Recycling Plastic Bottles

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

During the 2005 legislative session, the N.C. General Assembly passed House Bill 1465, banning plastic bottles from disposal effective October 1, 2009. The law does not apply to containers that are intended for use in the sale and distribution of motor oil or plastic pesticide bottles.  There are other methods available to recycle these products.

Recycling plastic bottles conserves energy and resources and creates jobs; more than 14,000 people are employed in the recycling industry in North Carolina.  Bottles can be recycled back into plastic bottles, or can have a completely new life as a different product – such as carpet, lumber, other types of containers, or even clothing.  North Carolina and the southeast are home to plastic plants hungry for material to make new products, so recycling your bottles is a great way to close the recycling loop!

At least 95 percent of North Carolina residents have access to some type of plastic bottle recycling; unfortunately, North Carolinians currently only recycle approximately 18 percent of PET plastic bottles.
Do your part – recycle plastic bottles!

Spring Williams-Byrd
County Extension Director