North Carolina throws away almost 288 million pounds of plastic every year. Fortunately, last October the NC legislature passed a measure banning the disposal of plastic bottles in state landfills. The ban is estimated to divert nearly 2.4 billion plastic bottles from landfills annually.
To manage the influx in bottles the state has also invested in one of the nation's largest recycling facilities. The plant located in Fayetteville, plans on processing 160 million pounds of plastic in the first quarter of 2010. Although these are steps in the right direction, you won't see police officers arresting James for throwing a bottle in the trash. Therefore, it's important we make an individual effort to decrease our plastic bottle consumption.
Time to go pick up a reusable bottle!