State cracks down on plastic in landfills

Recycling logoTomorrow, it will be illegal to dump plastic bottles into North Carolina landfills.  The new law – passed in 2005 – also bans wooden pallets and oil filters from reaching landfills.

A press release from the city of Greensboro, N.C. says almost four of every five plastic soda containers, water bottles, milk jugs and detergent bottles — almost 288 million pounds of plastic — are thrown away in North Carolina every year. Recycling all the plastic bottles used in the state would keep more than 2.4 billion plastic bottles out of landfills annually.

Seems like  North Carolina’s  ahead of the crowd. They already ban scrap rubber and aluminum cans from the solid waste stream. This new law is designed to promote increased recycling and to boost the state’s recycling industry.

Definitely a step in the right direction. Wonder who’s next to jump on this bandwagon?