New Plastic Recycling Law

A new law taking effect October 1st bans plastic bottles from landfills as a way to encourage recycling and reduce the amount of trash in the ground.

Chris Frazier with the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance says state regulators won't rummage through people's trash. Some local government sanitation departments have said though they won't pick up trash that contains the plastic bottles until they are separated.

State officials say the new law is not about penalizing people who don't recycle plastic bottles, but say it's time to keep things that can be recycled out of landfills.

Pitt county's recycling coordinator says they can recycle plastic with the numbers one and two on the bottom.


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  • by LEW Location: Farmville on Oct 3, 2009 at 10:37 PM
    What kind of law is this??? They aren't going to check, and if they catch you somehow there is no penalty. Which one of our incompetent legislator's needed to get a bill passed with his name on it, came up with this. Now they will all go back and tell the voter's what environmentalist they are. I have always recycled, I agree with doing it, but what does this law actually do???
  • by Amy Location: Greenville on Oct 2, 2009 at 09:08 PM
    Honestly, it's really easy to recycle in Greenville. You don't have to use a certain bin, use whatever you want, as long as it's not over 32 gallons and has a lid. Get a recycle sticker from the Public Works dept on Beatty St. You don't have to sort it, as long as the plastic is a 1 or 2. Go to the City of Greenville website, then the Public Works tab, and then Recycling for all the information. I only wish they also took plastic grocery bags!
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Oct 2, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    David's Trash Service does recycle. They are picking mine up today...the first Friday of each month. Also, if you live in Greenville you are not more that three or four miles from a satellite dump site. Take five minutes out your busy day and recycle...or at least use the bottle over and over again. Your tap water is just as good as the water you but from the store. Same with plastic bags from the grocery store. Take your own bags. Do your part!
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Oct 2, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    do the right thing and recycle...
  • by Kelly Location: Smith on Oct 2, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    WITN: Is this a federal law? State law? County law? I see you cited a Pitt Co. official for your sme, but you never really clarified who this affects. Thanks.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Oct 2, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    And how will this be enforced? I must admit, I have no idea where to recycle or how to recycle with the city of Greenville--and there's your problem. This law has good intentions, poor execution and uses a "hammer" to punish the public. Nice job NC legislators.
  • by Me Location: NC on Oct 2, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    I called the company about the recycle bins and it will cost you to get one, so there goes more of my hard earned money going to someone else, but I think it would be cheaper to burn it. I already pay enough for trash service.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Oct 2, 2009 at 02:30 AM
    To TJ. Sad. But true. We are taxed to death. I like the deposit idea. Because you get your money back. It's a small incentive that is proven. Go to Aldi Grocery Store in Winterville. You rent the grocery cart and get your quarter back when you return it. It keeps people from being lazy and leaving the carts in the lot. I have never seen a stray cart at Aldi. This will work to encourage people to recycle.
  • by TJ on Oct 1, 2009 at 05:41 PM
    PRETTY SOON EVERYTHING IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE RECYCLED AND THE TRASH PICK UP FEE WILL ON YOUR TAXES WILL ONLT GET HIGHER.PRETTY SOON THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT WILL TELL YOU TO PUT YOUR TOILET PAPER IN A TRASH CAN SO THEY CAN TAX IT.MAN WHAT ARE THE DEMOCRATS GOING TO DO WITH DEAD PEOPLE NOW? IS THIER A WAY TO RECYCLE US!
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Oct 1, 2009 at 05:41 PM
    They should go back to glass bottles where they make you pay a deposit or trade your bottles in. The deposit is a great incentive.
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