I have a strange feeling that a lot of folks who recently received their new recycle carts from the City of Raleigh are going to be upset or confused when they get home today. Why? If they put they’re blue recycling carts out today in Southwest Raleigh, they probably won’t be serviced. On my neighborhood run this morning, I noticed lots of blue carts full of recycling today (good!) at the curb (bad).
In an email correspondence with Linda Leighton, Waste Reduction Specialist with the City of Raleigh, she told us that the automated trucks used to service the new bins won’t be in service until after Labor Day. That means when you get home today and your blue cart was put out to the curb, it will still be full of your recyclables.
Leighton also shared the following:
Phase III, which changes many Raleigh residents over to a 95 gallon recycling carts, started with a calendar mailing to all residents affected. This calendar also provided important information including the fact that the carts would not be serviced until after Labor Day. At that time service also changes from weekly to bi-weekly collection. This calendar card was mailed in the second week of July. It takes five weeks to deliver carts to 35,000+ households. Some residents get theirs early, some just the week before Labor Day. Carts must be serviced by automated trucks and cannot be serviced manually.
If you need more information about the phased rollout and other frequently asked questions, visit www.raleighnc.gov/environment/content/SolidWaste/Articles/RecycleCarts.html.