The blue recycling bins that now decorate Orange County’s neighborhoods are bigger and more technologically advanced than previous bins.
The wheeled bins are part of an effort by the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department to encourage residents to recycle more material more often.
But some residents disagree with the decision to use the larger bins.
The Shady Lawn Road neighborhood near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is lined with woodsy, brown houses tucked below street level, many with steep, narrow staircases leading to their front door, meaning residents have to wheel the larger carts to a central road. Before, they could bring the smaller bins to the top of their driveway.
Elizabeth Moore, who lives on Shady Lawn Road, said there should be an alternate option for residents in areas like hers in a letter to the Chapel Hill Town Council.
“I pay taxes like everyone else and don’t understand why, now, I cannot recycle at curbside,” she said in her letter.
The Solid Waste Management Department provides alternate recycling options for the elderly and disabled, but not for other community members.
Each new 95-gallon bin contains a monitored computer chip. The computer chips report when each bin is picked up by a collector.