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Greensboro, N.C., Deals with Illegal Dumping Problem

Furniture and larger household items that are illegally dumped at recycling stations create additional costs for the city.

Illegal dumping has become a problem at some Greensboro, N.C., recycling stations.

For the most part, residents follow the rules and recycle their paper, plastic and glass. But when people dump their furniture, mattresses, TVs and other household items at the stations, it becomes a real problem.

When unwanted items pile up at recycling stations, the city has to send out a truck and two to three workers to clean up the mess, which means additional tax money is being used. Now, the city has come up with a temporary solution to stop the illegal dumping.

Fox 8 News has more:

When it comes to Greensboro recycling stations, the location at Fire Station 43 in north Greensboro stands out.

"These sites are really popular," said Tori Carle, waste reduction supervisor for the City of Greensboro. "This is why you see five here. That's a lot of recycling dumpsters."

Most of the time, people follow the rules and recycle their paper, plastic and glass. But accidents do happen.

"We still see a lot of plastic bags," Carle said. "Plastic bags are our number one contaminant, especially in these guys because it's an easier way to transport the recycling."

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