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October 10, 2013



Many Catawba County residents will be able to recycle new items beginning on November 4, 2013. The expanded recycling is an important part of a new Solid Waste Franchise agreement with Republic Services approved by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners earlier in 2013.

“We’re very pleased with the benefits our citizens will receive from the new franchise, said Barry Edwards, Catawba County Director of Utilities & Engineering. “It allows us to substantially increase the number of items collected for recycling across Catawba County and begin “single stream” collection of recyclable commodities so recycled materials will no longer be required to be separated at curbside.”

New services and fees under the Franchise Agreement include:

• Republic Services will convert to a single stream recyclable collection by November 4, 2013.

• Use of a single stream will mean citizens will no longer be expected to separate different kinds of recyclable materials.

• Every current Republic residential recycling customer will be provided a 96 gallon cart for recyclables.

• Recyclable materials that will be accepted curbside, when the new single stream service begins, include:

 aluminum and steel cans

 clean aluminum foil

 newspapers with inserts

 magazines

 phone books, and paperback books

 mixed paper

 computer paper

 office and copier paper

 gift wrapping paper (without foil backing)

 junk mail envelopes (with or without windows)

 colored paper

 empty plastic bottles and containers (numbers 1-7)

 wide-mouth plastic containers

 rigid plastics

 milk and juice cartons and boxes

 cereal boxes

 pizza boxes and other food boxes that are free of food debris

 cardboard, gift boxes and shoeboxes

 all types and colors of glass bottles and jars

 empty aerosol cans, and other non-hazardous recyclable containers

Another new service offered by Catawba County is plastic bag recycling. Plastic bags may now be recycled at the County’s five Convenience Centers and at many major stores such as Bi-Lo, Food Lion, Lowe’s Foods, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Target and Wal-Mart. Residents should check with their local grocery store to see if it offers plastic bag recycling.

Standard Republic Services 96 gallon carts will be mandatory for both recycling and regular household waste because special trucks will be needed to provide automated single stream recyclables and waste collection. Because the new 96 gallon recycling carts are larger than the 18 gallon recycling bins used previously, recyclables will now be collected at curbside every other week.

Residential Curbside Waste Collection monthly fees:

Residential Recycler: $18.88 monthly (includes cart rental)

Non-Recycler: $24.33 monthly (includes cart rental)

Additional carts may be rented for $1.50 per month

Note: 96 gallon carts are mandatory for both recycling and garbage curbside service.

These new services and rates apply only in unincorporated areas of the county (outside cities and towns).

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners established the County’s fees, and as part of the exclusive solid waste management franchise, rates for services provided by Republic Services are also established during the annual County budget process and approved by the Board of Commissioners.

A comprehensive Residential Recycling Guide is available online with more information.

For more information on the new Solid Waste Franchise agreement or solid waste disposal in Catawba County, you may call Republic Services at 828-256-2158.