Recycling

Sonoco Recycling

China’s ban on 24 types of trash imports is changing the recycling business and waste management in the United States.  The new policy on what China will accept limits the type of plastic and unsorted paper recycling collectors are taking, while a new threshold for acceptable contamination sits at 0.5%.  

New Hanover County Department of Environmental Management

Food waste and other organic material accounts for more than half of New Hanover County’s landfill stream.  That’s why a new food waste collection program starts July 1st.

How often have you wondered whether to toss a soda bottle into the recycling bin with or without the cap?  Do you rinse out food containers before you recycle them?  And what do you do with all those plastic grocery bags?

Even though City of Wilmington offices are closed until December 27th, trash service will run on a regular schedule.   Here are a few useful reminders for that post-holiday trash.

Legions of local residents could intelligently articulate the importance of recycling. 

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Even though tossing electronic waste into landfills is illegal in North Carolina, only about ten percent of residents in New Hanover County make the effort to recycle.  County officials say the level of apathy among residents is a head-scratcher. 

But Verizon is expecting broad community participation at the e-waste drive, which takes place on Thursday, May 9th at the Verizon Call Center in Wilmington.

John Seb Barber

Break out those old cans and bottles of household cleaners: pollen is back and it’s time for spring cleaning. Once New Hanover County residents are finished with those cleaning products, they can recycle them and other household wastes, like batteries.

Spring cleaning is upon us, but that doesn’t just mean emptying out our closets.