ROSE HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – Recycling can save the earth and as more things are able to be recycled the world of recycling is growing more complicated leading to the kind gesture costing recycling companies more money if it’s done incorrectly.
“Our plastics, cardboards, mixed paper, glass all that’s recyclable,” said Derrel Whaley, the manager of Duplin County Waste.
But it’s not that easy if it’s not properly done.
Duplin County Waste says many folks recycle thousands of pounds of waste, but often times it’s not properly prepared.
“Drink bottles, dish detergent bottles, your washing liquid bottles, but all this needs to be rinsed out,” said Whaley.
Contamination of recyclables can cost hundreds of dollars…and potentially turn companies away from recycle purchasers.
Whaley says taking an additional 30 seconds to rinse out an aluminum can will save your tax dollars in maintenance and freight costs.
“This is a dog food can actually you can see it, it was not rinsed out so therefore we need to get it taken out and dispose of it and this is a can that has been properly rinsed out and it’s ready for recycle,” said Whaley.
Otherwise, it’s considered contaminated, non-recyclable and has to be thrown away.
“It takes away from your profit when you have to go through and clean up behind recyclables.”
When it comes to recycling plastic bottles such as milk cartons, water bottles or soda simply taking the cap off a bottle like this can save you valuable tax dollars.
“You can pretty much recycle anything if you’ll take the time to prepare it for recycle,” said Whaley.
He says in Duplin County there are 15 different recycle stations within eight miles of each other.
County residents are paying 90 dollars a year for the services in their tax dollars.
“We encourage everybody, every family in the county to recycle and it saves a lot of money and helps the county throughout too,” said Whaley.
For a full list on what can be recycled and the process of how to prepare them, check out the link here: SWCOLLECTION_ENGLISH