RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender County rank among the top recycling counties in the state according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Public recycling programs have helped reduce the per-capita rate for solid waste disposal in North Carolina to its lowest levels since measurement began in 1991.
These recycling programs help divert waste that would typically go to disposal and returns it to the state's recycling economy.
The state measures recycling rates in two different categories; common household recyclables and total public recycling.
Common household recyclables helps measure the effectiveness of residential recycling efforts. Total public recycling helps measure broader community efforts to recycle.
Brunswick County ranks 9th in total public recycling and 5th in common household recyclables. New Hanover County ranks 13th and 11th respectively. Pender County ranks 27th and 24th respectively.
Bladen, Duplin, and Columbus County rank among the least effective recycling counties in the state.
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