Still think you’re doing a good deed by filling your recycling bin with pizza boxes and plastic flower pots? Know you could recycle more, but not sure what belongs in your town’s green container or the county’s receptacles?

To recycle more, you have to recycle right. That’s the two-pronged message behind Moore County Solid Waste’s new #RecycleMoore, #RecycleRight campaign to educate local residents on what’s actually recyclable — and what’s contaminating a potentially valuable haul.

#RecycleMoore was created to reduce confusion and educate Moore County on what can and can not be recycled. Let Eli Brown (a North Moore High School student) tell you more. Credit: Story Focused Media

“We think recycling is a big deal here in Moore County,” says solid waste director David Lambert. “Recycling protects the environment and creates jobs here in North Carolina. When we recycle right, we might even be able to dispose of the county’s waste at a lower cost than actual household trash.”

What is Recyclable?

When items are placed in the recycling bin that don’t belong, it makes recycling expensive and the products less desirable to the market; but with misinformation, misconceptions, and changing rules it is a challenge to get everyone on the same page regarding what is — and what is not — recyclable.

This is where the #RecycleMoore campaign comes in. Leaders from every town and village in Moore County are working together to promote a single, county-wide set of recycling guidelines.

These guidelines are designed to reduce confusion regarding recycling, standardize rules within Moore County, and maximize the types of material that can be recycled in the program. These recycling standards apply to residents who enjoy existing curbside recycling programs and those who visit County drop-off facilities.

What Else Will the County Accept?

While not all materials are accepted in comingled recycling bins, county drop- off sites accept electronics, glass, and metal. The landfill accepts tires and yard waste, as well as construction and demolition material.

Hazardous materials can be disposed of at Eagle Springs and Carthage collection sites, as well during the upcoming annual household hazardous waste event, set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Pinecrest High School.

During this special one-day-event, the county will accept all household hazardous material (like paint, chemicals, cleaners, etc.) for free. A paper shredding truck and medicine drop-off stations will also be on site.

How to Learn More

If you have questions or are interested in the state of recycling in North Carolina, drop in to a town-hall style meeting at Aberdeen Parks And Recreation Department (301 Lake Park Crossing, Aberdeen NC 28315) at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14.

If an online meeting option is made available, a link will be made available on the solid waste department’s website and social media pages.

How to Spread the Word

Residents are invited to follow Moore County Solid Waste on Facebook and on Instagram, and share posts featuring recycling guidelines. Watch for contests with prizes like gift cards and electronics just for liking, sharing and commenting.

(4) comments

Kent Misegades

More tax money wasted. Recycling only works when free markets see a value in our trash and are competing to buy it from us. If not, it remains trash and belongs in a landfill.

Conrad Meyer

Kent you are wrong on this one. If the cost to reuse or recyle is less than the cost to put in a landfill, recycling makes sense. Look up the costs to build a new landfill and the tipping fees and you will understand the economics better.

On another note, I wish that Moore County would collect regular dry cell batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, etc.). Currently there is no place to drop them. Up in the Triangle they collect them in 5 gallon buckets at many businesses.

David Lambert

We accept lead-acid batteries such as those used for autos, boats, motorcycles, and lawnmowers at the Carthage/Hilcrest Collection Center at 5361 US Highway 15-501.

We do NOT currently have a separate recycling program for regular batteries (A, AA, C, or D). However, these batteries may be disposed of during a planned Household Hazardous Waste Event.

There are many drop off retailers that collect batteries like: Staples and Lowes

**Alkaline batteries are permitted to be thrown away in household trash. Rechargeable or lithium must be disposed of at a Hazardous Waste Event or at a retailer like Staples or Lowes Hardware

william good

We do not have a separate recycle bin. Per the video, we are to put our recyclables into our single garbage bin without putting in a bag. So the recycled material is placed into the truck with the regular garbage and compacted. I have to assume that any paper products are then contaminated by all that funky moisture that is released when the plastic bags are compacted. Are we really recycling?

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