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Greensboro Kicks Off “Recycle More, Save More” on January 1
Posted Date: 12/20/2012 3:00 PM

The City of Greensboro kicks off its new “Recycle More, Save More” campaign on January 1, 2013. This campaign focuses on increased community outreach and education with a goal of increasing Greensboro’s recycling amounts. The campaign is part of a new five-year contract with ReCommunity, the company that handles Greensboro’s recyclables. The contract provides increased revenue for Greensboro’s recyclables, so the more residents recycle, the more money the City receives.

Greensboro currently accepts plastic bottles and jugs, glass jars and bottles, all aluminum, tin and steel cans, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office/school/computer paper, cardboard, chipboard and hard plastics. Read more at www.greensboro-nc.gov/Recyclables.

And, beginning January 1, residents will also be able to recycle:

  • All plastics #1-7 (includes yogurt and dairy containers)
  • Pizza boxes
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Pots and pans

This year, Greensboro residents recycled 28,500 tons of materials through the City’s curbside program, but also threw away more than 10,000 tons of items that could have been recycled.

“Under our new contract, that’s roughly $300,000 worth of recyclable materials that ended up in a landfill,” said Dale Wyrick, director of the City’s Field Operations department. “The City receives income from the sale of recyclable items, so the more items our residents recycle, the more money Greensboro gets to provide services that benefit our entire community.” 

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The City works with the community to improve the quality of life for residents through inclusion, diversity, and trust. As the seventh largest employer in Greensboro, the City has a professional staff of about 3,000 employees who maintain the values of honesty, integrity, stewardship, and respect. The City is governed by a council-manager form of government with a mayor and eight council members. For more information on the City, visit www.greensboro-nc.gov or call 373-CITY (2489).