County and municipality recycling numbers show 5 percent increase from last year

Raleigh, NC

The state’s Recycling and Materials Management Section today released recycling numbers for all 100 counties and municipalities, showing a 5.3 percent increase in paper and container recycling as compared to the previous year. Local recycling programs collected more than 1.7 million tons of traditional and non-traditional materials last year.

“Recycling collection in North Carolina has expanded alongside increasing demand for recyclable material by in-state manufacturers,” said Wendy Worley, Recycling and Materials Management Section chief in the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service. “Counties and municipalities are targeting much more than paper, cans and plastics. There are so many more materials that can be recycled, like construction debris, wood and electronics, and kept from going into the landfill. This puts value-added material back into the North Carolina economy and preserves the state’s important natural resources.”

Recovery of paper and metal also has continued to rise. North Carolina recovered almost 27,000 more tons of paper than the previous year and 8,000 more tons of metal. Plastics and glass tonnages remained essentially unchanged. Counties that ranked higher have implemented programs to collect non-traditional materials, like asphalt singles, scrap metal, construction debris, electronics and wood waste.

Counties are ranked in two different ways: their total recycling of all materials and recycling of common household recyclables. In each case, data on the recovery of yard waste and tires is excluded from the totals because tire and yard waste generation can vary widely from year-to-year and by region.

The Recycling and Materials Management Section collects recycling and disposal data from local governments through an annual reporting cycle each year. It is used to profile public recycling efforts and measure the per capita recycling rates for each county in the state. The per capita recovery rate for common household recyclables helps compare the relative effectiveness of residential recycling services, while total recycling measures broader community efforts. Counties are then ranked based on their program performance.

A copy of the rankings for FY 2016-17 list is provided below.

The FY 2016-17 North Carolina Division of Waste Management Consolidated Annual Report,  https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/waste-management/sw/data/annual-reports, contains information on recycling and solid waste disposal throughout North Carolina. 

Total Public Recycling Per Capita Recovery

 

Common Household Recyclables Per Capita Recovery

Rank

County

Lbs./person

 

Rank

County

Lbs./person

1

IREDELL COUNTY

488.95

 

1

CATAWBA COUNTY

269.44

2

CATAWBA COUNTY

482.55

 

2

DARE COUNTY

226.31

3

PITT COUNTY

389.65

 

3

ORANGE COUNTY

220.74

4

ORANGE COUNTY

323.83

 

4

PITT COUNTY

196.61

5

MACON COUNTY

320.98

 

5

CURRITUCK COUNTY

188.60

6

BRUNSWICK COUNTY

303.78

 

6

WATAUGA COUNTY

177.00

7

DARE COUNTY

263.64

 

7

CABARRUS COUNTY

165.43

8

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

260.08

 

8

GUILFORD COUNTY

162.60

9

NEW HANOVER COUNTY

253.71

 

9

PAMLICO COUNTY

158.54

10

PASQUOTANK COUNTY

238.75

 

10

MECKLENBURG COUNTY

149.49

11

CURRITUCK COUNTY

238.56

 

11

MACON COUNTY

145.10

12

WATAUGA COUNTY

201.22

 

12

MCDOWELL COUNTY

143.41

13

FORSYTH COUNTY

194.97

 

13

BRUNSWICK COUNTY

138.40

14

ALEXANDER COUNTY

192.29

 

14

DURHAM COUNTY

137.28

15

MECKLENBURG COUNTY

183.29

 

15

CRAVEN COUNTY

136.49

16

SWAIN COUNTY

182.03

 

16

BUNCOMBE COUNTY

134.82

17

PAMLICO COUNTY

180.00

 

17

HAYWOOD COUNTY

128.53

18

CABARRUS COUNTY

174.89

 

18

TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY

128.32

19

GUILFORD COUNTY

170.93

 

19

ONSLOW COUNTY

124.37

20

BUNCOMBE COUNTY

161.50

 

20

WAKE COUNTY

121.84

21

HAYWOOD COUNTY

161.48

 

21

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY

121.48

22

CRAVEN COUNTY

155.04

 

22

ALLEGHANY COUNTY

120.65

23

MCDOWELL COUNTY

153.03

 

23

MOORE COUNTY

120.59

24

JACKSON COUNTY

150.37

 

24

SWAIN COUNTY

113.95

25

TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY

148.84

 

25

JACKSON COUNTY

109.62

26

GRANVILLE COUNTY

146.77

 

26

FORSYTH COUNTY

109.23

27

DURHAM COUNTY

146.04

 

27

NEW HANOVER COUNTY

107.33

28

MOORE COUNTY

144.62

 

28

POLK COUNTY

104.23

29

WAKE COUNTY

143.09

 

29

DAVIE COUNTY

101.41

30

ALLEGHANY COUNTY

139.38

 

30

LEE COUNTY

97.81

31

ONSLOW COUNTY

135.12

 

31

CHOWAN COUNTY

97.41

32

CAMDEN COUNTY

132.61

 

32

HENDERSON COUNTY

92.64

33

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY

130.63

 

33

ALAMANCE COUNTY

90.93

34

MADISON COUNTY

128.65

 

34

PENDER COUNTY

90.44

35

HENDERSON COUNTY

124.74

 

35

GASTON COUNTY

89.52

36

WILSON COUNTY

124.01

 

36

TYRRELL COUNTY

86.43

37

ASHE COUNTY

122.94

 

37

ALEXANDER COUNTY

85.98

38

CHOWAN COUNTY

122.32

 

38

MADISON COUNTY

85.65

39

POLK COUNTY

120.88

 

