Guest blogger – Jessica
It is important to recognize that different municipalities have different rules for recycling. This is due to the variety of recycling markets throughout North Carolina. Recycling is based on supply and demand and is part of a global market. As long as there is a need for a product that can be made from recycled materials, there will be a need for those materials to be recycled.
Local and state governments play a role in recycling through banning various recyclable materials from landfills, and in some cases establishing laws requiring residents to recycle and/or compost. In North Carolina, items that are currently banned from landfills are:
-Oil and oil filters
-White goods (appliances)
Having the luxury of curbside recycling makes the recycling process considerably more convenient. It is important to know what materials your local recycling facilities accept to make the process less stressful for everyone. For Raleigh residents, the following items are acceptable in your curbside bin:
-newspaper and all inserts
-white paper, including junk mail
-corrugated cardboard pieces no larger than 3' x 3' in size
-paperboard, chipboard and paper tubes
-steel food cans
-aluminum beverage cans
-aluminum foil and trays (must be completely free of food debris)
-plastic beverage rings
-glass food and beverage containers
-gable top cartons
-aseptic (drink) boxes
Additionally, large appliances (white goods) can be picked up for a fee of $50, or you can take them to a Wake County Multi-Material Drop-Off Facility free of charge. A service is offered for recycling computer equipment conveniently at your curbside as well, though an appointment must be made first. For additional information on recycling in Raleigh, please visit: http://bit.ly/bYTpSa.
A common recycling misconception is that if the item is not accepted through your curbside bin, the item is not recyclable. There are many companies that recycle specific materials. For example, plastic grocery bags are NOT accepted in curbside bins, though many grocery stores offer collection sites for the bags to be recycled. This is true for other items as well, so if you are not sure, a little research may be necessary and can go a long way.
Some items that are commonly mistaken for being recyclable in Raleigh are Styrofoam products (like egg cartons), pizza boxes (not allowed due to food contamination) and plastic tubs.
For other North Carolina municipalities, recycling information can be found at: http://nc.myecoville.com/ecosearch
More information for recycling programs and banned materials can be found at: