Here in the United States, we have a particularly large problem with waste, for example:

  • Each hour, Americans throw away about 2.5 million plastic bottles.
  • Enough aluminum is thrown away to rebuild our country's entire commercial airline fleet every three months.
  • Americans throw away enough disposable plates and cups to serve a meal to everyone in the world six times a year.

 We do our part in the Foothills to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  Most residents have access to Convenience Centers where recycled items are collected.  Click the link below to find a location near your home:

Alexander County
http://alexandercountync.gov/departments/solid-waste-recycling/

Burke County
http://www.co.burke.nc.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={638B9153-C4D3-41E4-B3D4-D89BB0B409B2}

Caldwell County
http://www.caldwellcountync.org/caldwell-county-nc-services/recycling-convenience-centers/

Catawba County
http://www.catawbacountync.gov/ue/wastered.asp

Watauga County
http://www.wataugacounty.org/main/App_Pages/Dept/Sanitation/home.aspx

Wilkes County
http://wilkescounty.net/landfill-services-and-prices/center-locations-hours/

Other recyclables such as chemicals, manufacturing by-products, building materials, unsold product, etc may find a buyer through NC Waste Trader.  This is a service provided as part of NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  For more information, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/deao/rbac.

Kids Section J
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/index.htm
http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/mainmap.htm
http://pages.uoregon.edu/recycle/kids_booklets.htm#recipes

Other Educational Web Links
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/index.htm
http://nc.myecoville.com/
http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/41/40994.pdf
http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/34/33912.pdf
http://ecocycle.org/
http://greenplanetstream.org/