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Cart & Bin Summer 2009

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Have an Earth-friendly summer!
Don’t ‘waste” your summer
Upcoming holiday collection changes
Yard waste
Is curbside collection for you? 

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Have an Earth-friendly summer! 

Summer means family and friends, grilling out and having fun. Disposable plates, cups and utensils are the norm – and also, an opportunity!

Follow these simple guidelines and your summer parties will be fun and Earth-friendly:

Hosts, make sorting recyclables from regular trash easy by setting out recycling bins next to the trash cans. (Empty your bins before the party so there’s plenty of room.) Don’t have enough bins? Use colorful buckets with labels.

If you have a compost pile, set out a bucket for peels, rinds, and other suitable plate scraps. (For more about composting, visit the Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance web site.)

If you plan to use disposable plates, cups, and cutlery, look for biodegradable products when you’re shopping for the party. Paper plates and cups are readily biodegradable, but what about utensils? Look for utensils made with biodegradable, corn-based plastics. At the end of the party, add your biodegradables to your compost pile, if you have one. But, you can put them in the trash, too, and know they won’t still be sitting in the landfill 1,000 years from now.

Complete your Earth-friendly summer fun by lighting candles or using herbal bug spray to keep the mosquitoes away. And ask your guests to bring their own reusable container for taking home their leftovers.

Recycle Today web site 

Don’t “waste” your summer
A message from Sanitation Director Johnnie Taylor

When the summer months come we often see an increase in the amount of garbage and waste we collect because of increased activity and kids home from school.

But remember: More garbage brings more opportunities to recycle. Please be sure to take advantage of all of the recycling opportunities the city offers. If you have questions about what can be recycled, visit the RECYCLE TODAY website.

Finally, remember that summer heat brings out the odors in garbage. You can help control garbage odors by making sure that all garbage is bagged and drained of liquids.

Recycle Today web site

Upcoming holiday collection changes

Labor Day: (Observed Monday, Sept. 7)

  • Garbage collections will follow the normal schedule.
  • Curbside recycling and yard-waste cart collections will be postponed a day all week: Monday on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc.
  • Friday recycling will be collected on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Sanitation web site has a yearly holiday schedule

Yard Waste

Remember to keep your grass clippings out of the garbage! North Carolina law prohibits the disposal of grass clippings, leaves and other yard waste in sanitary landfills.

For your convenience, the city makes separate yard-waste collections for households that have purchased a yard-waste roll-out cart.

Alternatively, you can start a compost pile for your grass clippings, or take them to the city’s yard-waste facility on Overdale Road, which accepts grass clippings and leaves from the public throughout the year.


Yard-waste carts 

Read more information about yard-waste collections and yard-waste carts. 


Is curbside collection for you?

The city’s voluntary curbside collection program continues to grow. Households that participate receive free use of a sturdy, 96-gallon roll-out cart that’s big enough to hold 10 bags of garbage. The cart is yours to use at no charge for as long as you participate in the city’s curbside collection program.

To get a curbside roll-out cart or for more information, call City Link at 727-8000. 

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Mayor: Allen Joines 727-2058

City Council:
Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore, Northeast Ward 661-6460
Dan Besse, Southwest Ward 722-1674
Robert C. Clark, West Ward 765-1777
Joycelyn V. Johnson, East Ward 724-2971
Molly Leight, South Ward 725-4325
Nelson L. Malloy Jr., North Ward 722-4906
Wanda Merschel, Northwest Ward 722-6092
Evelyn A. Terry, Southeast Ward 788-5008

City Manager: Lee Garrity 747-7380


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