More Charlotte residents are recycling

CHARLOTTE – In July, Charlotte residents began using the city’s improved residential single-stream recycling program, Recycle It!

The city’s Solid Waste Services department made several changes to the program, including a 96-gallon, wheeled cart and the addition of several materials to the approved list of items accepted for recycling.

Staff noted a 22-percent increase in tons collected in July compared to July 2009 and a 37-percent increase in tons collected in August when compared to August 2009.

Approximately 53 percent of all households are setting recyclables out for collection, up from 42 percent in October 2009.

Solid Waste Services also is working with Mecklenburg County Solid Waste and Coca-Cola to implement the Recycle and Win – Bigger and Better campaign, an extension of the Recycle and Win partnership that ended earlier this year.

During the six-month promotion beginning Nov. 1, approximately 175 Charlotte residents will receive $100 Harris Teeter gift cards for correctly recycling. Households can participate by placing a special sticker on their recycling carts or bins. The city will mail information about the program to city residents.

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