Residents here lag behind the national average for recycling, and city leaders are looking at ways to encourage less trash for the landfill.
Solid Waste Director Fred Battle explained several potential programs to the Raleigh City Council last Tuesday, ranging from mandatory recycling to a “pay as you throw” pricing for garbage service.
“There is room to get the recycling numbers up,” he said.
Raleigh customers average 0.1 tons of recycling per year; the national average is 0.25 tons per customer. But Raleigh’s trash disposal per household is slightly lower than the national rate.
Here’s a look at the possibilities:
Mayor Nancy McFarlane said a council committee will meet in the coming months to look at the costs of the options. A financially risky new program could make it harder for the city’s solid waste department to become self-sustaining. The service is currently subsidized by property taxes, and the city hopes to end those subsidies within 10 years.
“This can be a complicated business model,” interim City Manager Perry James said.