Public recycling programs contribute to record low disposal rates

Cabarrus ranks 9th in Common Household Recyclables
and 19th in Total Public Recycling amongst North Carolina counties

Taken from North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources press release
April 16, 2014 – North Carolina recorded the lowest per-capita rate for solid waste disposal in 2013 since measurement began in 1991, continuing a steady downward trend in disposal per person that started in 2006.
Public recycling programs across the state are contributing to this trend by providing services that divert materials from disposal and return them to the state’s recycling economy.
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources collects data on disposal and public recycling programs each year, tracking progress being made in recycling efforts.
“The business of recycling is an increasingly dynamic contributor to the North Carolina economy and public recycling programs serve as a critical link in the supply chain delivering materials to industry,” said Scott Mouw, state Recycling Program director in the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service.
The nature of materials collected and managed by public recycling programs continues to change, as does the types of recycling services provided. Fiscal Year 2012-13 saw the launch of the state’s first public program collecting food waste from citizens for composting in Orange County. More citizens than ever have access to curbside recycling, with 315 public curbside recycling programs serving more than 1.84 million N.C. households. Efforts to collect special wastes such as electronics, fluorescent lights and used cooking oil also grew last year. Public recycling programs have tripled the amount of construction and demolition waste they recycle in the last ten years, with more public programs collecting used shingles for use as an ingredient in asphalt pavement.
DENR uses municipal and county report data to profile public recycling efforts and to measure the per-capita recycling rates for each county in the state. Counties are then ranked based on their program performance. A copy of the rankings for FY 2012-13 is included below. Counties are ranked in two different ways: first based on their total recycling of all materials, and second based on their recycling of common household recyclables. In each case, data on the recovery of yard waste and tires is excluded from the totals to allow for consistency. Tire and yard waste generation can vary widely from year to year and by region based a number of conditions.
The per capita recovery rate for common household recyclables helps compare the relative effectiveness of residential recycling services, while total recycling measures broader community efforts. Communities ranked high on each list offer examples of the most effective recycling programs in North Carolina.
For information on recycling and solid waste disposal, see the FY 2012-13 North Carolina Solid Waste and Materials Management Annual Report.

Common Household Recyclables Per Capita Recovery

Rank  County  Lbs/person    
1    DARE COUNTY  279.59    
2    PITT COUNTY  245.81    
3    WATAUGA COUNTY  233.08    
4    CATAWBA COUNTY  223.17    
5    BRUNSWICK COUNTY  215.80    
6    ONSLOW COUNTY  193.82    
7    CURRITUCK COUNTY  192.71    
8    ORANGE COUNTY  186.60    
9    CABARRUS COUNTY  154.89    
10  GUILFORD COUNTY  151.91    
11  NEW HANOVER COUNTY  140.48    
12  MECKLENBURG COUNTY  137.99    
13  MACON COUNTY  137.68    
14  HAYWOOD COUNTY  134.42    
15  MOORE COUNTY  128.74    
16  ALEXANDER COUNTY  128.18    
17  BUNCOMBE COUNTY  127.85    
18  CRAVEN COUNTY  127.69    
20  WAKE COUNTY  119.75    

Total Public Recycling Per Capita Recovery

Rank  County  Lbs/person    
1  CATAWBA COUNTY  638.73    
2  PITT COUNTY  420.25    
3  PASQUOTANK COUNTY  376.29    
4  DARE COUNTY  309.92    
5  CUMBERLAND COUNTY  304.56    
6  ORANGE COUNTY  287.52    
7  MACON COUNTY  253.95    
8  WATAUGA COUNTY  247.99    
9  BRUNSWICK COUNTY  234.28    
10  CURRITUCK COUNTY  218.11    
11  ONSLOW COUNTY  200.09    
12  IREDELL COUNTY  198.03    
13  NEW HANOVER COUNTY  194.19    
14  BUNCOMBE COUNTY  173.97    
15  NASH COUNTY  168.70    
16  ALEXANDER COUNTY  166.59    
17  HAYWOOD COUNTY  162.42    
18  MECKLENBURG COUNTY  161.20    
19  CABARRUS COUNTY  161.13