Last fall Pender County Solid Waste joined the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and NC communities and to spread a statewide Recycle Right NC message about what belongs in the trash and what items to recycle correctly.
This campaign gave us a great opportunity to engage our residents and educate them about recycling.
We found that there was a great deal of confusion about what belongs in the bin and a lack of confidence. Confused residents often try to do the right thing by placing as much as they can in the recycling bin.
But that kind of wishful recycling hinders recycling efforts increases the cost of sorting and degrades the materials that are truly recyclable.
Cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, metal cans, glass bottles, plastic jars, tubs, jugs and jars are recyclable.