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Waste & Recycling March 01, 2024 02:03:24 AM

Wake County, NC Libraries and Solid Waste Launch Recycling Education Campaign

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Next month, residents can attend drop-in events to ask experts what they can and cannot recycle in Wake County.

Wake County, NC Libraries and Solid Waste Launch Recycling Education Campaign

SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): To help the community learn more about green initiatives, the Wake County Solid Waste Management Division is hosting a series of free educational events at Wake County libraries throughout March. “If we all do a little more to reduce the amount of waste going into our landfill, we can make a big difference in the environmental health of our county,” said Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria. “By offering these classes, we’re making it easy for residents to learn what they can toss into their recycling or compost bins instead of the trash.”

In addition to reducing waste, these educational opportunities will also help residents avoid recycling materials the municipalities and county do not accept in local recycling programs. Improper recycling is considered contamination, and it can be costly for the county and dangerous for recycling facility staff. The county is required to pay a fee to its recycling processor if the contamination rate exceeds 10%. The current rate in Wake County is 13.8%.

Next month, residents can attend drop-in events to ask experts what they can and cannot recycle in Wake County. Beginning this weekend, they can also join classes to learn how to do indoor vermicomposting, which uses earthworms to turn organic matter into fertilizer, and backyard composting, a simple method for decomposing organic matter at home.

The classes are suggested for ages 11 and older, and people of all ages are encouraged to attend the drop-in recycling events.

Courtesy: www.wasteadvantage.com

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