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ABC permit holders must recycle bottles and cans by January 1; Mecklenburg County is offering help.

October 16, 2007

Mecklenburg County is offering help to ABC permit holders in recycling their bottles and cans. Beginning January 1, it will be law in North Carolina that many restaurants and bars must recycle their glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers.

Anyone who's ever been in a restaurant or bar at closing time knows how many bottles can accumulate during a busy dinner rush. Or during the final set of a great band. That translates into tons of glass and plastic heading to the landfill annually.

Beginning January 1, 2008, all North Carolina ABC permit holders will be required to recycle beverage containers. To help businesses in Mecklenburg County develop their recycling program, the County's Solid Waste and Recycling Department is offering help: a free business recycling workshop.

- Wednesday, November 7
- 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Q-and-A to follow)
- Hal Marshall County Services Center, Auditorium
- 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte

To register for the workshop, call 704-336-4304 or email . Space is limited, so register by November 2.

To answer questions, representatives will be available from Mecklenburg County Solid Waste and Recycling, the Health Department, the Business License Office, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the N.C. Department of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance, as well as recycling service providers.

About 725 businesses in Mecklenburg County fall under the new law. It states: "Holders of on premises malt beverage permits, on premises unfortified wine permits, on premises fortified wine permits, and mixed beverages permits shall separate, store, and provide for the collection for recycling of all recyclable beverage containers of all beverages sold at retail on the premises." The law will also ban the containers from disposal in the general waste stream. ( Session Law 2005-348)

To learn more about business recycling in Mecklenburg County, visit or call the Business Recycling Infoline at 704-432-3200.

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