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Catawba County ranked No. 1 in state for recycling

The recycling rate for common household materials compares the effectiveness of programs recovering cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard.
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CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — Catawba County has been ranked number one in recycling statewide by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS). 

The rankings were released on Jan. 12 in the division’s newest North Carolina Recycling Program Performance report, which was based on per capita recycling rates for the Fiscal Year 2018-19.

The recycling rate for common household materials compares the effectiveness of programs recovering cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard. The overall recycling rate includes additional materials such as concrete, shingles and wood wastes, as well as special and hazardous wastes like televisions, used motor oil and used cooking oil.

Catawba County earned the top ranking in both reporting categories with an overall recycling rate measured at 449 pounds per person and a common household materials rate measured at 247 pounds per person. Since 2000, Catawba County has ranked among the top five counties in the state in both categories.

“Catawba County became number one in recycling through the dedicated participation of our residents and local businesses in our public recycling systems,” said Pete Shonka, Catawba County Utilities & Engineering director. “This, along with a continued commitment to innovation and efficiency, has led to the combined successes of our county and municipal recycling programs. As a community, we should all be very proud of this accomplishment.”