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Johnston County explores more recycling options

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Recycling in Johnston County, is harder than you might think. Many towns don't offer curbside recycling. Instead the county has twelve drop-off sites. Officials met earlier this month to tackle the very subject, as people are calling for the county to provide more recycling services. But are they willing to pay for it?

At a Smithfield convenience site, folks from all over Johnston County have been recycling their television sets and their plastic. When we asked Selma resident Richard Oliver if he wanted curbside recycling, he said yes, but it depended on how much more he had to pay for it.

Money, or the lack thereof, is exactly what's stopping Johnston County from recycling as much as their neighboring counties. "It's got to be convenient" said Richard Proctor, Johnston County's Solid Waste Manager. He said right now he's getting calls to make recycling more convenient, but said currently "a lot of people just don't do it."

But Pine Level resident, Bob Harvey said he doesn't need curbside recycling. "The site is convenient. I could go on my schedule and not when that truck wants to come."

Right now there are no immediate plans for changes. Proctor said it could be a few more years before the county can make recycling more convenient. 

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