Education is not limited to just the classroom. Lately in Moore County, it’s occurring house to house and trash can to trash can. Local towns are putting a massive effort forward to let homeowners know what they can — and more importantly, can’t — discard in their recycling bins.
“Education is a huge part of the puzzle now,” said Mel Gilles, with the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, who met with local officials this past week to discuss recycling concerns. “Contamination is driving recycling costs up.”
And so most of those things we used to recycle are no longer good to go. Improving the stream of recyclables is worth thousands of dollars that local towns might not have to pay out in this climate of soaring prices for dumping recyclables.
Our job as consumers, now, is to take a few minutes to familiarize ourselves with the new do’s and don’ts of recycling. A little awareness on our parts can save time, money and hassle.