet we inhabit!

    @babedan, I also find it ridiculous that we are charged for recycling, difficult to believe this program is not paying for itself by now!

  • snowl Jul 15, 2013

    I exchanged both cans for the smaller versions.... these ARE available if you call the city. Where I live, we are required to keep them hidden inside our garage until garbage day, and they do take up valuable space if you want to keep your car inside the garage also!

  • smcallah Jul 15, 2013

    " It's simply too much for people to keep up with...juggling two large garbage cans. "

    2 garbage cans is simply too much for people to keep up with? Is that seriously an excuse?

  • keeprightexcepttopass Jul 15, 2013

    We were in the first batch of this pilot programs years ago here in Raleigh. And still, all these years later, there are so many homeowners completely oblivious to the BI-WEEKLY collection. They put that cart out every single week. The city of Raleigh has always sent the calendar in thh mail. Each year we place it on our fridge (you can even print it from website). How hard is it folks!

    Other than that, it's a great program. We easily fill the cart every 2 weeks which is much larger than the small green bins.

    Those saying how hard it is to juggle 2 cans....really? I mean really? Puhleeze.

  • 03Arabian Jul 15, 2013

    We have had them here in Durham for several yrs now along with the big green trash can and big brown yard waste can. Works out well but like mentioned some people don't roll them back to the house all the time and they sit at the street. Luckily my street isn't one of those areas. Some people have them but also never even use them throwing all the recycle items in the reg trash still as they are too lazy to separate...

  • dwntwnboy2 Jul 15, 2013

    LOVE the new bigger blue recycling bins!!! They hold so much more and I swear we fill that one up long before the trash one does. With so much stuff being recycled, it's nice to feel like I'm doing my small part to cut down on the trash that winds up in landfills.

  • Scubagirl Jul 15, 2013

    Can't wait to get my recycle bin.

    and to puggybelle, if people weren't so lazy the cans would NOT be in the street. They are NOT that hard to manage unless one is handicapped/elderly in which case they will pick up at the house like before-at least that's how it's done in Raleigh.

  • babedan Jul 15, 2013

    Does anyone find it strange that you get charged for recycling while the city makes money off you and the contents of these cans. I have been to other areas of the country where if you did use the cans you received a couple of bucks off your bill, not added to it.