New State Recycling Rules

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The next time you take out some trash you may want to think twice about what you threw in there.

That's because starting October first there's a new state rule that bans throwing away motor oil filters, plastic bottles, and wooden pallets into the regular trash and landfills.

Instead they want you to recycle them. Officials say there won't be fines if you don't do it though, because they aren't officially enforcing the rule.

But they do hope it makes people more aware of what they're throwing out.

The new rule is meant to help reach the State Governments goal of achieving an annual recovery rate of two million tons of recycling by 2012.

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  • by Resident Location: Greenville on Sep 30, 2009 at 07:18 PM
    Gator - It's your personal property until you throw it away; then it gets put in a landfill and affects the public. That's just being selfish.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Aug 25, 2009 at 03:42 AM
    Isn't it nice that our government has added a new "law" on the people. Not that people don't recycle but have to recycle. Amazing what the government can tell you to do with your personal property.
  • by RobH Location: Greenville on Aug 24, 2009 at 09:42 PM
    Recycling is not monetarily fesible. It costs more money and more energy to recycle a piece of trash than to just dispose of it.
  • by unk Location: g-vegas on Aug 21, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    We tried recycling, but Greenville was so strict about how to separate green plastic, brown plastic, clear plastic, etc. and then there were the recycle numbers on the bottom of the bottles had to be separated. Too much work for a working person to do. I like the idea of prisoners doing this task. They could work shifts and that would aleviate overcrowding in the prisons. Oh, that's right liberals don't want to punish criminals, just the honest taxpayer.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 20, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    I say that every landfill should have a area where convicts are taken to work every day, and let them separate it. Us taxpayers are having to pay for their rehabilitation, so lets make them earn it.
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    Why waste time, money, and effort creating a law that can't be and won't be enforced? Just another example of govt waste at the top.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    ECVC used to have inmates working at night and as I understood it then their job was to seperate trash.
  • by Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Location: Winterville on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:08 AM
    If you pay in your GUC bill for trash pick up, then you are also paying for recycling as it is "free" to do so at the moment. Just contact Public Works for a recycling decal (they'll mail it to you) to put on most large plastic containers for recycling. At least recycle plastic items. They can take thousands of years to degrade in a landfill! It's so sad to see people chunk a plastic bottle into a trash can when it is positioned right next to a recycling can.
  • by David Location: Outer Banks on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:34 PM
    Where I live on the Outer Banks, we have a dumpster in our neighborhood that everyone is allowed to throw anything they want into it. Recycling is not even an option in certain towns in Dare County such as; Manns Harbor, Stumpy Point and Wanchese, unless the residents drive 15 to 20 miles to the closest recycling center. It is very disappointing to see that this county doesn't enforce recycling. And certain towns within the county such as Manns Harbor, Stumpy Point, East Lake and Wanchese do not give recycling as an option. Many residents want city water and sewage and we can't even get that! Fixing state laws only puts residents such as us in binds. Counties should change laws to suit the residents before states make the changes without the options.
  • by Rt Location: Gvegas on Aug 19, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    Kinda hard to catch someone putting a plastic water bottle in their garbage and fining them for it. The city forces it's citizens to pay for garbage pickup, so I say I'm paying them to separate it.
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