Transit Planning
CATS Talks Trash
Immediate Release - March 27, 2012

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) continues its efforts to help keep the Charlotte region a clean place to live with the installation of 54 green recycle bins at the LYNX Blue Line light rail stations. Join us as we fill the first recycle bin on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. on the Seventh Street Station platform. CATS Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Flowers, Charlotte City Councilwoman Claire Fallon, Solid Waste Services Director Victoria Johnson, and other special guests will help to kick off this new program called “Think Outside the Trash.” This robust recycling program is made possible by a 2011 Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant from the North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). CATS was awarded the $30,000 grant in June 2011.

DENR designed this grant to improve and implement waste reduction and recycling programs in North Carolina. “This will be a single source recycling program, making it easy and convenient for our patrons to use,” says Carolyn Flowers, CATS CEO. “Recycling is an easy way for everyone to participate in saving energy, protecting valuable resources and creating jobs for the community.”

The new LYNX recycling bins will hold aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper and card board materials. Non-recyclable items such as garbage, plastic bags, pizza boxes and Styrofoam should not be placed in the recycling containers, but in the trash bins provided on the light rail platforms.

To learn more about CATS and its services, please call 704-336-7433 or visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org.