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Recycling Programs In Charlotte

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Interested in recycling in the Charlotte area? Learn about public and private recycling programs as well as community initiatives for recycling education and involvement. Recycling programs reduce landfill levels and the carbon footprint of Charlotte communities. 

Understanding the Basic Recycling Services

Registered to live in Mecklenburg County? The county provides recycling pick-up every other week on the same day as garbage collection. Aerosol and aluminum cans, paper and cardboard and glass bottles and jars are some of the items that can be placed in the recycling bin. Find a complete list here. A 24-hour hotline is also available to accommodate recycling needs at (704) 336-3777.

Commercial and Business Recycling Programs

Business customers can also request containers to accommodate their waste and recycling needs and have the opportunity to become a Wipe Out Waste Ambassador. This program creates a network for businesses to reduce overall consumption and recycle and reuse material and supplies. Interested participants can also download a Waste Assessment sheet that helps estimate landfill and recyclable quantities.   

Other Mecklenburg County Initiatives 

Avid tailgaters and Panthers fans can recycle their game-day waste of cardboard, bottles and cans in yellow bags in the tailgate section. Since 2009, 116 tons of recycled items have helped divert waste destined for landfills. Sponsored in part by Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, this sport event program also helps raise awareness about recycling efforts in the Charlotte community.

Mecklenburg County has partnered with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) District as well as other independent and religious schools in the Charlotte area to facilitate recycling programs for a wide range of grade levels. For CMS, the county provides educational materials and recycling bins for the respected campus. The school-wide programs promote student involvement and lay the foundation for maintaining the recycling initiatives. For example, CMS started a program to recycle juice and milk cartons in its cafeterias and dining halls and was quite successful in its rookie year.

Private Recycling Facilities 

In addition to Mecklenburg County-operated recycling centers, private companies have capitalized on residential, business and commercial waste with recycling drops throughout Charlotte. In particular, within the packaging company of Sonoco, Sonoco Recycling coordinates recycling for the Charlotte area at its materials recycling facilities. Another recycling center, Wise Recycling pays customers for scrap metal. To find out about what materials will increase the money in your wallet, click here.

Electronic Waste 

Instead of throwing motherboards, old PCs and cell phones away to the landfill, individuals, residences and businesses can reroute this electronic waste to specified e-waste pick-up sites and centers like eCycleSecureE-Cycle Resources and USB Recycling. Many companies can reuse the circuit boards and other infrastructure of these electronics and repurpose them for new products, while others simply facilitate the collection of the electronic waste. 

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Isabel Sepkowitz is a freelance writer. She is an environmentalist who values sustainability, education, and innovation for the emerging green economy. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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