Monday, February 13, 2012

North Carolina's Disposal Rate Drops to Historic Low

North Carolina's Disposal Rate Drops to Historic Low Due to Economy, Increased Recycling

by N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources on Thursday, 9 February 2012 at 10:41
North Carolinians threw away less per capita in 2010-2011 than at any time in nearly 20 years, according to the state’s latest report and analysis of solid waste management.

The 2010-2011 North Carolina Solid Waste and Materials Management Report indicates a historic drop in the state per capita disposal rate, which fell below one ton per person for the first time since fiscal year 1991-92. Continuing recycling efforts and decreased statewide construction contributed to this development. For 2010-11, the state per capita disposal rate was .99 tons; the previous rate, also historically low, was 1.07 tons per capita.

“Our data shows yet again that the state’s disposal rate is influenced heavily by the economy,” said Dexter Matthews, director of the state Division of Waste Management. “We are pleased to note that continually expanding state recycling efforts are also contributing to the reduction reflected in this report.”

More information can be found online at, including a link to the full report.

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