Recycle It Right In Charlotte
New Ban On Plastic Bags For Yard Waste In Charlotte Announced
As an update to my post earlier this week about the Do's and Don't's of Recycling in Charlotte/Mecklenburg, comes a new directive from the City of Charlotte Waste Services Department. Effective July 5th, 2021, Charlotte City is mandating the use of compostable paper bags or reusable personal containers no larger than 32-gallons for yard waste collection. (Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, small limbs and brush.) The use of plastic bags, including compostable plastic bags, after July 5th will incur a minimum $150 fine for the household after a first warning.
You can purchase paper yard bags and reusable personal containers no larger than 32-gallons at hardware and home improvement stores and online. Only compostable, paper yard waste bags will be accepted. Absolutely no compostable plastic bags allowed!
Beginning July 5th, a limited supply of free paper bags will be available for pick up at Charlotte Solid Waste Services’ office (1105 Otts Street) and at any of the Mecklenburg County full-service recycling centers.
With yard waste increasing some 30% in the past five years, this new requirement to use compostable paper yard waste bags will allow speedier and more timely pick-up of yard waste throughout the city, as well as help the environment with a major reduction in use of plastic.