It’s Recycle Week, America!
June 23, 2015
Did you know that more than a dozen items are currently banned from North Carolina landfills? Here are a few that you might not know about:
1. Used oil
2. Yard trash
3. White goods (appliances, like an old dishwasher)
5. Aluminum cans
6. Whole scrap tires
7. Lead-acid batteries
8. ABC beverage containers
9. Motor vehicle oil filters
10. Recyclable plastic bottles (except motor oil or pesticide bottles)
11. Wooden pallets
12. Oyster shells
13. Computer equipment
So, what can you do to help keep these items out of the landfill?
Start by reducing your consumption of these items. Opt for rechargeable batteries when possible.
Donate gently used appliances and electronics still in working condition before you upgrade to newer models. Reuse what you can and recycle items rather than tossing them.
They also offer resources for event and venue recycling. P2pays.org has a search directory if you are looking for a North Carolina market for recycling an item. You might also want to consider listing materials available/wanted on NC WasteTrader, North Carolina’s marketplace for discarded or surplus materials or products.
Landfill bans are necessary for several reasons. In many cases, the banned materials are hazardous to our health and environment. Improper disposal of some substances could contaminate soil, surface water or drinking water. In other cases, throwing away the product is like throwing away money.
Now that you are informed about North Carolina’s landfill bans, go tell your friends!
Learn more about the bans here.