County And Municipality Recycling Numbers Show 5 Percent Increase From Last Year

Raleigh, NC – The state’s Recycling and Materials Management Section today released recycling numbers for all 100 counties and municipalities, showing a 5.3 percent increase in paper and container recycling as compared to the previous year. Local recycling programs collected more than 1.7 million tons of traditional and non-traditional materials last year.

“Recycling collection in North Carolina has expanded alongside increasing demand for recyclable material by in-state manufacturers,” said Wendy Worley, Recycling and Materials Management Section chief in the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service. “Counties and municipalities are targeting much more than paper, cans and plastics. There are so many more materials that can be recycled, like construction debris, wood and electronics, and kept from going into the landfill. This puts value-added material back into the North Carolina economy and preserves the state’s important natural resources.”

Recovery of paper and metal also has continued to rise. North Carolina recovered almost 27,000 more tons of paper than the previous year and 8,000 more tons of metal. Plastics and glass tonnages remained essentially unchanged. Counties that ranked higher have implemented programs to collect non-traditional materials, like asphalt singles, scrap metal, construction debris, electronics and wood waste.

Counties are ranked in two different ways: their total recycling of all materials and recycling of common household recyclables. In each case, data on the recovery of yard waste and tires is excluded from the totals because tire and yard waste generation can vary widely from year-to-year and by region.

The Recycling and Materials Management Section collects recycling and disposal data from local governments through an annual reporting cycle each year. It is used to profile public recycling efforts and measure the per capita recycling rates for each county in the state. The per capita recovery rate for common household recyclables helps compare the relative effectiveness of residential recycling services, while total recycling measures broader community efforts. Counties are then ranked based on their program performance.

A copy of the rankings for FY 2016-17 list is provided below.

The FY 2016-17 North Carolina Division of Waste Management Consolidated Annual Report,  https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/waste-management/sw/data/annual-reports, contains information on recycling and solid waste disposal throughout North Carolina.

