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House Bill 1518 Overview

Passed during the 2005 legislative session, North Carolina House Bill 1518 requires holders of on-premises malt beverage, on-premises unfortified wine, on-premises fortified wine and mixed beverage Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) permits to separate, store and recycle all recyclable beverage containers. Type of containers to recycle: aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic bottles. House Bill 1518 becomes effective January 1, 2008.Recycling Guide for ABC Permit Holders
 

Planning your Recycling Program

Planning and implementing a cost-effective recycling program at your establishment is easier than you might think. By doing so you are complying with state law, saving money on disposal costs and enhancing your business’ image. Good planning is key in the success of your program. Wake County Solid Waste has developed a Recycling Guide for ABC permit holders, which is available to download or contact us to request a copy be mailed to your business.
 
 

Step 1: Collection

Determine how the recyclable materials will be handled. Will you hire a private hauler to collect the materials or will you self-haul them to a recycling drop-off that accepts materials from businesses?
 
Haulers offer different services and collect a variety of recyclable materials. Check with several haulers about their services. Ask for references. Questions to ask when considering a recycling hauler:
  1. What materials do they collect?
  2. Do the bottles and cans need to be sorted or can they be commingled (mixed together in one container)?
  3. Will they provide internal containers for your recyclables, and if so, at what cost?
  4. What type of internal collection containers do they recommend for your business?
  5. What type of external collection containers are the recyclables picked up in?
  6. Will they provide decals and/or signage for the recycling containers?
  7. Is there a minimum amount of materials required for collection?
  8. Are pickups regularly scheduled or on an on-call basis?
  9. How frequently will they pick up your recyclables?
  10. Do they charge to pick up materials, accept at no charge or pay your company for materials?
  11. What are their payment terms?
  12. Do they already pick up recyclables from neighboring businesses?
  13. Can they provide your business with solid data on how much material your business is recycling?
  14. Do they require (or does your company want) a contract for services?
  15. Will they discount services if they collect your business’ garbage and recycling?
  16. Do they have educational materials for your employees?
 

Step 2: Costs

Possible costs associated with starting a recycling program:
 
  • Purchase or rental of internal or external containers
  • Ongoing collection charges by recycling haulers
  • Costs of transporting materials to a local drop-off center if not contracting with a hauling company
  • Processing fees
  • Signage and other informational materials
Tips for controlling costs:
  • Thoroughly research recycling services – haulers compete for customers.
  • Determine whether purchasing the containers for your business is more cost-effective than having the hauler include them as part of their service.
  • Use opportunities to commingle materials to reduce labor (to separate recyclables) and the number of containers used.
  • Most importantly, thoroughly examine your level of waste services and explore the possibility of reducing those services once recycling is implemented (less waste will be going into your garbage container).
If you’re in a multi-tenant building, contact neighboring businesses or your property management company to find out:
  1. Are they already recycling?
  2. Who is their recycling and/or solid waste hauler?
  3. What suggestions do they have based on their experiences?
  4. Can you consolidate your efforts and reduce collection costs?
 

Step 3: Training

Employee participation is critical to the success of your program. If you want strong employee participation, you’ll need to educate employees about the program and make it easy for everyone to participate.
 
Hold training sessions at staff meetings. Invite your recycling hauler to the meeting. Someone should be prepared to answer questions, provide encouragement and discuss the benefits of your company’s recycling program. Provide literature explaining the benefits of recycling. Your recycling hauler may be able to supply educational materials.
To publicize or promote your program consider making recycling posters, decals or banners. Once your program is launched, continue to encourage input and ideas from customers, staff and management. To help ensure employee participation post or electronically circulate an announcement highlighting that the new program has full management support is a priority for the business and is the law. Be sure to mention:
  • The commitment of the business to reducing waste and recycling
  • The new procedures being adopted
  • The recycling coordinator’s name and phone number
  • That innovative ideas and solutions from employees are welcome.
 

Keep employees informed and involved

Provide regular updates to customers, employees and management about the program. Everyone likes to hear a good word. Employees need to know that their commitment helps achieve the program’s goals. Positive communication and employee recognition are critical to the long-term success of the program. Post announcements on how much is recycled each month. Emphasize the program’s success. Remember to reward good behavior! Consider giving awards to employees who have shown creativity, initiative or innovative strategies for recycling.
 

Technical Assistance

  • Commercial Waste Reduction Grants are available to Wake County businesses to start, expand or improve their waste reduction and/or recycling program. See our website for more information.
  • Partnership to Recycle – download signage for containers and ads to promote your program.
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