Residents frustrated over recycle delays

DURHAM City leaders said the confusion started with recycling carts that were delivered late or not at all.

Garbage pickup in the Bull City is running smoothly, but the new recycling program has hit a snag.

"We put the bin out on the curb the night before and the guys were a day late coming to pick it up," Durham resident Dotty Foote said.

Some neighborhoods are still waiting as their recyclables pile up.

"All those kinks are going to be ironed out in the next two weeks," Durham's Director of Solid Waste Donald Long said.

Long said the contractor who made the new recycling carts fell behind.

Recycling pickup was underway while carts were delivered, causing a backlog.

More than 61,000 carts have gone out, but about 2,000 still need to be distributed.

City leaders said larger carts save the city money with fewer pickups and they help to make Durham green.

Concerned callers have contacted Durham's One-Call center, because they were confused about the new carts and pickup days.

Solid Waste representatives said they have fielded many of the calls and are assuring people the remaining carts will be delivered over the weekend.

"Just be a little patient," Long said. "It's probably the biggest undertaking the city of Durham has had in the last 20 years."

For more information on Durham's recycle plans visit the city's Web site at

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