Should recycling be mandatory? Could there be a future for the collection of leftover food waste? What’s the plan for the local landfill 5, 10, 15 years down the road? These are the kind of questions that could be up for discussion during an upcoming series of public forums hosted by the Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Department.
Every three years, Mecklenburg County works with the State of North Carolina, Mecklenburg County residents, and local municipalities to create a ten-year Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP), a comprehensive strategy concerning the collection and processing of trash and recyclable material. The most recent SWMP was approved by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners in 2009.
The series of public focus groups, or “charrettes” (a term for a process to gather consensus around shared visions for planning and development), are set for January 26, 27 and 28 at the Hal Marshall County Services Center at 700 N. Tryon St. The charrette format was selected to provide residents and businesses a plain-language, fast-paced planning opportunity to express their interest in how our waste and commodities are managed, and how our environment will be protected and our natural resources preserved.
Registration for the charrette sessions, along with the current Solid Waste Management Plan and related resources, is available online at wipeoutwaste.com
. Any adult resident or representatives of businesses operating in Mecklenburg County may register to participate. Participants will be able to attend sessions of their interest. A complete listing of charrette sessions
is available online.
“Public input is an invaluable resource as we establish goals and programs for the handling of solid waste in a manner that meets the needs of our community,” said Bruce Gledhill, director of Mecklenburg County Solid Waste. “Residents and businesses have the opportunity to play a significant part in that decision-making during this process, and know that their questions, concerns and recommendations will be heard.”
Solid Waste Management Plan Charrette Schedule
Hal Marshall County Services Center
700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
- Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Opening Session and Orientation
- Friday, Jan. 27, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
- Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Breakout Sessions