New Paper Bag Mandate For Yard Waste Announced In Charlotte

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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.

 

 

Everything You Need To Know About The New Paper Bag Mandate For Yard Waste In Charlotte

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Comments (36)

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

Michael Jacobs hi Michael... while this, of course, is good for the environment, I suspect it's really about efficiency and manhours for yard waste pick up and processing. The environmental benefit is a by-product.

May 07, 2021 07:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox hi Joan... interestingly, this is a City of Charlotte mandate. The other six towns in the County have their own rules. I was surprised it wasn't a county-wide mandate.

May 07, 2021 07:10 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh how wonderful. Glad to see Charlotte joining the ranks of other cities who recognize we have to end plastics pollution. It can be a hassle to switch, but it will certainly pay off in the future. Thanks for sharing this news, Nina. 

May 07, 2021 07:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD hi Debb... I suspect that environmental issues were less of a movtivating factor in the ban on plastic bags than the financial benefit to the city in terms of handling yard waste. But at least the "by-product" is friendly to the environment. Makes it hard for people to argue against the ban.

May 07, 2021 08:36 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nina,  Did not know they made that large of paper bags and need to look into is,  I am all for it.  I still have my grocery clothes bags but have not handed them out yet till we ban grocery plastic bags.

May 07, 2021 09:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Will Hamm hi Will... these are special bags and you can find them on-line a Amazon.They are quite large, but probably not as large as the huge plastic bags.

May 07, 2021 09:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with area residents.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

May 07, 2021 09:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Roy... thank you for stopping by. Important information, for sure, or it will be a costly exercise for homeowners.

May 07, 2021 11:37 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Nina- Good for Charlotte!!!!  Anything that we can do to help cut down on what goes into our landfill helps!!!

May 07, 2021 12:59 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Interesting post Nina! Can't say that I have ever seen a paper bag that large enough to handle that

May 07, 2021 12:59 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... in reality, the reduction of what goes into landfills was probably secondary to reducing the manhours required to pick up and process yard waste in Charlotte. But it's better than nothing.

May 07, 2021 01:38 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Rocky Dickerson hi Rocky... the paper bags might not be 42 gallon bags the way plastic bags are, but they are still quite large.

May 07, 2021 01:38 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Nina I use my grass clipping for compost, so they go right back into the earth.  ☺️

May 07, 2021 03:33 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto good morning again, George... I know a lot of people do that. As my HOA fees include lawn maintenance I never have to deal with grass clippings. I like that!

May 08, 2021 04:05 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Getting rid of the plastic can only be a good product of this, but if it helps in other ways...Good for Charlotte and their agressiveness!

May 08, 2021 07:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 hi Sheila... I'm in total agreement with you. If it's better for the environment at less cost, let's do it!

May 08, 2021 07:37 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Nina Hollander, Broker ,

Good for Charlotte! If its better for the environment and easier to pick up at less cost it's a win/win!

May 24, 2021 05:22 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Nina,

We have the same rules in most jurisdictions around here.

May 24, 2021 05:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Dorie Dillard Austin TX hi Dorie... I have no pretensions that this was done for environmental purposes... really to save money. But if it helps the environment, who am I to complain?

May 24, 2021 06:55 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Dorte Engel hi Dorte... as far as I know... Charlotte still has no actual requirement to recycle... we just have rules for those who do choose to recycle.

May 24, 2021 06:57 AM
Dorte Engel

I meant a requirement to use brown paper bags, if you want your yard waste picked up. There is no requirement to put it out to the curb. Some people compost on their own property.

May 24, 2021 01:58 PM