Durham to debut new curbside recycling program

Posted June 1, 2009 4:31 p.m. EDT

— Durham's will launch a new curbside recycling program on July 13. Residents will receive their new roll-out carts throughout the month of June, which will replace their 18-gallon blue bins.

According to Donald Long, director of the City’s Department of Solid Waste Management, the new program is designed to replicate the collection and participation rate increases seen in the pilot program from earlier this year.

“After experiencing a dramatic 50 percent increase in the amount of materials collected for recycling when we piloted this bi-weekly program in several Durham neighborhoods, we felt this program would benefit the entire city – especially since the recycling participation rate also increased from 40 percent to 70 percent,” Long said.

When the blue roll-out carts arrive, a recycling collection schedule and a list of “frequently asked questions” will be attached to the carts in a plastic bag, explaining the new program in more detail.