Presently, throughout the United States, landfills are filling up at alarming rates. Davidson County's Landfill is no exception. Waste reduction, material reuse and recycling are extremely important issues to consider when determining how to save valuable landfill space.
In 1997 the Integrated Solid Waste Department hired a full time Recycling Coordinator and established a more comprehensive recycling program. Over the last fourteen years new materials have been added to the original program and the material processing has improved.
Public education and outreach, aggressive advertising, special event promotions and the efficient material processing operation has helped the program considerably.
Residential participation is currently estimated at 18%. Commercial and industrial participation is slightly higher, but both have room for improvement. It is up to each of us to help with Davidson County's waste reduction efforts. Your participation can help extend the life of our landfill, boost economic development, and provide a clean safe environmental future for our children and grandchildren.
In July of 1998 the Davidson County Department of Recycling opened a Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The old landfill tranfer station was retrofitted and a conveyor system with a horizontal baler was installed. Most of the construction work was done by landfill staff at a costs savings of more than $100,000.
Prior to the July 1998 opening an Inmate Labor Contract was signed with the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Inmates are assigned to the MRF operations under the annual renewable contract. The inmates, supervised by Department of Corrections-trained County employees, separate co-mingled recyclables from Lexington and Thomasville and process the material along with the recyclables collected at the County's drop off sites. This facility processes more than eighty (80) tons per week. The MRF is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am til 4:00pm. Closed on weekends and County observed holidays.