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Where can I find answers to specific questions about what can and can’t be recycled?

Casey McAnarney

Q. Where would I go to find answers to specific questions about recycling ie. can you recycle boxes with shiny finishes, are plastic bags which have labels on them (bread for example)recyclable, are jar lids (jams, jelly, cokes) recyclable? Is there a website which will answer these and other questions?

A. Lists of products possible to recycle in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties are listed on the individual government websites.

For instance, New Hanover County has a website that provides a list of information on products that can and cannot be recycled. Pender County has a website with near identical information and Brunswick County even provides a downloadable online brochure with their list of information.

Corrugated cardboard, or the boxes with shiny finishes, can be recycled so long as it is flattened like all other cardboard products. These “old corrugated cardboard” boxes can be taken and reused. OCC is a material processed often.

With jar lids, leave the lids on because these lids can be broken down and reused. Remove the lids and rinse out the jar or bottle before putting the lid back on to recycle.

There is no market for plastic films or bags. This is due to the bags wrapping around the machines during processing and creating unnecessary downtime to unwrap them.

Take these bags to the grocery store; they will take the bags directly to a recycling mill instead of going through the transfer station. This includes bread bags, newspaper bags, and wrappings for toilet paper and paper towels.

For more information, you may contact the following telephone numbers.

New Hanover County: 910-798-4400

Brunswick County: 910-253-2520

Pender County: 910-762-7563

User-contributed question by:
Carol Radford

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2 Responses to “ Where can I find answers to specific questions about what can and can’t be recycled?”

  1. On August 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm carol radford wrote:

    Thank you so much for answering my ??? and giving me followup information…check the New Hanover County phone number listed for followups, the last digit is missing.

    Carol Radford

  2. On August 30, 2016 at 1:07 pm Si Cantwell wrote:

    Sorry about that — It’s been updated with another zero at the end. Thanks for letting us know!

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