Recycle It Right In Charlotte/Mecklenburg! Save Tax Payer Dollars!

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty

 

Mecklenburg County Recycling Centers Overrun With Non-Recyclable Items!

 

Recycle It Right In Charlotte/Mecklenburg! Save Tay Payer Dollars!

 

Did you know that it's costing Mecklenburg County more than $1.8 million annually to clean up non-recyclables? An awful lot of man hours are spent sorting out the unrecyclables from the recyclables. And it's the tax payers who are footing this bill. That's all of us who live in Charlotte, Pineville, Davidson, Matthews, Mint Hill, Cornelius, Huntersville in Mecklenburg County. Let's all get behind recycling right and save our tax payer dollars for really important things!

 

Need a refresher on what should and shouldn't be placed in recycling bins at your home? See below:

 

What to recycle in Charlotte/Mecklenburg

 

 

What not to recycle in Charlotte/Mecklenburg

 

To recycle items that don't go into the recycling bins, click here for information about Mecklenburg County's Full Service Drop-Off Centers.

 

 
 
 

 

 

This information about the Do's and Don'ts of recycling in Charlotte/Mecklenburg is provided by Nina Hollander with Coldwell Banker Realty, your Greater Charlotte area residential real estate experts and fellow Charlotte/Mecklenburg tax payers. We've been opening doors for Charlotte region home buyers and sellers for 20+ years.

 

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Comments (38)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Will Hamm hi Will... at the end of the day, recycling is not brain surgery. One would think people would pay a bit more attention.

May 04, 2021 08:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Rocky Dickerson hi Rocky... here in Meck County they at least make an effort to sort out unrecyclable items even if it is expensive. I know that in some areas if the recycling bin includes the wrong items, nothing gets recycled. It all goes into a land fill with regular trash.

May 04, 2021 09:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Nina- what a good reminder what can and cannot go in a recycle bin!!!  Our recycle bin often has as much in it as our trash can. 

May 04, 2021 10:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... I've found that many weeks our recycling bin is fuller than the normal trash bin.

May 04, 2021 10:45 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Good to know-what goes where-when it comes to recycling Nina Hollander, Broker. Thanks for the reminder! 

May 04, 2021 11:07 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! hi Wanda... I'm sure each municipality has its own quirks for recycling, but some things I'm sure are pretty universal.

May 04, 2021 11:47 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, great post to give homeowners the do's and don't when it comes to recycling! 

May 04, 2021 01:03 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox hi Joan... I'm all about recycling, but it really made me see red when I saw how much of our tax dollars were being spent to clean up after people who can't be bothered to do it right.

May 04, 2021 02:22 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina that is a lot of money.  You would think by now people would know what is recyclable or not.

May 04, 2021 04:06 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

When my county began curbside recycling back in 1990, the customer sorted the recycling into 3 bins. The result was a clean product that was rejected at the curb if not done correctly. We had a 70% participation rate. The county told the recycling haulers they wanted more participation. What resulted was the one bin automated system and no more clean product. This caused the haulers to have loads rejected because of food contamination and just plain garbage. 

What a debacle...

May 04, 2021 04:14 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina we have regular trash bins, then we have recycle bins and we have the green bucket for anything that comes from the garden.... Now I will have to check about shredded paper and plastic bags in my area.... Just on a side note the cans, metal,glass aluminum or plastic never make it by the time the trucks come because we have an army of scavengers who pick the recycle bin since each one is worth  5c or 10c ....at the recycling place, Endre

May 04, 2021 10:23 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Nina.

My wife is big into recycling.  We have our bin on the curbside every week for pickup

May 05, 2021 12:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto good morning, George. People can simply print these instructions and tape them to the top of their bin... easy peasy!

May 05, 2021 04:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS good morning, Paul... what seems like a good idea often ends up not being so good... I've heard this about a lot of places that decided to combine recyclables in one bin.

May 05, 2021 04:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Endre Barath, Jr. hi Endre... that's what used to happen in NYC with soda cans... returning those would pay 5 cents a can, so people scavenged those. But not other glass or jars. Here in Charlotte I don't know that anyone can get money to recycle such items, so they are left alone.

May 05, 2021 04:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

James Dray hi James... NY City began recycling back in the 1980's... so I was trained to do so early on. Here in Charlotte, as far as I know, there is still no requirement to recycle.  Our recycling is picked up every two weeks and regular trash weekly.

May 05, 2021 04:30 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Our recycling is only accepting corrugated cardboard and cans now. They stopped all other recycling. So sad to put so much more in the trash than we used to. 

May 05, 2021 12:38 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sharon Tara hi Sharon... I suspect it's because people were recycling the wrong things and it was costing alot to deal with the problem. I've heard this has happened in quite a number of municipalities.

May 06, 2021 04:26 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - Recyling is a serious topic. Everyone needs to do their part and stop the overcrowded landfills. Why should municipalities create new landfills and tax people when responsibility and accountability for recycling right the first time is the best way to create clean cities and save money. 

May 06, 2021 05:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP hi Patricia... I suspect that is a question that will be hard to answer. So many people really are too lazy to do their part, however small.

May 06, 2021 10:34 AM