Last year, the city collected enough trash to fill up trash trucks stretching 11.4 miles from City Hall downtown to just north of the Snow’s Cut bridge! While that may sound like a lot, Wilmington trash customers kept about 13.7 million pounds of waste from going to the landfill by recycling.
In 2018, residential recycling customers recycled 8.3 percent more than they did in 2017. City residents recycled 131 tons per week, or more than ¾ ton per hour. Diverting trash from the landfill is not only better for the environment, but saves the city money. Recycling costs about half of what is costs to put trash in the landfill.
Recycling is an optional service offered to city trash customers at no additional charge. Many city trash customers save money on their bill by recycling because they can get a smaller size trash cart. The number of customers who choose to recycle has increased from less than half to more than 80 percent since the city began offering large, rollout recycling carts in 2012. Customers should call 341-7875 to receive a blue cart.