Please review the statement below provided by Surry County Administration and Surry County Sanitation:
"Recycling No Longer Viable for Communities - Surry County recently learned that the landfill to which County recyclable bins were being transferred, no longer accepts recycle materials. When making provisions to seek another location to dispose of the recyclable materials, the county learned that the costs per tonnage to dispose of recyclable materials is nearly triple the cost to dispose of other waste. Recycling has changed dramatically over recent years and local governments are grappling with this service. Many have since eliminated recycling programs due to labor, costs, and the absence of facilities accepting recycle materials. The recyclable materials are being mixed with regular waste and therefore it is not cost-effective to pay to dispose of recyclable materials.
The recycle boxes were removed from the Goodson Path and Pineview Sites on March 24, 2022, when advised by the landfill that it was no longer accepted."
This article is being shared as to the recent state of recycling for your information:
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Reusable Clothing & Shoes
Goodwill Industries has placed a container box at the Goodson Path Solid Waste Collection Station where citizens are encouraged to contribute reusable clothing and shoes only. Household and other items cannot be donated to Goodwill via this collection container.
For more information, contact the County Administrator's Office at 757-294-5271 or the Goodson Path Collection Station at 757-294-0543.
County residents can bring automobile tires to the Goodson Path site for recycling. Tires must be off the rims. No tractor tires will be accepted and attendants may not accept more than 4 tires per day per residence.
Recycling Scrap Metal
Scrap metal is accepted at the Goodson Path site only. Site attendants will determine which items are acceptable.
Recycling Used Motor Oil & Batteries
Residents can dispose of used motor oil and vehicle batteries by contacting Surry Equipment, Inc. at 757-294-3861.
Recycling Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
By replacing incandescent bulbs with compact Fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) residents can reduce their energy consumption, reduce pollution and save money. CFLs use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Since they produce about 70% less heat, their use can result in lower cooling costs during warmer months.
CFLs are safe to use in your home or business in spite of the fact that they contain about 5mg of mercury. However, when disposing of CFL bulbs, one does need to be cautious. If a CFL breaks, the mercury contained in its tubing can be released into the environment.
While Surry County does not currently provide for the recycling of CFLs, area home improvement stores will recycle unbroken CFL bulbs free of charge for residents in their service area. Check with the home improvement stores in your area for more information.