In an effort to keep our environment clean, we thought it would be helpful to write a quick article giving you some tips on what you can and cannot recycle in Fayetteville, and Cumberland county as a whole. Recycling reduces landfill size, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, protects public health, and creates jobs both locally and nationally.
Here is what you can recycle in Cumberland County:
Commonly recycled plastic items include bottles, tubs, jugs, and jars. When recycling your plastic items, remember to keep all other materials separate. Rinse out your plastic jugs, bottles, and tubs, and remember to empty all plastic containers of liquids before placing them in your recycling bin.
Metal items such as aluminum cans and soda cans are extremely recyclable. Aluminum is one of the best materials for recycling as it is very easy to reform aluminum into new products and shapes. Remember to empty these containers of all liquids as well.
You can recycle clean, unbroken glass jars and bottles. Remember to separate the metal lids from the bottles and put the lids with your metal recyclables.
You can recycle your electronics at the Ann St. landfill or any of the County Container sites. You can recycle nearly any conceivable kind of electronic device including cell phones, ipods, computers, printers, televisions, video games, copiers, consumer electronics, and even typewriters!
Paper & Cardboard
Paper and cardboard can be recycled as long as they are not waxed, lined with foil, or laminated. Additionally, paper towels, tissues, or toilet paper has to be disposed of in the regular trash. Cardboard, as long as it is not soiled with food, is fine to recycle as well. Common cardboard recyclables include milk cartons, cereal boxes, shoe boxes, shipping containers, and frozen food items.
Tires are an especially touchy category of material as they cannot be disposed of in a dumpster rental, but you can recycle them in Cumberland county. Car, truck, and tractor tires are accepted Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 3:30pm, and you’ll have to fill out a simple Tire Certification Form when you drop them off.
Cumberland county is great because they accept many hard-to-dispose-of items. These include air conditioners, dish washers, refrigerators (with the doors removed), washers, dryers, and empty oxygen/propane/acetylene tanks.
Recycling in Fayetteville & Cumberland County
Make sure that non-recyclable items are kept out of your recycling bins/containers. When you mix non-recyclable items with your recyclable items, it actually causes contamination and raises recycling costs, as someone will have to go in and separate the materials in order to be processed correctly.
Cumberland county also has a paper shredding service. Simply head to the Ann Street Landfill on Tuesday between 8am and 2:30pm and they will shred your documents for you at a cost of $0.35 per pound. Just note that this service is only for residents, and is not available to businesses.
Here is the information for the Fayetteville Ann St. Landfill:
698 Ann Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Director: Amanda L. Bader
For more information, visit Cumberland County’s Solid Waste Website to learn more.
Every mattress has a lifespan- most last around 10 years on average. How do you know when your mattress is ready to go? If you notice that you are waking up more tired than normal, if you feel like you sleep better when you are away from home, or if you feel like your mattress is saggy are lumpy, it might be time for a new mattress. So if you now need to dispose of your mattress, it’s important to do it properly. Most curbside garbage collectors won’t pick up old mattresses, so here’s how you get rid of it the right way.
Call Your Garbage Collection Service
It’s worth putting in a call to your regular garbage collection service to see if they can accept the mattress. Their answer will vary based on their bulky item disposal policy, and their policies towards box springs and bedframes. Sometimes they will indeed pick up your mattress, they will just charge an extra fee for doing so.
Rent a Dumpster
Before renting the dumpster, discuss the company’s mattress policy with the representative on the phone. Many times they will accept mattresses, but they might just charge an extra fee. If you are thinking of doing so in Fayetteville, make sure to give us a call so we can tell you the landfill’s latest policy and rates. If you are just throwing away the mattress, a 10 or 12 yard dumpster rental should be to dispose of it. You might as well do a small home clean out while you have the dumpster as well!
Donate the Mattress
If you mattress is relatively new, it’s a good idea to donate it to charity. Even if you no longer need it, it could be a step up for someone else. Check with your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or local churches to see if they accept mattress donations.
Hire a Junk Removal Company
This rather straightforward solution is often a no-brainer if you can’t figure out how else to throw out the mattress. The junk removal company will simply arrive at your house, pick it up, and take it away for a flat fee. It pays to call around and get a few quotes before picking your junk removal company, but you can expect to pay between $50-$150 to get rid of your mattress this way.
How NOT to Dispose of Your Mattress
A mattress can cause untold damage to the environment if you don’t dispose of it properly. That mean’s don’t abandon it in a forest, on the side of the road, in a body of water, or on the side of the street without checking with your municipality. Don’t burn it or leave it in someone else’s trash either. Simply pick one of the options in this article, and you’ll be well on your way to a better night’s sleep shortly.
Got any more waste management or disposal questions? Feel free to call the Fayetteville Dumpster Rental Team at (910) 729-6771!