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Orange County Launches Zero Waste Survey, Schedules Public Meetings

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. We need your input on Orange County's Road to Zero Waste Plan: orangecountync.gov/ZeroWaste

Updated at 2:31 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2022: Online option added to Dec. 5 Carrboro meeting.

Orange County Solid Waste has released a survey and scheduled a series of public meetings seeking feedback on services and help in shaping its Road to Zero Waste master plan.

The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, asks people who live or work in Orange County to share their opinions on and experiences with current Orange County Solid Waste services. The survey will remain open through Dec. 7 and is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Burmese at www.orangecountync.gov/ZeroWaste. Results will help inform the department’s Road to Zero Waste master plan and will be presented to the county's Solid Waste Advisory Group.

For the plan’s purposes, zero waste is defined as: “The reduction of solid waste to nothing, or as close to nothing as possible, by minimizing excess consumption by means of responsible production, consumption, and reuse and maximizing the recovery of material through recycling and composting.” The plan aims to reach this goal in Orange County by 2045.

Public meetings

In addition to the survey, four public meetings will be held to give people who live or work in Orange County an opportunity to share feedback. Scheduled meetings are:

  • 6 p.m. Nov. 14  online via Zoom at www.orangecountync.gov/ZeroWasteMeeting, meeting ID: 897 8486 1008, passcode: 150500, dial-in option: 312-626-6799.
  • 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 ― Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B, 100 Library Drive in Chapel Hill (Mandarin translator present).
  • 10 a.m. Dec. 5  Bonnie B. Davis Environment and Agricultural Center, combined rooms 102 and 104, 1020 U.S. 70 in Hillsborough.
  • 7 p.m. Dec. 5  Carrboro Town Hall Town Council Meeting Room, 301 W. Main St. in Carrboro (Burmese and Spanish translators present). Also, online via Zoom at www.orangecountync.gov/ZeroWasteMeeting, meeting ID: 832 4692 4787, passcode: 364674, dial-in option: 301-715-8592.

The Orange County Solid Waste Management Department operates the Orange County Integrated Solid Waste Management facility, which includes the construction and demolition landfill, regulated material recycling, and mulch and compost sales. The department also manages the county’s comprehensive recycling collection programs for residents and businesses and five waste and recycling centers, including two with household hazardous waste and food waste drop-offs.

More information

For more information, email ZeroWaste@orangecountync.gov, call 919-968-2788, or visit the webpages below.