Some New Hanover County residents want curbside recycling

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - People living in the city of Wilmington are able to place their recycling goods on the side of the road and have a truck come pick them up, but others in New Hanover County still don't have that privilege.

"I'd still like to get some curbside recycling in the county," said New Hanover County resident Joe Bonczek.

County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield agrees.

"For me, the convenience of having the ability to walk to the end of the street, put my recycling goods out, versus getting into my car and driving to a particular site...the benefit outweighs the cost," said Barfield.

On the other hand, some residents say they don't mind hopping into their cars to recycle, and they don't want to have to pay a pick-up fee.

"Honestly, I don't think it's a hassle at all. The way I look at it, I bring more here than I put in the trash can. It's crazy to me that people don't recycle to have to drive five minutes down the road to take it," said resident David Ager.

"It's a good family outing. I brought everyone out here with me. They all get to partake in learning how to clean up the community and do the right thing by recycling," said New Hanover County resident Jason Burke.

According to Barfield, county commissioners are expected to have a work session on the recycling issue at the beginning of the new year.

Barfield says that there would be a small fee for residents living in the county if curbside recycling would become available.