In addition to educating Charlotte on the circular economy and how to close the loop on our waste, the Innovation Barn actively collects material from the public to be recycled, up-cycled, and/or put back into the circular economy.
Before we dive into what you can bring, it is important to know where it’s going.
Currently in Mecklenburg County, single-family residences have a green curbside bin which collects the following materials:
These items are collected by the City and taken to a County-managed Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where they are sorted, baled, and sold to the commodity markets to make new products.
If everyone did this correctly, the MRF would hum right along and every one of these items would be recycled into new products. News Flash – People Can’t Follow the Instructions. “Wishful Recycling” is when someone “wishes” that something is recyclable and places it in the curbside bin incorrectly. This contaminates the process at the MRF and can cause material otherwise recyclable to be sent to the landfill.
For those residents that don’t have a green curbside bin but would like to recycle correctly, the Innovation Barn has partnered with Mecklenburg County to provide a blue bin for the material listed above and a yellow bin specifically for glass. You can drop this material off at the Innovation Barn 24/7.