COUNTY EVENTS CALENDAR

Collection Statistics

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Orange County Landfill Tons Managed 2016-2017
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 8,552 91%
Stumps and inert debris 789 9%
Mobile Homes 11 <1%
Total Buried 9,352 100%
     
Material Recovered and Recycled at Landfill    % Recovered
Vegetative Waste 7,622 72%
White Goods 308 3%
Tires 1,205 11%
Scrap Metal 874 8%
Clean Wood 502 5%
Mattresses 55 <1%
Oyster Shells 20 <1%
Total Recovered at Landfill 10,586 100%
Total Managed at Landfill 19,938  
 
Waste Generated by Origin 2016-2017
Origin Tons Percent
Orange County disposed elsewhere (MSW, Mixed C&D) 11,447 20%
Town of Carrboro disposed elsewhere (MSW) 6,772 12%
Town of Chapel Hill disposed elsewhere  (MSW) 14,337 25%
Town of Hillsborough disposed elsewhere  (MSW) 3,362 6%
UNC disposed elsewhere  (MSW) 5,704 10%
UNC Health Care disposed elsewhere (MSW, non-medical waste) 2,307 4%
Privately hauled MSW from OC disposed elsewhere 13,427 23%
Total 57,308 100%
 
C&D from Orange County disposed in and out of Orange County 2016-2017
All C&D buried in Orange County (includes 134 tons from UNC) 9,322 67%
C&D from Orange County buried elsewhere 4,525 33%
Total C&D from Orange County 13,847  100%

Tons of materials managed by Orange Community Recycling (OCR) Division 2016-2017
Type of Material Recycled Tons Percent
"Single Stream" Commingled Bottles, Cans, Jars, Paper 14,076 78%
Toxics Reduction Improvement Program (TRIP) (includes hazardous waste, motor oil, filters, batteries and electronics) 639 4%
Corrugated Cardboard 1,271 7%
Rigid Non-bottle #2. #4 and #5 Plastics 157 1%
Food Waste 1,907 11%
Textiles and Plastic Bags 10 <1%
Total recycled by OCR 18,060 100%

Statistics include collection of materials from drop-off locations and Commercial Recycling Program
Tonnage Recycled by Orange Community Recycling Programs 2016-2017
Program Tons Percent
Urban Curbside 5,999 33%
Rural Curbside 2,856 16%
Multifamily 1,253 7%
Drop off (Single stream, cardboard, rigid plastics, textiles, plastic bags) 3,874 22%
Toxics Reduction Improvement Program (TRIP) 639 4%
Commercial recycling 925 5%
Commercial Food Waste Recycling 1,907 11%
Government Facilities Recycling 238 1%
Orange County and Chapel Hill/Carrboro School Recycling  351 2%
Total  18,060    100%

Recycling by Others 2016-2017 (Not Orange County Solid Waste Department)
Program Tons Percent
UNC 4,755 80%
Other private recycling (est) 1,200 20%
Total 5,955 100%
These tons are estimated based on UNC report and data previously reported by other recyclers.
 

Waste Sort Data 2016-17
In October 2016 and April 2017 Orange County conducted its sixth waste composition study since 1990. The latest study of 101 samples showed the overall amount of conventionally recyclable material in the waste stream at 21% with another 10% being clothing, scrap metal, plastic bags and electronics that are readily recyclable in other local programs. Another 45% of the waste landfilled was found to be commercially compostable including not only food scraps but low grade paper, wood and yard waste. Phone books have virtually disappeared while plastic bottles hold steady at 3% of waste discarded. Overall we estimate that over 76 million cans and bottles that came from Orange County were landfilled last year or an average of 550 per person.
2017 Orange County Waste Characterization Study Final Report 


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 data below show the time series data (in pdf file format), from these sectors and annual data by geographic sector.

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.