North Carolina residents recycle more, throw away less

February 13, 2012 by  

The Carolina Solid Waste and Materials Management Report, released earlier this month, states that the people living in the state trashed less per capita in the year from 2010-2011 than at any other time in the past 20 years. The report, released in Raleigh, North Carolina, says that the disposal rate per capita was 0.99, down from 1.07 the previous year, the first time the rate has been below one ton since 1991-1992. Printing services have been used to print flyers and posters regarding this accomplishment to distribute to local communities so that residents were be encouraged to continue their efforts to reduce their disposal of trash and continue with their increased recycling efforts.

According to Dexter Matthews, director of the North Carolina Division of Waste Management, the economy heavily influences the state’s disposal rate. He pointed out that the increase in recycling efforts done by the state has contributed to the reduction that the report outlined.

The report also found that there was an increase by 63% in the amount of electronic equipment that counties and cities collect after the General Assembly established an electronic management program in 2010. There were also 283 local curbside recycling, reaching a record high and serving more than 1.63 million households across North Carolina.

According to Scott Mouw, head of the Community and Business Assistance section in the Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach, the state has done a great job in its efforts to recycle materials, which helps to create jobs and fuel a growing recycling economy.