Haywood County is dedicated to sustainability!
In January 2008, the Board of County Commissioners approved the county's first Sustainability Plan to encourage and educate our employees to take practical, measurable steps to reduce waste, reuse products and recycle materials by the daily choices our employees make. Our mission is to openly communicate our environmental practices and performances as part of an ongoing dialogue with the business community and our citizens to foster a county-wide commitment to best practices to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Just look at the products Haywood County has started accepting for recycling since the fall of 2008:
Bring your old television sets to the Haywood County Materials Recovery Facility in Clyde anytime during normal operating hours. The glass will be crushed so the lead can be taken out, and all the plastic and electronics will be recycled.
Bring your used cooking oil to any of our 10 convenience centers around the county or to the Materials Recovery Facility in Clyde. The used cooking oil is collected and sold to Blue Ridge Biofuels, which produces and distributes biodiesel fuel for Western North Carolina and the Southeast bulk market.
To recycle cooking oil, citizens are asked to pour it into a clean plastic container with a lid, such as an empty cooking oil bottle or milk jug. The best containers are ones with a handle and a tight-fitting lid, such as a clean, empty cat litter bucket. The cooking oil container should be kept separate from other recyclables and handed to an attendant at the convenience centers and MRF.
For optimal use in converting to diesel fuel, we recommend that you bring your cooking oil frequently instead of letting it collect for a long time.
In addition to rechargeable batteries and car batteries, you can now bring household batteries to the convenience centers and MRF to be recycled. All you have to do is place them in a separate bag or container and give them an attendant. The batteries should be kept inside out of the weather.
How & Where Do I Recycle?
Haywood County accepts recycled goods at our 9 convenience centers throughout the county, as well as the Materials Recovery Facility in Clyde. The convenience centers operate from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for two locations, Cruso and Fines Creek ,which only operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 7-5. Residential solid waste is accepted at each center in compactors.
The locations and regular hours for the convenience centers are:
Best practices for handling recycling depend on where you live. If you live in the county, all recyclable materials may be placed in blue containers located at each convenience center. If you live within the limits of one of Haywood County's municipalities, please contact them directly about recycling practices. To access the web sites for each municiple government, visit the Our Community section of our web site. For more tips on how to prepare recyclables, click here.
Recyclables are hauled from the centers to our Materials Recovery Facility. Haywood County Solid Waste employees separate the materials from the blue bags and places each material into different bins. The materials are baled and Haywood County Solid Waste Management markets the materials.
What Else Can I Recycle?
Items accepted for recycling include:
Catalogs, magazines, newspapers, telephone books, third class mail and other paper products, such as grocery bags
Yard Plastics (lawn furniture and children's toys)
Corrugated cardboard and household cardboard boxes (cereal, cracker, cake mix)
Plastic bottles and jugs (including shampoo and detergent bottles)
Clear, green and amber glass bottles and jars
Used electronics, including old computers, monitors, printers and keyboards, VCRs and DVD players, small peripherals (such as cameras, PDAs and other devices that can be plugged into a computer), phone equipment, video/audio equipment, network equipment and test equipment.. THESE PRODUCTS ARE ONLY ACCEPTED AT MATERIALS RECOVERY CENTER, NOT AT CONVENIENCE CENTERS.
Why Should I Recycle?
There are many good reasons for reducing waste and increasing recycling. Here's a few to think about:
Capacity at the White Oak Landfill is reaching its limit and new landfills are getting more difficult to permit in North Carolina. The county is faced with spending millions of dollars in the next several years to close one landfill cell and prepare another for use.
Last year, Haywood residents and businesses generated 58,850 tons of solid waste that went to the landfill and only 3,400 tons of recyclables that could be sold to commodities markets. As much as 60 percent of the materials that go in the landfill could be recycled, which will extend the life of the landfill and reduce the costs associated with waste disposal.
Landfills compete with other land uses, such as residential, business and industry, transportation and recreation.
Extraction of raw materials to manufacture new goods is threatening natural ecosystems around the world. Many of these raw materials could come from recycled goods. For example, it can take as much as 1 ton of earth to get 5 grams of gold. However, a ton of cell phones yields not only 400 grams of gold, but 500 grams of silver.
Join Us in Our Sustainability Efforts!
Our Sustainability Plan is a work in progress that we expect to update and improve on on a quarterly basis. An important part of our plan is dialoguing with the community, and working together to reduce, reuse and recycle. We welcome your ideas and your input! For more information or feedback, contact Haywood County Solid Waste at 828-627-8042.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – Information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency