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Watauga ranks 7th out of 100 counties in recycling

Article Published: Jun. 30, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Watauga ranks 7th out of 100 counties in recycling

Watauga County ranks seventh in the state for recycled materials recovery out of 100 total counties, according to a recent report released by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR).

Watauga County has ranked eighth and ninth, respectively, in the state for the two previous years.

"I would like to commend Watauga County for getting more material in recycling bins, since it is from the efforts of residents and businesses that we are doing so well with our program here," county recycling coordinator Lisa Doty said. "Recycling is a true economic and environmental solution, both locally and globally, as it is one of the few environmental actions that every single Watauga County resident can participate in and know it really does make a difference."

The total amount Watauga County recycled in FY 09-10 was 5,814 tons (256 pounds per capita recovery), compared to 5,419 tons (239 pounds per capita recovery) in FY 08-09. The totals include tonnage recycled by both the county and the town of Boone.

The county saw an increase in all materials collected in the county, but other factors that contributed to this increase in recycling include:

An increase in glass recovery with the new bunkers built by the county

An increase in electronics recovery

A large increase in plastic recycling

The new Town of Boone Recycling Center at Horn in the West

And a large increase of on-site recycling centers at multi-family housing units facilitated by the Coordinated Recycling Committee. (This committee is made up of the county, town and Appalachian State University recycling coordinators, as well as town council and county commissioner representatives and other community members.)

According to NCDENR, the disposal bans on plastic bottles, oil filters and wooden pallets that became effective Oct. 1, 2009 contributed significantly to the implementation of recovery programs and led to the highest recovery of plastic bottles and oil filters on record.

There are 10 convenience centers located in Watauga County, where residents can recycle glass, metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, pasteboard, batteries and compact fluorescent lights.

Rigid plastics, electronics, tires, white goods, oil, oil filters, lead-acid batteries and scrap metal are accepted for recycling at the main recycling center on Landfill Road .

The county also is providing more opportunities to recycle away from home at schools and parks and recreation locations and encourages residents to use these bins for cans and plastic bottles whenever possible.

For more information on recycling, locations and hours of operation for convenience centers in Watauga County, visit or call (828) 265-4852 or (828) 264-5305.

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