As of Oct. 1, plastic bottles are no longer welcome in North Carolina landfills. The goal of the ban is to enhance plastic recycling efforts and, subsequently, protect the environment while improving economic conditions.

Currently, almost four out of every five plastic soda containers, water bottles, milk jugs and detergent bottles — almost 288 million pounds — are thrown away in North Carolina each year, according to a press release from Greensboro, N.C. The city ranks seventh in the state for recycling efforts, and officials are encouraging residents to increase their recycling practices to help the plastic bottle disposal ban succeed.

If all the plastic bottles used in the state were recycled, more than 2.4 billion additional plastic bottles would be kept out of landfills annually. In addition to the ban on plastic bottles, used motor oil filters also will be banned from landfills beginning Oct. 1. More information is available at

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