SOLID waste MANAGEMENT
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Sustainability Report 2013
A
safe, efficient and effective waste
collection and disposal system protects
the natural environment while supporting
Raleigh’s vision to create a sustainable future for
generations to come. Dedication to quality service
and willingness to embrace new technologies build
customer and community partnerships.
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FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12
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of Materials Diverted from Landfill
Tons of Recycled Materials
RECYCLED MATERIALS
Tons of Recycled Material
Diversion Rate
STRATEGIC PLAN HIGHLIGHTS SUSTAINABILITY
The City’s five-year strategic plan sustainability goals for solid
waste include increasing efficiency through technology,
and expanding recycling and yard waste tonnage.
Routesmart, the City’s database planning tool,
considers terrain, equipment, and number of stops
to plot the most efficient routes and re-entry points.
This technology saves fuel, equipment costs, and
staff time. Trucks powered by biodiesel lower toxic
emissions and particulates.
RECYCLING TURNS TRASH INTO CASH
Continuing to grow the City’s progressive single-
stream recycling program takes commitment and a
passion for public education. Already considered a leader,
the City aggressively pursues grant funding to expand its reach.
Significant milestones include establishing a “swap shop;” adding
public recycling to parks, community centers, and downtown;
offering curbside electronics pickup; and exchanging residential
bins for 95-gallon roll carts. Newer recyclable materials, such
as spiral paper cans, are added frequently for customer
convenience. This also increases revenue from recycling and
avoided landfill fees at $63 per ton recycled, a total value of
$1,504,844 for fiscal year 2012.
COMPOST PROGRAM CREATES BLACK GOLD
Turning curbside yard waste into nutrient-rich, desirable compost
keeps organic materials out of the landfill and provides a
valuable product residents can purchase at a discount to
enhance lawns and gardens.
Collaborative state legislative efforts to redefine the National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting process for
a yard waste composting facility will save the City of Raleigh
$10 million annually.
BIG BELLY SOLAR TRASH
COMPACTORS ELIMINATE
WASTE IN COLLECTIONS
The City of Raleigh’s Big
Belly Solar waste and
recycling collection sys-
tem pilot project, part of
the
Clean is Green Raleigh
campaign, includes nearly 50 dual
stations installed throughout the city.
Installing this Made in the USA tech-
nology will save taxpayers’ money,
encourage sidewalk recycling and keep
streets cleaner. Funded by a federal
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block
Grant, these smart, high-tech solar-pow-
ered trash stations reduce overflows and
decrease the number of collection trips
by 80 percent, saving fuel use and carbon
emissions by the same amount while also
reducing both staff time for pickups and
the wear and tear on streets.
The compacting feature removes the
air volume of wasted space, and the
Collection Logistics Efficiency and
Notification (CLEAN) system emails Solid
Waste Services staff when the station
needs to be emptied, eliminating unnec-
essary trips. This provides an estimated
$38,000 annual savings in vehicle, labor
and maintenance costs for the first 20 sta-
tions installed.
$1,504,844 Recycling Value FY12