(New Hanover County)—New Hanover County residents are encouraged to find out what really happens to recyclables on America Recycles Day. A program of Keep America Beautiful, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.
Tours will be offered to citizens at the New Hanover County Recycling Facility Thursday, Nov. 15. The facility will soon include a three-person sorting station housed in the shuttered Waste to Energy plant on US 421 North. Visitors will learn how the new sorting station will remove cans, bottles and other materials from the waste stream, while increasing revenue for the county’s environmental management services.
Public tours will be given to citizens at 9:00, 10:30, 12:30 and 2:00. Schools and other larger groups are asked to call ahead to reserve space.
· Every second, 12.5 pounds of waste is created in New Hanover County
· For every ton (2000 pounds) of paper recycled, 17 trees are saved
· It takes 90 percent less energy to recycle aluminum cans than making them from raw material
· Every day, U.S. papermakers recycle enough paper to fill a line of train boxcars 15 miles long
· The energy saved from recycling 1 glass bottle could operate a 100 watt light bulb for 4 hours
· During the 2010/2011 Fiscal year, the operating expense for the Recycling Division was $728,138 which was $72,081 under budget. The revenue earned for the baled materials, glass bottles and aluminum cans was $391,899. The volume of recyclable materials processed was 14,361,240 pounds which saved over 11,000 cubic yards of space at the landfill.
Residents countywide can see what materials can be recycled and where they can deposit their recyclables at these websites:
For more information, or to arrange a special tour, call Lynn Bestul, Recycling Manager, (910) 798-4410.