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Recycling could be made easier, especially in rural areas

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It has been more than a month since new state laws governing recycling took effect, but it's unclear if these laws are working in some rural communities. Beginning October first, North Carolina residents were required to recycle items like plastic bottles, wooden pallets, and oil filters. But its not so easy for everybody to recycle. “Well, I think some are. But I don't know how you can enforce the regulations, because you don't have the ability or the means to recycle unless you do get to a center,” said Archie Cribb of Whiteville. Cribb visits a recycling center in Whiteville two to three times per week, but the drop off sites are few and far between, with only six in Columbus County. “I think its good to recycle. But I think having a law its going to be tough to enforce it unless you had more provisions,” Cribb said. The biggest change is that you cannot throw away plastic bottles anymore. Instead you need to bring them to the recycling center, where they have a whole new container just for that purpose. The numbers of bottles in the bins are up, but it’s clear to employees that not everybody is recycling. They say its tough to expect people to travel far away from home to get to the centers and follow the rules. Folks like Archie Cribb say there could be a better way. “Well I think if, and I know it would be expensive to get the infrastructure, but if they had the ability for you to separate it out for them to pick it up out in the country I think that would help, but of course it would be expensive.” Meaning there's still room for improvement. Recycling officials say 80 plastic bottles are disposed of every second in the state of North Carolina. The new rules are aiming to reduce this number to help the environment and save valuable landfill space.

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It's interesting that other states can recycle without a problem. I moved from Maine where we make a $.05 cent deposit (more on liquor) on all bottles/cans, and presto changeo... no one in Maine (ok - rarely I can say) thinks about throwing away bottles and cans. Better yet, if they don't want to throw it IN the trash, and can't take it home where people have separate trash cans for bottles in homes/sheds/garages, etc. we usually put them beside where homeless people (I never lived more than 5 miles from a grocery store) would return them themselves.

If you don't have city pick up, like a condo or apartment, you have to really look into where/how to recycle! I haven't even found a dump around town... and at home, I knew I could always bring everything there and put things in their separate areas. So I've been throwing bottles away. Luckily, I've stopped because I found a drop off place on my way to work, but learned that through a coworker.

We don't have any homeless out in the country

Homelessness is an almost exclusively urban issue. They go there because that's where the suckers are...too much work to be found out in rural America...far easier to panhandle to pay for your MD 20/20.

We also don't have any recycling centers, so we'll just keep tossing cans and bottles in the trash and burning it out back....we don't want to attract any homeless bums.

Rural Recycling

It always sounds like a great idea, but how much fuel is consumed by these trucks that have to pick up from these remote locations. How much pollution is generated from this? Maybe this is something that needs to be addressed on the manufacturers end in lieu of the consumers end.


Perhaps recycle bins could be placed at local grocery stores next to the dumpsters... in communities that don't have pick up service, (being as everyone has access to grocery stores.) Just a thought!

I agree. I now have a

I agree. I now have a couple of trash bags full of plastic bottles taking up space in my shed. I can get to the grocery store or maybe they could work out something with WalMart perhaps, but the landfill here where the only recycling containers are is not open at convenient hours for me to get there, and the gates are locked with the recycling bins inside them at night.

Guess you don't live in a

Guess you don't live in a rural area..some people have to drive 15-20 miles to a grocery store too.

Perhaps those nitwits in Raleigh will fund the centers

Nothing quite as stupid as passing a law that people can't or won't comply with. No one in their right mind is going to drive twenty miles to recycle plastic bottles.

^ i agree. if they make it

^ i agree. if they make it a law they need to either a) provide recycling pickup, or b) provide more recycling centers. i still don't get how they plan to enforce this law...are they going to have someone dig through our trash cans the morning of pickup looking for "contraband"?


they start HARD CORE enforcement....I'll start killing the ozone with my burn barrel in the backyard burning the plastic...