Solid Waste

Business & Economy
7:46 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Garbage Power: Landfill Generates Enough Energy For 4,000 Homes

Gasses produced inside the South Wake Landfill are being used generate power for Duke Energy's grid.
Credit Rebecca Martinez / WUNC

The South Wake Landfill in Apex is putting its garbage to work. Wake County recently hosted an open house for its landfill gas power plant.

Solid Waste Director John Roberson said the plant is making money and producing electricity from the garbage that's decomposing inside the dump and cutting down on bad smells there.

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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.
Credit Ildar Sagdejev / Wikipedia

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.
Credit Rebecca Martinez / WUNC

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.
Credit Cary

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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