NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - For some New Hanover County residents, recycling last year was filled with frustration, lack of space, and some lack of county planning, but it looks like 2009 recycling may be off to a much cleaner start.
Last year WECT reported recycling woes and difficulties for county residents the day after Christmas.
Now, it looks like the county has addressed last year's concerns.
Studies show there's a 25 percent increase in waste discarded from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.
One year ago, that was certainly the case at the recycling center on Carolina Beach Road.
The bins were filled to capacity, and trash covered the ground on both sides of the bins. The county recycling trucks never came.
Folks at the recycling center remember last year like it was yesterday.
"I had to bring some of the things back with me last year and come back later in the week," said New Hanover County resident Joe Boncezk.
"It was bulging at the seems and it was all over the ground," resident William Wright said.
This year, the bins aren't bulging, the ground is walkable, and according to county officials, the trucks are out picking up the trash.
One county resident says he's just happy to see people are caring for the environment.
When the WECT team left the drop-off center around 6:30 Friday evening, most of the bins were starting to fill up. The Carolina Beach Road location is one of seven drop off centers in the county.