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  • Outdoor Compost Bins are available for sale at the Orange County Solid Waste Management office, 1207 Eubanks Rd. Chapel Hill. They are $50 each, cash or check only please, Monday-Friday 8-5. To learn more about the "Earth Machine" outdoor composting unit that we sell, visit www.earthmachine.com

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The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is sponsoring two free Shred-A-Thons in cooperation with University Mall, local law enforcement, and the Local Government Federal Credit Union.

Orange County residents and small businesses (including those in the Town of Chapel Hill within Durham County), and local government employees that work for the County or the Town of Carrboro, Chapel Hill or Hillsborough may securely destroy their personal confidential documents at no cost.  

Both events are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will take place at the following locations:

  • Thursday, October 23 -- University Mall, at Estes and Willow Drive, Chapel Hill.  For safety reasons, this service will be “park and walk up” only!  Carts will be available however if you can bring your own hand-truck or cart it may be useful if you have more items than you can carry.
  • Saturday, October 25 -- Hampton Pointe 24-hour Recycling Drop-off Site, behind Home Depot, Hwy 86, Hillsborough.   This service will be “drive through”.

There is a limit of five “banker-box” sized boxes or five large bags of paper per person, and a limit of one trip per person or business.

Please remove any non-paper materials prior to bringing loads to the Shred-a-thon such as plastic binders, plastic folders, metal tabs, laminated paper, computer disks or other electronic media.  Incidental paper clips or staples are OK. The shredded paper will be recycled, so we want to keep it clean!

Shredding takes place on-site in full view of people delivering paper. 

 

Orange County is currently surveying CURRENT RURAL CURBSIDE CUSTOMERS to measure interest in receiving a 95-gallon cart (pictured above) to replace their orange bins. If you are currently in the service area, and would like to use a cart for your curbside recycling service, please fill out the short Rural Curbside Roll Cart Request Survey to order one. You have until Sept 19 to order. Delivery will take place January-February of 2015.

Click here for Rural recycling routes. Look for your street on the alphabetical list then click on the route number to find out your schedule. If your street is not listed, it is not currently on one of our recycling routes.

 

 

Orange County Solid Waste will deliver recycling carts to Town residents starting June 9

Orange County is pleased to announce that residents of Carrboro, Chapel Hill (including the portion of the Town of Chapel HIll that falls within Durham County) and Hillsborough with curbside recycling will soon receive new blue 95 gallon wheeled carts to replace their old square 18-gallon bins that have been the Towns’ recycling receptacle for decades!  Delivery of over 18,000 carts to residents of all three towns will begin on June 9 and continue through June 29, 2014.  Residents should start using their new blue carts the week of June 30, on their regularly scheduled recycling day, not before.  Curbside recycling in the towns will remain a weekly service.

Postcards with cart use information and recycling details were mailed June 2 to each address receiving a new cart.   Keep the colorful postcard for reference throughout the collection year, or find the postcard online here. When you do receive your cart, please pull it off the street immediately and house it near your residence.  Notice the decals on the cart describe the exact materials that can be placed inside.  The carts will also be equipped with an RFID tag (or “radio-frequency identification”) that will tie the cart to each address and will help measure participation rates. 

After the June 30 cart start date only recycling placed in the new blue carts will be collected, and the old square bins should be retired.  Residents can recycle their old bins by placing them in the new carts through the month of July, or if they prefer, keep them for reuse around the house.  Old bins that get recycled will be segregated and sold to the company providing the carts (Rehrig Pacific Company) to be made into new recycling carts.  Bins that arrive back to us in good condition will be set aside for reuse in our community.

We ask that residents place their carts at the curb with the lid opening facing the street by 7:00 a.m. on their collection day, or put them out the night before.  The cart should be clear of any obstructions, and two to three feet distant from any other object such as mailboxes, trees, vehicles, or other carts.  This is so the truck’s mechanical collection arm can have space to lift and tip the carts with ease.  Only materials placed loosely inside the recycling cart, with the cart lid closed, will get emptied into the recycling truck—items left on the ground, in plastic bags, or another containers, or that get stuck inside the cart will not be recycled.  Carts should be rolled back to the house after collection in accordance with Town ordinances.

Approximately 400 residents in Chapel Hill and Carrboro will have their recycling day changed to help increase route efficiency, mostly in the Vineyard community off of Weaver Dairy Road extension.  Those residents will receive an additional postcard notifying them of their new collection day, and also will receive a door hanger notification when their cart is delivered to remind them of the change.   

