Craven County announces elimination of curbside recycling

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN)- One county here in the east is scaling back its recycling program, as countries like China start to pump the brakes on buying American recyclables.

Craven County says it will cease curbside recycling on June 28th. The decision was made by the Craven County Board of Commissioners back on April 15th.

Officials say the cost to taxpayers was going to be too great.

We're told that Craven County taxpayers currently pay $36.00 per year for weekly curbside recycling pickup with an 18 gallon container. The three contract renewal options considered were $75.00 per year for weekly curbside recycling pickup with an 18 gallon container, $75.00 per year for bi-weekly curbside recycling pickup with a 64 gallon container, or $57.00 per year for monthly curbside recycling pickup with a 95 gallon container.

So what's the reason for the skyrocketing price?

"Waste Industries sells recyclables and the demand for recycled material is market-driven. At this time, buyers of recycled materials are not purchasing the same quantity the world is producing. As a result, recycle service providers are not able to sell the material for sufficient revenue and need to increase their service fee to continue providing services," stated Jack Veit, Craven County Manager.

Craven County is still encouraging citizens to bring their recyclables to one of their seven waste sites:

• 3555 NC Highway 101, Havelock, North Carolina.
• 605 NC Highway 55 East New Bern, North Carolina.
• 205 Belltown Road, Dover, North Carolina.
• 7775 Highway 70 East, Havelock, North Carolina.
• 4001 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern, North Carolina.
• 135 Sanders Lane, New Bern, North Carolina.
• 232 Bailey Lane Vanceboro, North Carolina.

We're told that Waste Industries will be offering residents subscription curbside services for most areas in Craven County. The county government says that Waste Industries is currently in discussions with municipalities to determine what, if any, services they would like to provide for their residents.

More details on pricing and service areas will be available after May 15, 2019.