A recycling site on North College Road has closed down and residents who've relied on it aren't too happy about why it was closed. What was a very busy drop-off site in the parking lot of Lowes Foods had been there for about 15 years. New Hanover County's Solid Waste Department said complaints from residents in a fairly new apartment complex nearby prompted the county to close the site. There was some illegal dumping at the site, and residents from the Villas at Murrayville complained about litter blowing onto the complex property. Seven recycling containers, along with one for batteries, were taken from the lot. Nancy Olsen has recycled at the site for six years. “There was no talk about it ahead of time, it's just like, it's gone just because this apartment complex complained. I mean, like I said, when they built it, they knew this was here." "I'm trying to find a location out here where we can put another site. This is a great spot, actually for businesses, recycling centers bring them a lot of people,” said NHC Solid Waste Planner Lynn Bestul. Any property owners in the Murrayville area willing to allow recycle containers on their property are asked to contact Lynn Bestul in the solid waste department, at 798-44-10. People who used to recycle at the Lowes Foods now have two choices; they can go to Blair Elementary School off Market Street or near the True Value on 117 in Castle Hayne. However, the recycle bins at both of those sites already get full quickly.
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