Total Public Recycling Per Capita Recovery

Common Household Recyclables Per Capita Recovery

Rank

CountyLbs./person

Rank

CountyLbs./person

1

IREDELL COUNTY488.95

1

CATAWBA COUNTY269.44

2

CATAWBA COUNTY482.55

2

DARE COUNTY226.31

3

PITT COUNTY389.65

3

ORANGE COUNTY220.74

4

ORANGE COUNTY323.83

4

PITT COUNTY196.61

5

MACON COUNTY320.98

5

CURRITUCK COUNTY188.60

6

BRUNSWICK COUNTY303.78

6

WATAUGA COUNTY177.00

7

DARE COUNTY263.64

7

CABARRUS COUNTY165.43

8

CUMBERLAND COUNTY260.08

8

GUILFORD COUNTY162.60

9

NEW HANOVER COUNTY253.71

9

PAMLICO COUNTY158.54

10

PASQUOTANK COUNTY238.75

10

MECKLENBURG COUNTY149.49

11

CURRITUCK COUNTY238.56

11

MACON COUNTY145.10

12

WATAUGA COUNTY201.22

12

MCDOWELL COUNTY143.41

13

FORSYTH COUNTY194.97

13

BRUNSWICK COUNTY138.40

14

ALEXANDER COUNTY192.29

14

DURHAM COUNTY137.28

15

MECKLENBURG COUNTY183.29

15

CRAVEN COUNTY136.49

16

SWAIN COUNTY182.03

16

BUNCOMBE COUNTY134.82

17

PAMLICO COUNTY180.00

17

HAYWOOD COUNTY128.53

18

CABARRUS COUNTY174.89

18

TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY128.32

19

GUILFORD COUNTY170.93

19

ONSLOW COUNTY124.37

20

BUNCOMBE COUNTY161.50

20

WAKE COUNTY121.84

21

HAYWOOD COUNTY161.48

21

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY121.48

22

CRAVEN COUNTY155.04

22

ALLEGHANY COUNTY120.65

23

MCDOWELL COUNTY153.03

23

MOORE COUNTY120.59

24

JACKSON COUNTY150.37

24

SWAIN COUNTY113.95

25

TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY148.84

25

JACKSON COUNTY109.62

26

GRANVILLE COUNTY146.77

26

FORSYTH COUNTY109.23

27

DURHAM COUNTY146.04

27

NEW HANOVER COUNTY107.33

28

MOORE COUNTY144.62

28

POLK COUNTY104.23

29

WAKE COUNTY143.09

29

DAVIE COUNTY101.41

30

ALLEGHANY COUNTY139.38

30

LEE COUNTY97.81

31

ONSLOW COUNTY135.12

31

CHOWAN COUNTY97.41

32

CAMDEN COUNTY132.61

32

HENDERSON COUNTY92.64

33

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY130.63

33

ALAMANCE COUNTY90.93

34

MADISON COUNTY128.65

34

PENDER COUNTY90.44

35

HENDERSON COUNTY124.74

35

GASTON COUNTY89.52

36

WILSON COUNTY124.01

36

TYRRELL COUNTY86.43

37

ASHE COUNTY122.94

37

ALEXANDER COUNTY85.98

38

CHOWAN COUNTY122.32

38

MADISON COUNTY85.65

39

POLK COUNTY120.88

39

CARTERET COUNTY80.38

40

LEE COUNTY120.56

40

UNION COUNTY79.96

41

LINCOLN COUNTY113.73

41

PASQUOTANK COUNTY79.59

42

DAVIE COUNTY109.29

42

NASH COUNTY76.65

43

CARTERET COUNTY108.29

43

CUMBERLAND COUNTY73.06

44

PENDER COUNTY105.40

44

MARTIN COUNTY69.95

45

ALAMANCE COUNTY104.65

45

SURRY COUNTY67.93

46

MARTIN COUNTY104.08

46

CAMDEN COUNTY67.66

47

PERQUIMANS COUNTY101.01

47

CHATHAM COUNTY67.09

48

GASTON COUNTY99.21

48

GRANVILLE COUNTY66.40

49

MITCHELL COUNTY98.35

49

WILSON COUNTY65.86

50

CHATHAM COUNTY96.47

50

PERSON COUNTY65.11

51

HYDE COUNTY93.67

51

ASHE COUNTY64.63

52

CLEVELAND COUNTY93.29

52

PERQUIMANS COUNTY64.55

53

NASH COUNTY91.66

53

YADKIN COUNTY63.89

54

TYRRELL COUNTY91.25

54

IREDELL COUNTY61.61

55

AVERY COUNTY90.79

55

MITCHELL COUNTY61.25

56

WAYNE COUNTY90.56

56

SCOTLAND COUNTY61.09

57

UNION COUNTY86.76

57

HYDE COUNTY60.13

58

PERSON COUNTY83.31

58

DAVIDSON COUNTY59.63

59

SURRY COUNTY81.40

59

MONTGOMERY COUNTY57.85

60

RUTHERFORD COUNTY80.92

60

CLEVELAND COUNTY57.67

61

CLAY COUNTY78.91

61

WARREN COUNTY57.66

62

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY77.78

62

RUTHERFORD COUNTY56.19

63

YADKIN COUNTY76.18

63

FRANKLIN COUNTY54.16

64

CALDWELL COUNTY75.70

64

CALDWELL COUNTY52.06

65

DAVIDSON COUNTY75.18

65

WILKES COUNTY49.32

66

FRANKLIN COUNTY74.23

66

ROWAN COUNTY47.71

67

SCOTLAND COUNTY72.33

67

WAYNE COUNTY47.57

68

HERTFORD COUNTY70.26

68

RANDOLPH COUNTY46.99

69

YANCEY COUNTY68.54

69

SAMPSON COUNTY45.37

70

STANLY COUNTY67.46

70

STANLY COUNTY42.94

71

BLADEN COUNTY64.88

71

BEAUFORT COUNTY42.90

72

LENOIR COUNTY64.01

72

YANCEY COUNTY40.59

73

MONTGOMERY COUNTY62.12

73

AVERY COUNTY39.86

74

WARREN COUNTY61.79

74

CLAY COUNTY39.22

75

GATES COUNTY59.56

75

LINCOLN COUNTY38.28

76

BEAUFORT COUNTY59.18

76

HALIFAX COUNTY37.04

77

SAMPSON COUNTY57.62

77

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY36.57

78

JOHNSTON COUNTY56.45

78

JOHNSTON COUNTY36.52

79

RANDOLPH COUNTY53.42

79

GATES COUNTY35.15

80

WILKES COUNTY52.46

80

HERTFORD COUNTY32.86

81

ROWAN COUNTY50.53

81

LENOIR COUNTY32.32

82

DUPLIN COUNTY49.90

82

STOKES COUNTY31.42

83

BURKE COUNTY47.91

83

CHEROKEE COUNTY31.22

84

HARNETT COUNTY46.47

84

BLADEN COUNTY30.08

85

STOKES COUNTY43.67

85

EDGECOMBE COUNTY28.14

86

CHEROKEE COUNTY41.55

86

DUPLIN COUNTY28.03

87

HALIFAX COUNTY41.25

87

VANCE COUNTY27.94

88

VANCE COUNTY40.08

88

BURKE COUNTY27.30

89

GRAHAM COUNTY39.55

89

GRAHAM COUNTY22.37

90

HOKE COUNTY35.65

90

HARNETT COUNTY21.46

91

ROBESON COUNTY33.75

91

HOKE COUNTY20.44

92

EDGECOMBE COUNTY32.24

92

ROBESON COUNTY19.65

93

RICHMOND COUNTY29.89

93

GREENE COUNTY16.27

94

COLUMBUS COUNTY27.61

94

WASHINGTON COUNTY14.71

95

WASHINGTON COUNTY22.12

95

COLUMBUS COUNTY14.48

96

GREENE COUNTY19.69

96

RICHMOND COUNTY9.68

97

ANSON COUNTY19.00

97

JONES COUNTY8.62

98

CASWELL COUNTY14.12

98

CASWELL COUNTY8.01

99

BERTIE COUNTY11.95

99

BERTIE COUNTY6.98

100

JONES COUNTY10.84

100

ANSON COUNTY5.38