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Orange County Landfill Tons Managed 2014-2015
Type of Material Tons Percent
Material Buried    % Landfilled
Municipal Solid Waste (OC MSW Landfill closed June 30, 2013) N/A N/A
Construction and Demolition Waste 6,102 97%
Stumps and inert debris 190 3%
Mobile Homes 26 <1%
Total Buried 6,319 100%
Material Recovered and Recycled at Landfill    % Recovered
Vegetative Waste 9,192 79%
White Goods 168 2%
Tires 1,078 9%
Scrap Metal 566 5%
Clean Wood 498 4%
Mattresses 71 <1%
Oyster Shells 34 <1%
Total Recovered at Landfill 11,644 100%
Total Managed at Landfill 17,891  
 
Waste Generated by Origin 2014-2015
Origin Tons Percent
Orange County disposed elsewhere (MSW, Mixed C&D) 10,082 18%
Town of Carrboro disposed elsewhere (MSW) 6,631 12%
Town of Chapel Hill disposed elsewhere  (MSW) 14,082 25%
Town of Hillsborough disposed elsewhere  (MSW) 3,149 6%
UNC disposed elsewhere  (MSW) 5,656 9%
UNC Health Care disposed elsewhere (MSW, non-medical waste) 2,900 5%
Privately hauled MSW from OC disposed elsewhere 14,310 25%
Total  64,100 100%
 
C&D from Orange County disposed in and out of Orange County 2014-2015
All C&D buried in Orange County (includes 134 tons from UNC) 6,319 52%
C&D from Orange County buried elsewhere 5,883 48%
Total C&D from Orange County 12,202  100%

Tons of materials managed by Orange Community Recycling (OCR) Division 2014-2015
Type of Material Recycled Tons Percent
"Single Stream" Commingled Bottles, Cans, Jars, Paper 13,047 77%
Toxics Reduction Improvement Program (TRIP) (includes hazardous waste, motor oil, filters, batteries and electronics) 677 4%
Corrugated Cardboard 1,553 9%
Rigid Non-bottle #2. #4 and #5 Plastics 156 1%
Food Waste 1,622 9%
Textiles and Plastic Bags 10 <1%
Total recycled by OCR 17,065 100%

Statistics include collection of materials from drop-off locations and Commercial Recycling Program
Tonnage Recycled by Orange Community Recycling Programs 2014-2015
Program Tons Percent
Urban Curbside 5,563 32%
Rural Curbside 1,946 11%
Multifamily 1,128 6%
Drop off (Single stream, cardboard, rigid plastics, textiles, plastic bags) 4,877 28%
Toxics Reduction Improvement Program (TRIP) 677 4%
Commercial recycling 1,034 6%
Commercial Food Waste Recycling 1,622 9%
Government Facilities Recycling 214 1%
Orange County and Chapel Hill/Carrboro School Recycling  354 2%
Total   17,424    100%

Difference in tonnage collected by program and tonnage of recyclables collected by material (~3%) reflects the amount of discards (contamination) separated from recyclables incoming before they are sold to recycling markets.

Recycling by Others 2014-2015 (Not Orange County Solid Waste Department)
Program Tons Percent
UNC 4,680 81%
Other private recycling (est) 1,200 19%
Total 5,880 100%
These tons are estimated based on UNC report and data previously reported by other recyclers.
 
Waste Sort Data 2010
In April of 2010, Orange County conducted its fifth waste composition study since 1990. The latest study showed the amount of recyclable material being thrown out has declined 31% in the residential sector, 22% in the commercial sector and 11% in the multifamily sector since the previous waste sort in 2005.  Of the 47,300 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) landfilled last year, more than 10,400 tons are readily recyclable cans, bottles and paper. Another 3,800 tons are materials that could be recycled at all dropoff sites such as rigid plastic, or recycled just at the landfill or convenience centers such as clean wood, scrap metal and electronics.  Capturing half of this could push the County’s waste reduction rate close to 58%. The County has conducted a waste sort every five years to help focus its solid waste planning work and see how well recycling programs are working in the various sectors. The time series data (in pdf file format), from these sectors and annual data by geographic sector can be accessed on clicking the links below.

Waste Sort Data 2005
In April of 2005, Orange County conducted a waste composition study that showed the amount of recyclable material being thrown out has declined 11% since the last waste sort was conducted in 2000. Of the 57,000 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) landfilled, more than 22,000 are readily recyclable, down from 24,900 five years ago.

The County has conducted a waste sort every five years since 1990 to help focus its solid waste planning work and see how well recycling programs are working in the various sectors. The data (in pdf file format), from these sectors can be accessed on clicking the links below.