The Outer Banks Voice – Nags Head to tackle recycling at Feb. 5 meeting

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Nags Head to tackle recycling at Feb. 5 meeting

By Outer Banks Voice on February 1, 2020

(Town of Nags Head)

About a month after learning that its residential recycling hauler was not adhering to terms of the contract, the Town of Nags Head will explore the idea of amending that contract at next Wednesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

A Feb. 1 post on the town’s Facebook page announced that the issue of changing the contract with Bay Disposal is on the agenda for the Feb. 5 meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. It invited town residents to learn more about what can and can’t be recycled.

The Facebook posting recalled that, “In a January 7, 2020 meeting, Bay Disposal of Norfolk, Virginia said that Nags Head’s recyclables were being transported to a waste-to-energy facility in Portsmouth, Virginia. There, the waste is used as a local fuel to generate renewable electricity for a utility. In addition, this facility also provides steam to help meet the needs of the U.S. Navy’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Town’s contract with Bay Disposal, LLC., in Norfolk, VA, effective from May 1, 2019 until December 1, 2022, expressly stipulates that no more than 10% by weight of all collected recyclable materials is to be taken to the landfill and/or incinerated without the Town’s permission.”

Adding that “the market for recyclables has been negatively impacted by China’s decision to stop taking America’s recyclables,” the town warned that, “Local governments throughout the United States are revisiting, and sometimes suspending, their recycling programs due to exorbitant cost increases.”

Citing the “declining market value for recyclables, as well as contamination of the recycling stream,” the town advised that “Many recyclables collected through the curbside recycling program have no value in the current recycling market, and when coupled with improper contaminants introduced to the recycling stream…the cost to process the materials collected increases significantly, while much of the non-recyclable materials find their way into landfills or waste-to-energy plants.”

In a message to residents, the statement said that, “We encourage you to learn what you can and cannot recycle, and to always only place recyclable items into your blue carts or communal recycling containers and dumpsters.”



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