39

CARTERET COUNTY

80.38

40

LEE COUNTY

120.56

 

40

UNION COUNTY

79.96

41

LINCOLN COUNTY

113.73

 

41

PASQUOTANK COUNTY

79.59

42

DAVIE COUNTY

109.29

 

42

NASH COUNTY

76.65

43

CARTERET COUNTY

108.29

 

43

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

73.06

44

PENDER COUNTY

105.40

 

44

MARTIN COUNTY

69.95

45

ALAMANCE COUNTY

104.65

 

45

SURRY COUNTY

67.93

46

MARTIN COUNTY

104.08

 

46

CAMDEN COUNTY

67.66

47

PERQUIMANS COUNTY

101.01

 

47

CHATHAM COUNTY

67.09

48

GASTON COUNTY

99.21

 

48

GRANVILLE COUNTY

66.40

49

MITCHELL COUNTY

98.35

 

49

WILSON COUNTY

65.86

50

CHATHAM COUNTY

96.47

 

50

PERSON COUNTY

65.11

51

HYDE COUNTY

93.67

 

51

ASHE COUNTY

64.63

52

CLEVELAND COUNTY

93.29

 

52

PERQUIMANS COUNTY

64.55

53

NASH COUNTY

91.66

 

53

YADKIN COUNTY

63.89

54

TYRRELL COUNTY

91.25

 

54

IREDELL COUNTY

61.61

55

AVERY COUNTY

90.79

 

55

MITCHELL COUNTY

61.25

56

WAYNE COUNTY

90.56

 

56

SCOTLAND COUNTY

61.09

57

UNION COUNTY

86.76

 

57

HYDE COUNTY

60.13

58

PERSON COUNTY

83.31

 

58

DAVIDSON COUNTY

59.63

59

SURRY COUNTY

81.40

 

59

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

57.85

60

RUTHERFORD COUNTY

80.92

 

60

CLEVELAND COUNTY

57.67

61

CLAY COUNTY

78.91

 

61

WARREN COUNTY

57.66

62

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

77.78

 

62

RUTHERFORD COUNTY

56.19

63

YADKIN COUNTY

76.18

 

63

FRANKLIN COUNTY

54.16

64

CALDWELL COUNTY

75.70

 

64

CALDWELL COUNTY

52.06

65

DAVIDSON COUNTY

75.18

 

65

WILKES COUNTY

49.32

66

FRANKLIN COUNTY

74.23

 

66

ROWAN COUNTY

47.71

67

SCOTLAND COUNTY

72.33

 

67

WAYNE COUNTY

47.57

68

HERTFORD COUNTY

70.26

 

68

RANDOLPH COUNTY

46.99

69

YANCEY COUNTY

68.54

 

69

SAMPSON COUNTY

45.37

70

STANLY COUNTY

67.46

 

70

STANLY COUNTY

42.94

71

BLADEN COUNTY

64.88

 

71

BEAUFORT COUNTY

42.90

72

LENOIR COUNTY

64.01

 

72

YANCEY COUNTY

40.59

73

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

62.12

 

73

AVERY COUNTY

39.86

74

WARREN COUNTY

61.79

 

74

CLAY COUNTY

39.22

75

GATES COUNTY

59.56

 

75

LINCOLN COUNTY

38.28

76

BEAUFORT COUNTY

59.18

 

76

HALIFAX COUNTY

37.04

77

SAMPSON COUNTY

57.62

 

77

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

36.57

78

JOHNSTON COUNTY

56.45

 

78

JOHNSTON COUNTY

36.52

79

RANDOLPH COUNTY

53.42

 

79

GATES COUNTY

35.15

80

WILKES COUNTY

52.46

 

80

HERTFORD COUNTY

32.86

81

ROWAN COUNTY

50.53

 

81

LENOIR COUNTY

32.32

82

DUPLIN COUNTY

49.90

 

82

STOKES COUNTY

31.42

83

BURKE COUNTY

47.91

 

83

CHEROKEE COUNTY

31.22

84

HARNETT COUNTY

46.47

 

84

BLADEN COUNTY

30.08

85

STOKES COUNTY

43.67

 

85

EDGECOMBE COUNTY

28.14

86

CHEROKEE COUNTY

41.55

 

86

DUPLIN COUNTY

28.03

87

HALIFAX COUNTY

41.25

 

87

VANCE COUNTY

27.94

88

VANCE COUNTY

40.08

 

88

BURKE COUNTY

27.30

89

GRAHAM COUNTY

39.55

 

89

GRAHAM COUNTY

22.37

90

HOKE COUNTY

35.65

 

90

HARNETT COUNTY

21.46

91

ROBESON COUNTY

33.75

 

91

HOKE COUNTY

20.44

92

EDGECOMBE COUNTY

32.24

 

92

ROBESON COUNTY

19.65

93

RICHMOND COUNTY

29.89

 

93

GREENE COUNTY

16.27

94

COLUMBUS COUNTY

27.61

 

94

WASHINGTON COUNTY

14.71

95

WASHINGTON COUNTY

22.12

 

95

COLUMBUS COUNTY

14.48

96

GREENE COUNTY

19.69

 

96

RICHMOND COUNTY

9.68

97

ANSON COUNTY

19.00

 

97

JONES COUNTY

8.62

98

CASWELL COUNTY

14.12

 

98

CASWELL COUNTY

8.01

99

BERTIE COUNTY

11.95

 

99

BERTIE COUNTY

6.98

100

JONES COUNTY

10.84

 

100

ANSON COUNTY

5.38