Modernized, Interactive Recycling Markets Directory Helps Keep Recyclable Materials Out of the Landfill

The Recycling Markets Directory has been relaunched with interactive features to help North Carolina businesses and organizations recycle the material they generate by connecting them with nearby recyclers.

Author: Laura J. Leonard

The Recycling Markets Directory has been relaunched with interactive features to help North Carolina businesses and organizations recycle the material they generate by connecting them with nearby recyclers.

The directory was created to allow businesses and organizations to search by material and find a list of companies who recycle that material. The Department of Environmental Quality has hosted the Recycling Markets Directory for decades, and staff had ideas to improve the interface and functionality but needed an upgraded software platform.

The Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Services’ Recycling Program staff worked with the Department of Information Technology to overhaul and relaunch the directory with modernized, interactive features such as:

  • a new mapping feature to locate nearby recycling markets,
  • the ability to download a PDF of search results for a particular material, and
  • the ability for recyclers to self-list in the directory and update their company information.

The directory now includes 657 recycling companies – 551 of which are in North Carolina. It features a variety of recycling companies including haulers, processors, brokers and manufacturers. Users can search from a list of 190 specific materials to find companies able to recycle them.  

The result: less material in the landfill and progress in advancing the state’s circular economy.

The relaunched Recycling Markets Directory also received one of six “Best of North Carolina” awards announced last week by the N.C. Department of Information Technology.

See what it’s all about at: https://recyclingmarkets.deq.nc.gov/.

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