Presentation on theme: "Scott Mouw NC DEAO. Signs of Progress Recycling has helped reduce disposed tonnage in North Carolina by 2.4 million tons since 2007, a decline of 20 percent."— Presentation transcript:
Signs of Progress Recycling has helped reduce disposed tonnage in North Carolina by 2.4 million tons since 2007, a decline of 20 percent. Disposal in landfills has remained flat even as the economy has recovered. Recycling of large waste streams (e.g., C&D and good waste) is on the rise. 40 percent increase in local program recovery of paper and container materials since 2006. Plastic bottle recycling has increased from 18,000 to over 36,000 tons/year in five years.
Paper and Container Material Recovery by NC Local Govts 3
The number of curbside recycling programs has increased 50 percent since 2008
MRFs Serving North Carolina 8 New MRF since 2008 MRF revamped/modernized since 2008 Other Existing MRFs
Difference in Performance: Average Bin-based program: 247/household/year Average Cart-based programs: 445/household/year Since 2008, increase of 13 million gallons of home recycling capacity DEAO Cart Grantees have increased collection by over 15,000 tons per year.
Conversion to Carts: All major cities and most medium-size towns now using carts Startup of new programs in medium-sized and small towns (some very small) How Does NC Stack Up? Penetration of Carts in Curbside Programs
Improving Supply Efficiency: Hubs & Spokes = accessible single stream MRF = transferring county = good candidates for transfer Transfer of Recyclables
Internal Hub and Spoke: Moore County Transfer out to Pratt MRF in Fayetteville. = Single stream convenience collection = Single stream transfer station Three busiest and most remote sites now using compactors. Doubling of recycling tons 75% reduction in travel time; repurposing of containers; two more site moving to compactors
Swap Shop & Oil Shed Aluminum & Steel Can Bin Plastics Cardboard Glass Mixed Paper Newspaper Scrap Metal Bulky TrashTrash Pre-Crusher Trash Compactor Office Cooking Oil & Electronics The Convenience Center of the Past
Convenience Center of the Future Image credit: Resource Recycling Systems
Images of Recycling Investments in NC Abbey Green C&D Processing, Winston-Salem Envision Plastics, Reidsville Greenway Recycling, Concord Green Pieces, Albemarle
Reflective Recycling Dannys Dumpster Benfield Sanitation MRF Images of Recycling Investments in NC
Shingle Recycling Locations in 2011 Shingle Recycling Locations in 2012 Shingle Recycling at R2R Shingle Grinding at Greenville Paving
Carts and Wheels Major cart manufacturers located in NC Roll Tech in Hickory, NC, makes wheels with recycled HDPE and tire rubber from NC recyclers. Curbside cart programs collecting more HDPE. HDPE comes back to Roll Tech to make new wheels to make new carts to go to more NC communities. = Cart manufacturer = Curbside cart community = Roll Tech = MRF = Plastics Reclaimer
Other Encouraging Trends Cooking Oil Recycling Program in Asheville Agricultural Plastics Mercury Lamp Collection in Watauga County Mattress Recycling
Food Waste: The Challenge Ahead Food waste recovery growing in various settings Orange County starting first residential drop-off program More work to do to grow collection and receiving facilities Composting at ASU McGill Environmental Full Circle Brooks Contractors
State Plan DENR beginning to develop new 10 year state plan. Preliminary focus is on increasing material recovery Details will be become available in early summer
Trends, Concerns, and Random Thoughts Zero waste to landfill gaining steam amongst manufacturers The rise of single stream front-loading service? The glass conundrum – little material value for a valuable material. Management of CRTs - when we will hit the collection peak Meeting demand for plastics bottles Marrying up food waste and recycling collection.
Carolinas Plastic Bottle Recycling Capacity Vs Local Supply (in lbs.) NC Plastic Bottle Recycling – Improvement with Room to Grow (in tons)
Challenges Ahead Governors current budget includes reduction in funding to Solid Waste Trust Fund from $4 million/year to $2.4 million/year Will limit and possibly eliminate some grant programs What future policies make the most sense in a materials management kind of world? Will they entail some shifts in responsibilities?
Scott Mouw NC DEAO Scott.email@example.com 919-707-8114