Reactivated county recycling program meeting with success

Part of the revitalized recycling effort in Halifax County involves the placement of bright yellow boxes designated for recyclables at six landfills, such as the ones located off of Blue Ridge Lane in Halifax.

The overflowing yellow recycling containers greeting citizens at the South Boston landfill on Thursday is a testament to the success seen thus far with the reactivation of the Halifax County recycling program.

The county delivered its first two loads of recycling collections to the Tidewater Fibre Corporation (TFC) facility in Chester this week, according to Scott Simpson, Halifax County administrator.

“One delivery was on Monday and was made up of two weeks of collections of solely the South Boston location,” said Simpson. “This delivery was 2.53 tons and was graded as 100% recyclable. This location is our most active site by volume.”

The second delivery was Friday and was made up of two weeks of collections of the remaining five collection sites.

“This delivery was 4.32 tons and was graded as 100% recyclable as well,” he added.

The updated Halifax County recycling program was deployed in August.

The yellow branded boxes with clear-labeled instructions already have been placed at six locations including Volens, Turbeville, South Boston, Virgilina, Halifax and Clover.

As is labeled on each recycling container at all five landfills, glass items are not being accepted at this time.

“From this initial delivery of recyclable products it appears the adjustments we made to the program are working thus far, and the dedication of the citizens of Halifax County to the recycling efforts is evident,” Simpson said. “We thank the citizens for their involvement and encourage them to continue their great commitment to keeping the Halifax County recycling program viable.”

The containers used for recycling – bright yellow - are painted a different color than those used for refuse, and container signage has been updated, two of the key changes to the county’s recycling program.

Those and other changes were discussed at a recycling committee meeting held earlier this summer, when director of public works Ricky Nelson told the committee that TFC Recycling of Chester had told him recycling loads from Halifax County were contaminated with non-recyclables, making them unacceptable.

Committee members agreed the key to keeping the county’s recycling program solvent should start at home, with the ability to tell the difference between recyclable material and trash.

Suggestions to improve the program made during the committee discussion included painting the recycling bins a different color, increasing public awareness through better signage and reducing locations at which recycling is accepted until the county has a better result with the quality of the recycling program.