Moore County Public Works’ Solid Waste Division has completed setting up glass-only recycling containers at all of its solid waste convenience sites, including the Moore County Landfill site. Residents may now carry glass to any of the convenience sites and place it in the properly marked glass-only recycling container for it to be recycled, said The Village of Pinehurst in a Wednesday news release.

Glass, for recycling purposes, includes beverage containers and food jars. It is important to note that ceramic, dishes, drinking glasses, cookware, window pane glass, light bulbs, and mirrors are not recyclable. These items should be safely wrapped to prevent injury and placed in household trash. LED/CFL light bulbs can be recycled at Moore County’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in November, or they can be taken to Lowe’s Home Improvement for recycling.

The Solid Waste Division operates seven convenience sites across Moore County, and recycling glass at any of these sites is free, environmentally friendly, and saves taxpayer money.

Currently, the materials recovery facility in Fayetteville charges area municipalities $60 per ton processing fee if glass is present in their recycling batch. If glass can be eliminated from the curbside recycling cart, the cost to process can be reduced to $0. Further, recycling glass instead of putting it in the household trash cart reduces the overall weight of trash going to the landfill, saving an additional $48.07 per ton in landfill fees.

The seven county convenience sites are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., excluding the Moore County Landfill site, which operates from 7:30 a.m.  to 7 p.m.

Locations for each site are as follows:

Moore County Landfill 456 Turning Leaf Way, Aberdeen (off Hwy 5)
West End Site 605 Love Grove Church Rd., West End (off Hwy 211)
Carthage Site 5361 Hwy 15-501, Carthage (Hillcrest Park)
Eagle Springs Site 363 Eagle Springs Rd., Eagle Springs (off Hwy 705)
Midway Location 10496 Hwy 24-27 W., Carthage (near Plank Rd.)
Cameron Site 276 Cranes Creek Rd., Cameron (off Hwy 24-27)
Robbins Site 1465 Leaman Rd., Robbins (off Hwy 705)

Pinehurst’s Public Services Director, Mike Apke, notes that “Our residents have been among the leaders in recycling participation, not only in Moore County, but in the state, and we believe our residents will get behind this initiative and make glass recycling at the newly available sites a part of their regular routine.” Apke added, “It’s not hard to do, and once you’re in the habit, you’ll be doing your part in saving landfill space as well as saving taxpayer money.”

For questions about this new opportunity, call the Village of Pinehurst Public Services Department at 910-295-5021 or the Moore County Public Works office at 910-947-6315.

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