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Watauga Starts New "Rigid Plastics" Recycling July 1st PDF Print
Written by Lisa Doty   
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 03:58


Watauga County will begin accepting non-bottle rigid plastics for recycling on July 1, 2010 at the Old Landfill Convenience Center  on Landfill Road (off Hwy. 421, behind Nissan dealership).  There will be a separate container for the rigid plastic material ONLY, as rigid plastics must be kept separate from plastic bottles.   Rigid plastics will not be accepted for recycling at other convenience centers.  Plastic bottles and other #1 and #2 plastics will continue to be accepted at all convenience centers located throughout the county.


“The new rigid plastic recycling program will expand recycling opportunities available to Watauga County residents, further reduce the amount of material being buried in the landfill, reduce fossil fuel consumption and provide the material to make new products such as pipe, flower pots, buckets and other industrial or consumer goods,” said Watauga County Recycling Coordinator Lisa Doty. “We will continue to collect plastic bottles and other #1 and #2 plastics at all of the convenience centers.”


Rigid plastics are not bottles and can not be collected with plastic bottles. (Bottles must be recycled in the appropriate containers at the convenience centers.  Do not put plastic bottles in the “rigid plastic” container).  Metal handles, axles, etc. must be removed.  The metal can be recycled in the scrap metal area at the Recycling Center.  All items should be clean and any lose soil, dirt, etc. removed.  Rigid plastics that will be accepted for recycling include:


· Plastic buckets - NO metal handles

· Plastic milk/soda crates

· Plastic laundry baskets

· Plastic lawn furniture

· Plastic landscape items such as edging

· Microwave trays and yogurt containers

· Plastic totes- any size NO metal

· Plastic drums- any size Food Grade ONLY, No chemical containers

· Plastic pet carriers - No Metal

· Plastic pallets

· Plastic coolers

· Plastic shelving

· Plastic closet organizers

· Plastic dish drainers

· Plastic flower pots -- No soil

· Empty garbage cans- any size - No Metal

· Plastic waste baskets

· 5 gallon water bottles

Do NOT include: plastic bottles (recycle those in containers provided at convenience centers), plastic bags (recycle these at local grocery stores or the following:

· PVC Pipe/Tubing

· Vinyl Siding

· Plastic Film (Grocery bags & Stretch film)

· Styrofoam

· Flexible Water Hoses

· Hazardous Material

· Medical Waste

Rigid plastics must be brought to the Old Landfill Convenience Center, located on Landfill Road (off Highway 421, behind the Nissan Dealership).  Hours of Operation are Mon. – Fri. 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Please call 265-4852 or 264-5305 for more information or with any questions about what can/can not be recycled.



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