Recycling http://wunc.org en Durham Cuts 4 Jobs From Solid Waste Department http://wunc.org/post/durham-cuts-4-jobs-solid-waste-department <p></p><p>Durham's <a href="http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/swmd/Pages/Home.aspx">Solid Waste Department</a> is cutting four jobs to make up for a $1.1 million budget shortfall.</p><p></p><p>Director Donald Long said his department is very expensive to run. Its $16 million budget is about the same size as last year, and Long said one of the only places to cut costs is personnel.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:00:43 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 37552 at http://wunc.org Durham Cuts 4 Jobs From Solid Waste Department Got Garbage? Raleigh Might Consider "Pay As You Throw" http://wunc.org/post/got-garbage-raleigh-might-consider-pay-you-throw <p>The Raleigh City Council wants to reduce the amount of garbage it sends to a landfill in Southern Wake County.</p><p>Raleigh pays about $33 for each ton of garbage it buries, but the city can <em>make</em> $30 on each ton it recycles. This morning, Raleigh's Solid waste director is presenting a list of options to increase recycling. One company in town, <a href="http://wastezero.com/" target="_blank">WasteZero</a>, says it has the best option.</p><p></p><p><strong>Packing The Trash Into The Landfill: How Trash Is Handled Now</strong></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 35355 at http://wunc.org Got Garbage? Raleigh Might Consider "Pay As You Throw" Cary Tells You Where You Can Put That Cracked Patio Chair http://wunc.org/post/cary-tells-you-where-you-can-put-cracked-patio-chair <p></p><p>Starting today, residents of Cary can recycle even more waste materials. &nbsp;In addition to soda bottles and milk jugs, Cary will accept bulky #2 HPDE plastic in its curbside recycling bins.</p><p></p><p>Solid Waste Division Manager Bob Holden said that includes old patio furniture, storage bins, and garbage cans.</p><p></p><p>“We listened to our citizens,” Holden said. “Our citizens wanted us to look for more ways to recycle more things. And working with our contractor, they found a domestic market that would accept these specific items to make paint cans out of them.”</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:04:03 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 34216 at http://wunc.org Cary Tells You Where You Can Put That Cracked Patio Chair Manufacturers Brainstorm To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Packaging Materials http://wunc.org/post/manufacturers-brainstorm-reduce-reuse-recycle-packaging-materials <p></p><p>A growing contingent of manufacturers is working to make products with packaging that won't end up in a landfill.</p><p></p><p>They'll have a workshop devoted to education and idea-swapping at this week's Zeroing in on Waste Reduction event in Asheville. Carolina Recycling Association hosts the annual conference and trade show, which will gather 700 exhibitors, businesses, speakers and participants.</p><p></p><p>Diane Davis is the executive director of the CRA. She said making products that limit waste can be cost-effective while being environmentally friendly.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:31:15 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 32967 at http://wunc.org Manufacturers Brainstorm To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Packaging Materials Fee Illegality May Change Orange County Recycling Program http://wunc.org/post/fee-illegality-may-change-orange-county-recycling-program <p>Orange County leaders may be forced to change how its recycling program is paid for.&nbsp; The county says its recycling efforts have reduced trash in landfills by nearly 60 percent.&nbsp; The county has been charging fees on property tax bills for the last decade to help pay for the program.&nbsp; But the fee was never approved by the General Assembly.&nbsp; The county manager's suggestion to privatize recycling pickup was resisted by some county commissioners.&nbsp;<br> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:02:01 +0000 Gurnal Scott 12250 at http://wunc.org Fee Illegality May Change Orange County Recycling Program Hanover County Converts Christmas Trees to Biomass http://wunc.org/post/hanover-county-converts-christmas-trees-biomass <p>Counties across North Carolina are embarking on one of their official after-Christmas duties – disposing of hundreds of tons of Christmas trees. Here's what's happening in Wilmington.<br> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 6823 at http://wunc.org Greensboro Begins Recycling Program for Mattresses http://wunc.org/post/greensboro-begins-recycling-program-mattresses <p>A <a href="http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=36&amp;recordid=3679&amp;returnURL=%2Findex.aspx">new program</a> in Greensboro aims to keep old mattresses from being sent to the dump.</p><p>In what is believed to be the first initiative of its kind in the country the City is partnering with Mattress Go Round. The Greensboro company recycles old mattresses and box springs by repairing, sanitizing and rebuilding them for resale. President and Founder of the company Robert Savino says keeping the bulky mattresses out of landfills will save space and money.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:10:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 5604 at http://wunc.org State Encouraging Better Uses for Food Waste http://wunc.org/post/state-encouraging-better-uses-food-waste <p>North Carolina is hoping to find better uses for discarded food. A new study from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources finds that residents and businesses generate over a million tons of food waste a year. Scott Mouw is director of the state recycling program.<br><br><strong>Scott Mouw:</strong> We now should turn our attention to diverting that material from landfills and to other kinds of uses, whether it's using the food for donation to food banks, or to composting, or to other uses that may eventually turn into energy like in anaerobic digestion.<br> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:12:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 1925 at http://wunc.org Currituck Promotes Oyster Shell Recycling http://wunc.org/post/currituck-promotes-oyster-shell-recycling <p>Officials in Currituck County are trying to restore oyster populations by getting consumers to recycle the shells. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has set up receiving areas at the Barco and Moyock Recycling Centers. The agency's Patricia Smith is asking residents and restaurants to take shells to one of those two designated sites:</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 11:05:00 +0000 Catherine Brand 7419 at http://wunc.org Electric Cooperatives Collecting Ineffecient Refrigerators http://wunc.org/post/electric-cooperatives-collecting-ineffecient-refrigerators <p>North Carolina's electric cooperatives want you to get rid of that old refrigerator or freezer that's in your basement or garage. The Fridge and Freezer Farewell Program is meant to get secondary, older and inefficient models out of circulation. Valerie Woods works for GreenCo Solutions which helps the electric coops reach their energy efficiency and renewable energy goals. She says nothing goes to waste.<br> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 14:00:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 7510 at http://wunc.org