North Carolina Bans Plastic Bottles from Landfills

On Oct. 1, North Carolina will institute a ban that prohibits the disposal of plastic bottles in state landfills. Officials hope the ban will bolster plastic recycling efforts in the state, yielding environmental and economic benefits.

According to a press release from the city of Greensboro, N.C., almost four out of every five plastic soda containers, water bottles, milk jugs and detergent bottles — almost 288 million pounds of plastic — are thrown away in North Carolina each year. Recycling all of the plastic bottles used in the state would divert more than 2.4 billion plastic bottles from landfills annually.

In addition to the ban on plastic bottles, a landfill ban on used motor oil filters will also take effect in the state beginning Oct. 1.