In 1997, Durham passed an ordinance making it unlawful to place target recyclables in the garbage. The ordinance applies to all waste generators - residential, commercial, and industrial. Target recyclables currently include:
Glass bottles and jars
The city provides recycling opportunities for the targeted items as well as several other items through drop-off centers and curbside collections. Residents and businesses may face financial penalties for not complying with the ordinance.
In addition to the City’s recycling ordinance, state law also bans the following items from being disposed of in a landfill:
Aluminum cans – effective July 1, 1994
Antifreeze – effective July 1, 1994
Appliances – effective January 1, 1991
Beverage Containers from ABC permit holders – effective January 1, 2008