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Why aren’t city recycling bins as large as trash bins?

David Reynolds

Since the City of Wilmington recycles everything from glass bottles and aluminum cans to junk mail and phone books, some residents often have more items for recycling then they do trash, said City Spokeswoman Malissa Talbert.

So city officials have considered providing larger containers, but a change has proven too expensive in the current economy, she said.

But if residents put additional recyclables by the curb in their own container city workers will pick those up as well, Talbert said.

Residents don’t have to sort recyclables, she said, but must have them by the curb by 7:30 a.m. on pickup day.

The city’s free once-a-week recycling service is called SMART, Separate Materials and Recycle Together.

Fore more information on Wilmington’s recycling program visit: www.wilmingtonnc.gov/public_services/trash_recycling/recycling.aspx

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