Residents of the towns as well as your county recycling staff have been eagerly awaiting implementation of roll carts for curbside recycling for many years.  Roll carts are typically safer for residents and collection staff to use, accommodate automated collection to increase efficiency, minimize spillage/windblown materials, and increase storage capacity for the more serious recyclers.

More questions?  Check out the FAQ Cart document!

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC HEARINGS:  PROPOSED SOLID WASTE SERVICE TAX DISTRICT IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department provided a Notice of Public Hearing, in accordance with General Statute 153A-302, to all property owners that would be included in the proposed service district for rural curbside recycling in the unincorporated part of Orange County.

The public hearings were held regarding the establishment of a service district for recycling. This is being considered as a means to improve curbside recycling services. For the majority of properties within this proposed service district, it would replace the former annual 3-R Fee of $38/household, which was assessed on the property tax bill from 2004 – 2012 and has been discontinued. The meetings were held:

  • March 18, 2014 – 6:00p.m. Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

 

  • April 1, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. Social Services Center – Hillsborough Commons, 113 Mayo Street, Hillsborough

North Carolina Statutes require notification of property owners at least 30 days prior to a public hearing. In addition, a report shall be available for public viewing in the Clerk to the County Board of Commissioners office 30 days prior to the public hearing.

The following are documents realted to the proposed tax district and to provide more information for the public:

Solid Waste Tax District Report

Proposed Rural District Map

Questions asked prior to the meetings and at the meetings themselves have been compiled and answered by Orange COunty staff.  They can be found here:

Rural Service District FAQ

A collection of emails sent to the Orange County Board of Commissioners Chairman can be found here:

Rural Service District Emails

Eubanks Rd. and Walnut Grove Church Rd. Solid Waste Convenience Centers only,  opening Thursdays, starting Sept. 12

Starting September 12, 2013, the Eubanks Road and Walnut Grove Church Road Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be open Thursdays, 7:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.  The new hours are in response to requests by citizens to expand hours of operation at the County’s two busiest centers.  Operation hours for the other three sites will remain the same.

A full schedule, including the new expanded hours, is shown below for easy reference.

Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers Hours of Operation (September 12, 2013)

Location

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Eubanks Rd.

7am-6pm

7am-6pm

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

Walnut Grove Church Rd.

7am-6pm

7am-6pm

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

Bradshaw Quarry Rd.

CLOSED

7am-6pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

Ferguson Rd.

CLOSED

7am-6pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

High Rock Rd.

CLOSED

7am-6pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7am-6pm

7am-5pm

1pm-6pm

 

All centers will continue to be closed on Wednesdays, and all centers will be open Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Only the convenience centers at Eubanks Road and Walnut Grove Church Road will be open on Mondays and Thursdays.  

 

 

The Orange County Landfill closed on June 30, 2013. Other services will remain active.

As of June 30, the County Municipal Solid Waste Landfill will close.  This facility will no longer accept household waste or any other putrescible (wet, due to potential food content) garbage from any individual or business.   Household and business waste must be taken to a permitted transfer station or landfill that can accept those materials. Tipping fees and recycling/preparation policies may vary by facility.

The following properly separated materials will also continue to be accepted at the Orange County Solid Waste Management Facility on Eubanks Road:  

  • Yard waste
  • Tires
  • Scrap metal
  • Clean (unpainted, untreated) wood waste
  • Large appliances
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Oyster shells
  • Electronics (up to ten units per trip)
  • Mattresses and box springs (no other upholstered furniture) 
  • Hazardous waste collection facility (220 pounds/month limit for businesses)

The Construction and Demolition Waste (C&D) Landfill will continue to accept waste from construction, remodeling and demolition projects subject to the County disposal bans on corrugated cardboard, scrap metal and clean wood waste. Those materials must be separated to be accepted.

Mulch and compost sales will also remain active.

Residential services for garbage and recycling collection will continue uninterrupted at all five of Solid Waste Convenience Centers located throughout Orange County.  No commercial or other non-residential use is permitted at these locations.

 

Walnut Grove Solid Waste Convenience Center is open for full service!

Remodeling, site improvements, new equipment installation, new signage, and final paving have been successfully completed at the Solid Waste Convenience Center on Walnut Grove Church Road in Hillsborough. 

The gates will open at 7:00 a.m. on Friday May 10, providing full service to Orange County residents.

