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Posted on: September 12, 2019

[ARCHIVED] City of Sanford Joins Recycle Right NC Campaign

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The City of Sanford has joined the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service’s (NCDEACS) “Recycle Right NC” campaign to educate residents about the correct way to recycle household goods.

Recycling is a long-standing method of redirecting waste from landfills; however, many people add items to their carts that aren’t recyclable. This leads to contamination and increased cost. Recycling facilities must spend more time and money sorting out non-recyclables and the results still rarely meet international quality requirements – meaning no buyers.

Knowing what can – and what cannot – be recycled is vital to maintaining the City of Sanford’s recycling program and aiding North Carolina’s thriving recycling industry. Follow these guidelines for efficient, effective recycling:

  • Empty cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard are recyclable.  
  • Do not bag your recyclables.
  • Do not recycle plastic bags, cords, hoses, and other string-like items. 
  • Do not recycle hazardous items such as batteries, needles, sharp objects, and food residue.
  • Do not recycle Styrofoam cups and containers.
  • When in doubt, throw it out!

“We are thrilled to join forces with our neighbors to present a coordinated Recycle Right NC message,” says Mel Gilles, Recycling Education and Outreach Specialist for NCDEACS. “While there are subtle differences in what can be accepted in local recycling programs, we all have much more in common and hope that consistent messaging across the state will reduce confusion.”

More information about the City of Sanford’s recycling program is available here. For more information about the statewide Recycle Right NC campaign, go to

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