Category Archives: RECYCLING

Officials confront failed recycling efforts

In a brief ceremony Monday night, Ed Riggs Jr. (left) accepts the Chairman’s gavel for 2018 from Paul Delamar III who has led the Pamlico County Commission over the past year. BAYBORO – Elected officials learned Monday night that Pamlico County’s unattended recycling bins are being used as free dumping grounds, where rotting garbage and even adult diapers contaminate entire loads of otherwise legitimate recyclable materials. At least in Pamlico County, forget those warm, fuzzy images of recyclables being miraculously transformed into beneficial end products. WRONG! Brace you…

Recycling due for ‘Extreme Makeover’

Tim Buck (foreground), manager of Pamlico County, leads discussion Wednesday morning among members of an all-volunteer committee tasked by elected officials to develop an effective, cost-efficient alternative to the county’s failed recycling efforts. BAYBORO – Opinions differ among committee members as to the best way to remedy Pamlico County’s failed recycling efforts. However, consensus has emerged loud and clear on one major point: UNATTENDED BINS AT SEVEN LOCATIONS ACROSS PAMLICO COUNTY ARE NOT WORKING! Ed Riggs Jr., a county commissioner and long-time critic of the co…

RECYCLE? NOT!

Photo credit: Francis Davis GRANTSBORO – An all too common sight these days is a large, blue recycle bin showing up on the dumping floor of a busy place known as the ‘transfer station’ on Highway 306. In a perfect world, recyclables from our area are supposed to go to Greenville where sorting and reprocessing begins. Instead, more often than not, recycle items are dumped here — like regular household garbage – and subsequently transferred by tractor-trailer to a massive landfill near Tuscarora. The reason? Local miscreants are using recycle bins as an alternative to paying fo…

Smile! Camera meant to catch dumpers

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer Culprits are ignoring rules that prohibit dumping of household garbage at the Reelsboro recycling site. REELSBORO – The Pamlico County Commission rejected a recommendation Monday night to close the Hwy. 55 recycling site, instead authorizing an expenditure to install ‘trail cam’ style monitoring with the intent of nabbing those who are dumping household garbage, non-recyclable items, and even in one recent incident – concrete. Garry Cooper, Director of Public Services for the county, wrote in a Dec. 30 e-mail that “the situation was so bad th…

Auto recycling not for the faint of heart

  Sodoma uses a vehicle known as a ‘rollback’ to transport a flooded car. Most vehicles are literally rolled backwards onto the bed of the truck, using a winch and rugged, steel cable. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer GRANTSBORO – Recycling cars is back breaking work, with any profit wholly dependent upon the vagaries of the economy – particularly the prices being paid for copper, aluminum, platinum, and sheet metal. Throw in some used, but viable auto parts — which can often be a bear to remove – and Daniel ‘Danny Boy’ Sodoma, usually finds a way to eke out a bit more tha…
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