                                                                                              

The Walnut Grove Solid Waste Convenience Center includes the following amenities:

 

  • Fully paved surfaces to control dust, mud and runoff
  • Compactors with low loading height for household waste, bulky items, corrugated cardboard, and single stream recycling
  • Dropped-level containers for yard waste, tires, scrap metal, bulky waste, and large appliances for easier disposal
  • Separate routing for County trucks, plus improved entry and exit for added safety
  • Household Hazardous Waste collection for paint, pesticides, chemicals, fluorescent lights, and other toxic items found in the home
  • Food waste collection for composting (the first residential food waste drop-off in NC)
  • Used cooking oil collection, which will be converted into biodiesel
  • Plastic bag and plastic film recycling
  • Clothing and shoes drop-off for charities
  • Lumber Salvage – an annex to the Salvage Shed for sharing solid sawed lumber 

Orange County made these changes to improve efficiency and safety of disposal and collection, while expanding recycling opportunities for County residents.  The overall plan concept adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2010 includes two larger district Centers and three neighborhood centers.

Improvements to the remaining convenience centers will take place in phases over the next several years.  The Walnut Grove site was chosen because the County owns the property, and it will provide improved recycling and waste collection services for the residents in the northern part of the County.

 

 

Orange County Ranks Best in the State for Waste Reduction!

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department is recognized as being number one in the state for waste reduction, reaching 59% of its 61% aggressive reduction. The County is disposing only 0.56 tons/person compared to the base year of 1991-92, when the disposal rate measured 1.36 tons. 

In the region, Wake County achieved a 25% reduction rate, Durham County rate is at 21%, Chatham County is 37%, and Alamance County with 26%. Orange County’s 61% waste reduction goal was adopted in 1997 by the County and by the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough as part of the County’s original Comprehensive Solid Waste Plan.

“It is to the credit of proactive residents and innovative County services, such as the conversion to single stream recycling that we are leading the state in our waste reduction efforts. Years ago some said our 61% goal was unrealistic, but we now anticipate the day when all of Orange County can celebrate achieving our lofty goal and setting the bar even higher,” said Gayle Wilson, director of Orange County’s Solid Waste Management Department.

“Being good stewards of the environment and reducing the amount of waste hauled to the landfill have been priorities for the Commissioners and County residents. We recognize that one person's waste is another person's raw material, and can be recycled rather than discarded,” said Barry Jacobs, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners.

The County’s recycling and waste reduction programs date back to 1987, starting with five unstaffed drop-off sites for newspapers, glass bottles and aluminum cans.  Now programs include curbside recycling for more than 80% of single-family households and 95% of apartment complexes, 10 drop-off sites, permanent household hazardous waste, an innovative program for reclaiming construction and demolition debris, and electronics collections. 

“Orange County’s waste reduction achievements are due in large measure to its steadfast investment in recycling services and its leadership in implementing effective recycling policies,” said Scott Mouw, director of the State Recycling Program. “Orange County’s diversion of valuable materials from disposal is helping us to create jobs and rebuild North Carolina’s economy.”

To review the North Carolina Solid Waste Per Capita disposal report for 2011-12, please visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?p_l_id=4649434&folderId=9377383&name=DLFE-58182.pdf

 

Student Move-out Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Resources!

The end of April marks the end of the collegiate Spring semester.  It’s time for the population in Chapel Hill to drop and for the number of available parking spots to rise.  It is also time for a huge slug of move-out goodies to hit the landfill.  Do your part to make move out less waste-full. Use the following guidelines to reduce waste, support local charities, and recycle as much as possible!

If you are interested in an end-of-year-move-out collection point at your apartment complex for clean, dry clothing, canned foods and usable household goods, contact our office and we will work with you to set up such a site and help provide publicity to your residents as they prepare to move out. Our office would provide a set of labeled, clean roll carts during the month of May. Your obligation would be to publicize the program, locate carts in a secure, dry area that is easily accessible for residents. Periodic policing will help ensure that the contents are usable and sanitary. Let us know if you would like a set of roll carts for clothing, canned goods and small household items.

Reusable furniture and other household items in good condition can be offered for reuse at “Salvage Sheds” located at Solid Waste Convenience Centers except for BVradshaw Quarry Rd.  Used mattresses can NOT be left at Solid Waste Convenience Centers. 

