NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – In a specially called meeting on Friday, the Craven County Board of Commissioners reversed its April 15, 2019 decision to not renew its curbside recycling program.
Previously, Commissioners had voted to not renew the county’s curbside recycling pickup contract with Waste Industries after the new fiscal year begins on July 1, 2019, because they didn’t want to burden Craven County taxpayers with increasing recycling collection costs.
However, after many citizens demanded that curbside recycling pickup services continue, Commissoiners decided to renew the curbside recycling program with Waste Industries for the next 5 years, with some changes.
Starting in the new fiscal year on July 1, 2019, residents will see an increase in their recycling fee to a total of $56-$60 per-household, added to their annual tax bill, to cover Waste Industries’ increased collection fees. Each household will receive a 95-gallon rolling container with a lid, specifically to put recyclables in, which will be picked up weekly by Waste Industries.
E.T. Mitchell, a Craven County Commissioner, said, “The Board of Commissioners wants to be responsive. I am so glad so many in the community support environmentally friendly policies.”
Craven County’s curbside recycling program accepts aluminum cans, newspapers with inserts, clear/green/brown glass, #1 PETE clear plastic, #2 HDPE natural plastic, rigid plastic bottles with the neck smaller than the body of the container (except motor oil and pesticide containers), corrugated cardboard cut down to no larger than 2’ x 3’ and steel/tin cans.
For more details or questions about Craven County’s trash and recycling services, call Craven County Solid Waste and Recycling at 252-636-6659, or visit www.CravenCountyNC.gov.