Reboot Charlotte: Recycle Reboot In The QC
How much a city recycles matters, especially when it comes to our commitment to renewable energy. As the QC redefines itself with the energy sector as part of its foundation, recycling is key and it wasn't long ago that recycling needed some major overhaul.
A year ago we went from collecting recyclables in small red bins to this...mega roll out containers just for recyclables. County wide we went from collecting 60 thousand tons of recyclables in a year to 70 thousand tons. Joe Hack of Mecklenburg County Solid Waste says "tonnage in this facility has gone up dramatically, 20 percent increase is a big number in the solid waste field, we're also diverting materials from landfills and preserving long term disposal capacity and being More environmentally friendly." That's 14 thousand tons that did not get thrown away, taking up precious and limited space.
Rebooting the recycling system was not easy, re-outfitting this place cost seven million dollars. But that is what elected leaders say we needed to do to take recycling to the next level. Charlotte City Councilman Edwin Peacock says "recycling is the most tangible piece that a citizen of Charlotte gets involved with as it relates to the environment." As a city councilman and chairman of the city's environmental committee, Edwin Peacock is on the leading edge of efforts to 'go green.' Rebooting the recycle system he says was key.
Recycling right now is profitable. The market for materials is strong. All this helps to pay for solid waste services in the city and county. Most recycled products are shipped to processors, but insulation from newspapers is made right here. This is sustainability, renewable energy, this is proof of the recycle ReBoot.
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