Solid Waste Convenience Centers have recycling collection for bottles, cans, jars, mixed paper, newspaper, magazines, non-bottle plastics such as yogurt tubs and stadium cups and corrugated cardboard. Recycle all batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, televisions, computers, cell phones and other electronic devices there too! 

Electronics can also be recycled at the Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Rd. in Chapel Hill. Hours there are Monday – Friday 7am to 4pm and Saturday 7:30am to noon.

Clothing and household items in good condition can be donated to local charities and pick-up can be arranged for large loads.

  • PTA Thrift Shop Village Plaza, S. Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill (919) 942-6101
  • Club Nova Thrift Shop, 103-C West Main Street, Carrboro (919) 967-6985. 

Furniture and appliances in good condition can be picked up by the Habitat for Humanity Hand-Me-Up store. Appliances must work and be less than 10 years old.  Call (919) 403-8668 to schedule a collection if you can’t drop your items off at 5501 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham, NC 27707

Donate unopened cans and boxes of non-perishable food items and unused personal care items to the Inter-Faith Council Food Pantry at 110 West Main Street in Carrboro, between 9-5 weekdays. If you need to make special arrangements for weekend drop-off, call them at 929-6380 ext. * 16.  Unserved perishable food can be brought directly to the Community House Facility at 100 W. Rosemary St.

                                                       

Styrofoam packing peanuts and bubble wrap should be brought to local packaging companies like “Pack It Ship It” at MidTown Market on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, or UPS packaging stores throughout the County.  Packing materials should not be left at the recycling dropoff sites.

Metal cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars and all clean, dry paper including, newspapers, phonebooks, envelopes, junk mail, class notes, can be recycled at all five of the 24-hour recycling drop-off sites. 

  • Cedar Falls Park: Weaver Dairy Road
  • University Mall: Mall parking lot behind the gas station on Estes Drive
  • Carrboro Plaza: Behind ABC Store in southeast corner of the Plaza
  • Meadowmont: Behind Harris Teeter (this is the least used site)
  • Hampton Pointe Shopping Plaza: Hwy 86 in Hillsborough behind Home Depot

If the site is full, please take the recyclables to another site (usually Meadowmont site or Hampton Pointe site at Home Depot in Hillsborough are underutilized).  Never ever leave plastic bags at a drop-off site. Take clean, dry empty plastic or paper bags to grocery stores to be recycled.

Hazardous Waste such as “CFL’s” (compact fluorescent lights), paint, hair spray, bug spray, drain cleaner and any flammable, toxic or corrosive liquids should be taken to the Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) Collection at the Orange County Landfill on Eubanks Road. HHW is open Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 7:30 am to noon.

Please contact our office if you have any move-out questions!

(919) 968-2788

recycling@orangecountync.gov

 

Special Event Planning for Waste Reduction

Spring “special event” season is approaching and many planners want to do right by their event goers, and the environment.  The Orange County Landfill is closing on July 1 of this year, and Orange County has the highest waste reduction rate in the state at 59%. It is simply a priority among many of our residents. The marketplace has recognized that trend so store shelves are full of products that claim to be “green” -- but sometimes the labeling is misleading, and if the event doesn’t go the full distance with recycling and composting, “green” purchasing is not going to make a bit of difference.  Here are some myth busters and basic guidelines to help out.

Buying products labeled “compostable” does not make you green.  If you buy “compostables” make sure they are labeled “certified compostable” and are going to a commercial composting facility.  Corn-based #7 PLA cups usually have a green band around them and claim to be compostable.  They are… but only in a commercial composting facility, not in your backyard bin, and certainly not in the landfill.  They cannot be recycled either! Unless they are actively separated from the rest of the trash and brought to a collection point for a commercial composter (with permission or by contract), they will go into the landfill.  There they break down slowly and produce methane. It’s no better for the environment and more costly for consumers than serving with petroleum-based plastics and tossing them in the landfill.   

“Biodegradable” and “compostable” and “recyclable” do not mean the same thing. Two groups of materials have been developed in terms of degradable plastics. The first group includes plant based resins like #7PLA in corn based cups discussed above. The second includes petroleum-based conventional plastics that have chemicals added (known as oxo-degradables) which, when exposed to heat and oxygen, break apart the carbon bonds resulting in micro-fragments of plastic and metals. The fragments will remain in the environment but will not be seen as a visual contaminant.   

