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For One Day, Recyclables Outweigh Garbage

Mecklenburg County hit a recycling milestone on November 22nd. The county's Solid Waste department reports it was the first day that recyclables outweighed the amount of garbage dumped at the landfill. The time of year helped. It was the week of Thanksgiving, so there was lots of Black Friday advertising inserts. There was also a large amount of leaves collected for composting. But Solid Waste Director Bruce Gledhill says the achievement is still a big deal. "We haven't even come close before. Not only were the leaves high, but also the amount of recyclables received at the recycling center were above average." Overall, recyclables made up 56 percent of the day's collection, according to Solid Waste department figures. About 1,900 tons - that's 3.8 million pounds - was turned in at the county's recycling centers, while about 1,500 tons of trash was landfilled.