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Earth Day brought big clean-up in Haywood

Earth Day brought big clean-up in Haywood

On Earth Day, April 22, members of the Haywood County Solid Waste Management team worked with a local environmental group to give away more than 600 reusable bags designed to hold recyclable material at four of the county’s convenience centers.

The reusable bags show what’s recyclable on one side and what is non-recyclable on the other side.

The reusable bags were purchased by the county in an effort to keep single-use plastic bags out of the recycling stream. Many citizens, thinking plastic bags can be recycled too, place recyclables in “blue bags” or other plastic bags and toss them into the recycling bins at the convenience centers. Plastic bags are a hazard for the recycling machinery and have to be removed by hand.

Haywood County employees and 14 members of the Western North Carolina Environmental Action Community (EAC) worked together to hand out the reusable bags at convenience centers in Bethel, Crabtree, Hazelwood and Mauney Cove.

Another reusable bag give-away is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, at selected Haywood County convenience centers.

The reusable bags are also available by calling the Haywood County  Solid Waste Management office at 828.356.2138 or contacting the Haywood County Recycling Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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