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8:02 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Trashy Reading: Raleigh Solid Waste Dept. Starts A Book Club

Raleigh's solid waste department is starting a book club to share information and start a discussion about how garbage is managed.
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A new book club in Raleigh is encouraging some trashy reading this summer.

The Solid Waste Services Department says it's a way of celebrating the 25 years since Raleigh set up a curbside recycling program, and the city wants readers to learn more about how garbage is managed and how recycling works.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Durham Cuts 4 Jobs From Solid Waste Department

Durham has cut landfill costs by boosting recycling measures in recent years. Now, the city has cut the waste reduction coordinator job to make up or a budget shortfall.
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Durham's Solid Waste Department is cutting four jobs to make up for a $1.1 million budget shortfall.

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.

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Business & Economy
5:09 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Got Garbage? Raleigh Might Consider "Pay As You Throw"

A worker leaves his break chair to direct traffic atop the South Wake Landfill in Apex.
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The Raleigh City Council wants to reduce the amount of garbage it sends to a landfill in Southern Wake County.

Raleigh pays about $33 for each ton of garbage it buries, but the city can make $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, WasteZero, says it has the best option.

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Business & Economy
8:04 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Cary Tells You Where You Can Put That Cracked Patio Chair

Residents of Cary can now place bulky #2HDPE plastics in their curbside recycling bins.
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Starting today, residents of Cary can recycle even more waste materials.  In addition to soda bottles and milk jugs, Cary will accept bulky #2 HPDE plastic in its curbside recycling bins.

Solid Waste Division Manager Bob Holden said that includes old patio furniture, storage bins, and garbage cans.

“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.”

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Business & Economy
8:31 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Manufacturers Brainstorm To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Packaging Materials

More manufacturers are working to make their packaging recyclable or compostable.
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A growing contingent of manufacturers is working to make products with packaging that won't end up in a landfill.

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.

Diane Davis is the executive director of the CRA. She said making products that limit waste can be cost-effective while being environmentally friendly.

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Politics & Government
7:02 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Fee Illegality May Change Orange County Recycling Program

Orange County leaders may be forced to change how its recycling program is paid for.  The county says its recycling efforts have reduced trash in landfills by nearly 60 percent.  The county has been charging fees on property tax bills for the last decade to help pay for the program.  But the fee was never approved by the General Assembly.  The county manager's suggestion to privatize recycling pickup was resisted by some county commissioners. 

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Hanover County Converts Christmas Trees to Biomass

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.

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Environment
6:10 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Greensboro Begins Recycling Program for Mattresses

A new program in Greensboro aims to keep old mattresses from being sent to the dump.

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.

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Environment
10:12 am
Mon August 13, 2012

State Encouraging Better Uses for Food Waste

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.

Scott Mouw: 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.

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Environment
7:05 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Currituck Promotes Oyster Shell Recycling

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:

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