 

There are serious concerns amongst plastics, composting and waste management experts that these products do not meet their environmental claims. European Bioplastics considers terms such as “biodegradable” and “oxo-biodegradable” without reference to existing standards as misleading, and as such not reproducible and verifiable. Testing by the Association of Post-Consumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) shows that these plastics are NOT RECYCLABLE.  APR states “they [oxo plastics] are a contaminant in the recycling stream. Claims of recyclability are unfounded, untested, and possibly misleading as outlined in the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guide.”  The principal concern is that a recycled resin containing degradable additives renders any product made with those resins unsellable because the product has reduced quality and shortened service life.  

With all the plastics recycling in North Carolina, this is a big concern for businesses here. The NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources has just released the report: “Study on the Effects of Degradable Plastic on Recycled Feedstocks” which can be found at:  http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/lia/denr-legislative-reports. Pursuant to that, a new bill is being prepared to go the legislature this session to require OXO plastics to be labeled as not recyclable and any plastic labeled as degradable or compostable to comply with American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard D6400-04, "Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics."

What is an organizer to do? Know your waste stream! Identify what is going to be served and therefore what will be thrown out at your event.  Replace disposables with durables or recyclables wherever possible.  Many local caterers are becoming accustomed to this request. If you have recyclables, make sure you have containers for collection, and a system for proper recycling after the event. For example, instead of fountain drinks and plastic cups, serve beverages in bottles and cans and have recycling containers next to every trash can.  At the end of the event bring them to one of Orange County’s 24 hour recycling drop-off sites.  Serving hotdogs?  Good choice—finger food requires no plates or utensils, but the buns are going to come in recyclable plastic bags.  Stuff empty bun bags into another plastic bag, and recycle at a participating grocery store.  Serve condiments in bulk containers rather than disposable packets.  Want to go the distance and have compost collection?  Purchase appropriately and ensure that the compost collection containers are watched so that absolutely no plastic or metal goes in! 

Orange County Solid Waste Management can help.  We loan recycling containers for special events and consult with planners to reduce the waste stream, identifying systems for diverting waste through reduction, recycling or composting.  Larger public events in Orange County have worked with the Solid Waste Department to reduce their waste as much as 95%!  Each has their own method - Hillsborough Hogg Day works closely with food vendors to make sure they serve only on compostable ware.  Organizers of Farm-to-Fork and Terra Vita provide compostables directly to the vendors, but also reduce waste by providing each event goer with only one utensil (it’s not “Farm to Forks!” the organizer will explain).  All three of these events rely on Solid Waste staff and trash-savvy volunteers at sorting stations to keep it all separated and moving smoothly. 

CLICK HERE for the Guide to Using Durable, Disposable or Compostable Serving Ware for Special Events

 

Single Stream Recycling effective in Orange County as of July 1, 2012

Residents and businesses in Orange County will no longer have to divide their recycling into two separate containers-- all paper, magazines, newspaper, phonebooks, cartons and junk mail can be commingled with plastic bottles and jugs, metal cans, aluminum trays and foil, glass bottles and jars at the curb, in carts, and at drop-off sites.

This system of recycling, commonly referred to as “Single Stream”, will make recycling easier and more convenient for residents and businesses, while also saving trips and reducing lifting strain for recycling collection staff.   Recycling trucks won’t fill as fast because everything goes into one compartment, thus reducing transportation costs.  The technical sorting capability at recycling processing facilities (known as Material Recovery Facilities or MRFs) has improved greatly using a combination of automated equipment and manual labor, so a wide range of commingled materials can be efficiently separated and processed to achieve high-value marketable commodities. 

Curbside residents can still recycle corrugated cardboard at the curb.  The same rules apply as in two-stream -- empty and flattened boxes that are 3’x3’ or less, and 10 pieces or less, unless you can fit them all in your bin.

Businesses, apartment dwellers, and other multifamily site residents with recycling collected in blue County-owned carts still need to recycle their cardboard separately either in a designated dumpster or at a recycling drop-off location. 

Orange County Solid Waste has made a significant investment to publicize this exciting new change.   Hopefully residents and businesses received the latest issue of "Waste Matters", our 4-page newsletter that was mailed at the end of May of this year.  Curbside recycling customers received a full-color postcard with curbside recycling details.   Informational recycling decals were replaced at all apartment complex and commercial cart sites. Anyone with questions, comments or concerns or who would like copies of any of these new outreach documents is encouraged to contact the Solid Waste Management Administrative office at (919) 968-2788 or e-mail recycling@orangecountync.gov.

