Household Hazardous Waste at Full Service Recycling Centers
Mecklenburg County's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection program has averaged an 11.8% increase in annual tonnage since 2006. In addition to accepting substances currently banned from N.C. landfills (such as antifreeze and oil filters), the HHW program provides County residents with a convenient and free option for properly disposing of items that are toxic, flammable, corrosive or explosive and that pose a threat to the health of the resident and/or the environment if improperly disposed of. A steady increase in the volume of residential customers utilizing Mecklenburg County's four full-service recycling centers has contributed to the increase of HHW tonnage. During 2011, 462,500 customers visited the County's staffed full service recycling centers; a 23% increase from 2006.
State landfill bans will continue to play an important role in increasing the recovery of electronic waste at County full service recycling centers. On January 1, 2011, North Carolina enacted a State landfill ban on computer devices and T.V.'s. Since 2006, County full service recycling centers have reported a 25% annual increase in the tonnage of electronic waste recovered; however, the primary influence for this increase began in 2009 when the landfill ban was originally expected to pass. During that year (2009), County full service recycling centers reported a 69% increase in the tonnage of electronic waste recovered. Since 2009, County full service recycling centers have reported a 21% annual increase in tonnage of electronic waste recovered.
For more information contact: Nezzie Russell, Contract Coordinator: Nezzie.Russell@mecklenburgcountync.gov
What you can do to increase Recycling
- Educate friends and family about the recycling programs offered by Mecklenburg County
- Become a recycling advocate
- Organize a collection day in your neighborhood for recyclables and hard to dispose of items and then transport these items to a Full Service Recycling Center
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Last updated 4/16/12