The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department began rolling out roll-out reycling carts Monday to residents of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough with curbside recycling.
The new blue 95 gallon wheeled carts replace the old square 18-gallon bins that have been used for decades.
More than 18,000 carts will be delivered to residents of all three towns this month. Residents should start using their new blue carts the week of June 30, on their regularly scheduled recycling day, not before. Curbside recycling in the towns will remain a weekly service.
Postcards with cart use information and recycling details will be mailed during the first week in June to each address receiving a new cart. Decals on the cart describe the exact materials that can be placed inside. The carts will also be equipped with an RFID tag (or "radio-frequency identification") that will tie the cart to each address and will help measure participation rates.
After the June 30 cart start date, only recycling placed in the new blue carts will be collected. Residents can recycle old bins by placing them in the new carts through the month of July, or if they prefer, keep them for reuse around the house. Old bins that get recycled will be segregated and sold to the company providing the carts (Rehrig Pacific Company) to be made into new recycling carts.
Place the carts at the curb with the lid opening facing the street by 7 a.m. on the collection day, or put them out the night before.
Approximately 400 residents in Chapel Hill and Carrboro will have their recycling day changed to help increase route efficiency, mostly in the Vineyard community off of Weaver Dairy Road extension. Those residents will receive an additional postcard notifying them of their new collection day.
Roll carts are typically safer for residents and collection staff to use; accommodate automated collection to increase efficiency; minimize spillage/windblown materials; and increase storage capacity for the more serious recyclers.