New, larger recycling carts replacing 18-gallon bins

Dec. 05, 2012 @ 06:43 PM

What's big, blue and coming to every block in Sanford? A new way for residents to go green.

Beginning Monday, the City of Sanford employees will roll out 96-gallon recycling carts for every city resident, replacing the current 18-gallon bins.

"We are very excited about the bigger carts," said Public Works Administrator Laura Spivey. "You can put more in, and they have a lid to keep the recycling from getting wet."

The carts should be easier to get to the curb and increase the amount of recycling materials per household while keeping animals from getting into the cart, she said.

"People want to recycle if they think it is easy to do," she said.

More than 9,000 carts will be delivered throughout next week, and residents should receive a brochure with the new cart, said Public Works Sanitation and Solid Waste Services Supervisor Larry Craig.

"Our poundage of recycling should increase while the poundage of trash should decrease," Craig said. "This saves on the cost of disposal and the amount of trash taken to the landfill."

Sanford purchased the carts after receiving a $75,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Natural Resources this summer, with each cart costing $47 for a total of price of $350,000. The carts have a life span of anywhere to 15 to 20 years and, over time, should save the city money, he said.

The main thing residents should know is that the new recycling carts will be picked up every other week — previously recycling was picked up every week — and residents can dump the recycling into the cart unsorted and not bagged, Spivey said.

If the recycling is bagged or trash is placed in the recycling, it can gum up the recycling truck and contaminate the entire batch of recycling, she said.

The carts will also come with Sanford's "Well Centered" emblem embossed on the side, she said.

"It makes us excited," she said. "With these new carts with 'Sanford — Well Centered' on them, if someone is not from Sanford, they can see those pretty blue carts."

If someone has a question concerning the new carts, they can visit the city's website at or call (919) 775-8247.

Acceptable Recyclables:

Flattened cardboard


Office papers


Junk mail

Phone books

Glass bottles and jars

Plastic bottles

Tin or steel cans

Brown paper bags

Dairy or juice containers

Questions: call (919) 775-8247