Recycling in Haywood becomes easier

Take time to do the right thing
Jul 06, 2014

Now that Haywood County has switched to single stream recycling, it’s easier than ever to recycle and we hope everyone does their part to pitch in.

Currently, a whopping 30 to 40 percent of the trash being dumped at the White Oak landfill could be recycled, says the county Solid Waste Director Stephen King.

The most recent numbers in a state ranking for recycling put Haywood county at number 17 compared to other counties in the state. That’s not terrible, but it’s not good either.

None of us have complete control of the environment around us, but we are in control of our own actions. Recycling is one of the best and simplest ways we can individually make a positive impact on the environment.

All it takes is a little rearranging. Instead of one trash can in your kitchen, use two side by side. Trash goes in one and recyclables like soda cans, milk jugs, household paper, cereal boxes and so much more can go in a blue bag or container.

Then, when you make your weekly trip to one of the 10 convenience centers in the county, all you have to do is throw the trash bag in one bin and the recyclables in another.

Aside from being able to drop off regular household recyclables at convenience centers across the county, the Materials Recovery Facility in Clyde accepts more unusual items that can also be recycled. All you have to do is take the time to load up your lithium batteries, carpet, electronics, used cooking oil and more and drop it off. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Not only does recycling decrease the amount of trash in the landfill, it also helps to recover some of the money used to haul trash out to the landfill. Recycling costs the county next to nothing while trash costs the county $22.25 per ton, which adds up to a hefty expense to the county.

We’re all guilty of being ambivalent when it comes to taking the time to recycle, but is there any good excuse not to? Our county leaders are making the effort and it’s time we do the same.

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