A state law banning disposal of plastic bottles in landfills takes effect Oct. 1. Plastic bottles join aluminum cans, which have been banned since 1994, as items that must be recycled.
During the 2005 legislative session, the N.C. General Assembly passed House Bill 1465, banning plastic bottles from disposal in landfills effective Oct. 1, 2009.
The city’s curbside recycling program accepts all plastic bottles that have a neck smaller than the base or widest part of the bottle. It does NOT accept bottle caps or tops; antifreeze, pesticide, motor oil or other hazardous material containers; containers that are not bottles, such as deli or yogurt containers, margarine tubs, or flower pots; plastic bottles that are not marked with the recyclable symbol; wide-mouth prescription bottles; plastic bags of any type; plastic wrap, or Styrofoam.
Apartment dwellers and others without access to the curbside recycling program should place recyclables in the recycling center for their apartment complex or take them to one of these public recycling centers:
- Hanes Mill Road Landfill, 325 Hanes Mill Road, 661-4900
- Forsyth Co. Center #1, 445 Lindsay St., Kernersville (near the Public Works Dept.), 723-2784
- Forsyth Co. Center #2, 6328 Yadkinville Rd., Pfafftown (beside Vienna Volunteer Fire Dept.), 723-2784
Recycling plastic bottles conserves energy and resources and creates jobs; more than 14,000 people are employed in the recycling industry in North Carolina. Bottles can be recycled back into plastic bottles, or into such other products as carpet, lumber, other types of containers or even clothing.
For more information about recycling go to the Recycle Today web site.