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Plastic Bottles

Take the Plastic Bottle Recycling Pledge

During the 2005 legislative session, the N.C. General Assembly passed House Bill 1465, banning plastic bottles from disposal effective October 1, 2009. The law does not apply to containers that are intended for use in the sale and distribution of motor oil or plastic pesticide bottles.

Recycling plastic bottles conserves energy and resources and creates jobs; more than 15,000 people are employed in the recycling industry in North Carolina.  Bottles can be recycled back into plastic bottles, or can have a completely new life as a different product - such as carpet, lumber, other types of containers or even clothing.  North Carolina and the southeast are home to plastic plants hungry for material to make new products, so recycling your bottles is a great way to close the recycling loop!

At least 95 percent of North Carolina residents have access to some type of plastic bottle recycling through local government programs. Unfortunately, North Carolinians currently recycle only 18 percent of PET plastic bottles. Do your part - recycle plastic bottles - and explore this site to learn how!

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