County Removed Plastics Recycling Dumpsters from Recycling Drop Off Sites, now only availble at Solid Wasdte Convenience Centers.

Due to excessive contamination levels, sometimes exceeding fifty percent, Orange County Solid Waste Management will permanently remove the large purple roll-off dumpsters for recycling rigid plastics from four unstaffed recycling sites on November 1.  Banners have been placed at each site stating that the rigid plastic containers will be removed.  All other recycling collection containers will remain at the unstaffed sites.

Rigid Plastic Recycling Pulled at University Mall

The purple dumpsters for recycling resin types #2, #4 and #5 cups, tubs, buckets, pipe, lawn furniture and other non-bottle plastics will remain at the five staffed convenience center sites along with all other current recycling and trash services.

Orange County has been collecting the non-bottle rigid plastics for recycling from both staffed convenience center sites and unstaffed recycling sites since February 2010 and averages about 13 tons per month incoming material, of which about nine tons of which are suitable for sale. This is the highest rate of contamination from any public recycling program. The contaminants must be manually sorted by County staff and landfilled before the good material can be sent to market.  

Only about 10% of the material in purple dumpsters from staffed sites is contaminants. The majority of contaminants come from the four unstaffed sites at Carrboro Plaza, Cedar Falls Park, Meadowmont and University Mall.  The dumpster at the Hampton Pointe recycling site behind Home Depot in Hillsborough was removed a year ago for excessive contamination, but contamination at the other four sites did not improve even with extensive public education.

Since the County established this program ongoing efforts have been made to educate the public about the proper materials including placement of high quality signage, extensive paid advertising, articles in local papers, shows on local radio and two major efforts staffing the usually unstaffed drop-off sites with temporary personnel to educate site users.  

Rigid plastics #2 (HDPE), #4 (LDPE) and #5 (PP) for which there is a reliable, regional market that Orange County sells to include items such as five gallon buckets, kitty litter buckets,  plastic storage totes, plastic lawn furniture, black pipe, and kiddie pools. These items are not recycled when put in curbside recycling bins with cans and bottles, only when kept separate and brought to the staffed Solid Waste Convenience Centers.  See the County web page for a full list of acceptable plastics in the purple bins: http://www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/rigidplastics.asp to request a pictorial brochure.

 

North Carolina Electronics Ban in effect July 1, 2011; Electronics recycling details for Orange County.

Computer equipment and televisions will be banned from disposal in North Carolina landfills as of July 1, 2011, as required by NC Session Law 2010-67 passed last year by the General Assembly. As of July 1, televisions, computers and computer equipment such as laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, scanners, and peripherals such as mice and keyboards cannot go in the trash or be disposed in any NC landfill.

Orange County residents can recycle their electronics at all 5 of the Solid Waste Convenience Centers located throughout the county, during hours of operation.  Visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/recycling/centers.asp for details.

Orange County residents, businesses, and other non-residential entities can recycle their electronics at the Orange County Landfill, 1514 Eubanks Rd. in Chapel Hill, Monday- Friday from 7:30a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  Please call ahead to make an appointment for large loads so we can process those right away.

Collected electronic items include any audio or visual data carrying devices such as computers, monitors, mice, keyboards, televisions, IPods, scanners, printers, speakers, cables, copiers, cell phones, telephones, stereos,  fax machines, CD and DVD players, cassette players, VCRs and electronic media such as CD’s, DVD’s and their cases (no electronic tape such as cassette or VCR tape please). Look for the black trailers labeled “Electronic Recycling”.

Orange County has been providing residents with electronics recycling since 2002.  Orange County will recycle close to 1,000,000 pounds of electronics this fiscal year.  That is approximately 11 tons per week, or 8 pounds per person, per year.  Orange County contracts with a North Carolina based electronics recycling firm called Synergy Recycling, LLC www.synergyrecycling.com. Synergy is certified with numerous environmental and employee health and safety standards, and their downstream markets are also certified to be environmentally sound and non-polluting.

Other components of the law are designed to create statewide recycling opportunities for discarded electronics and to place significant responsibilities on electronics manufacturers to help fund and create those opportunities.  All computer manufacturers are required to offer at least a free mail-back program for their own equipment, and some will offer additional kinds of recycling options. A number of retailers also offer recycling of electronics, as do some nonprofit and charitable agencies. A comprehensive list of recycling options for residents and businesses in the state of North Carolina can be found at: http://www.p2pays.org/electronics/.