Nags Head to offer subscription-based curbside recycling, split cost with property owners

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After cancelling the service last year due to rising costs and problems with materials actually being recycled, the Town of Nags Head will now offer subscription-based recyclables pick-up and will split the monthly bill with homeowners.

Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners agreed Wednesday to accept a bid from by TFC Recycling of Chesapeake to provide the service for $14 per month per residence. The board also voted to subsidize the cost by $5 per residence, leaving a final price tag of $9 per month for each.

“Reducing waste not only decreases the volume of material being sent to landfills, it also conserves other resources such as the trees, aluminum, and petroleum used to make new materials,” said Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon.

“To demonstrate how much we support curbside recycling and waste reduction efforts, our Board will be subsidizing the cost of the service,” Cahoon said. “Based on our knowledge of the subscription rates in other nearby locales, the fee for our homeowners in Nags Head is likely the lowest in our immediate region.”

According to a news release, the town still needs to contract with TFC but hopes to have the service in place by this summer.

Because TFC plans to collect recyclables on Mondays all year long, the town will fine-tune its trash collection schedules to accommodate the new service. In addition, town staff will work on a plan for the blue recycling carts now at each Nags Head residence.

In May 2020, Nags Head suspended its town-wide curbside recycling service due to several recycling industry issues such as the collapsing market for recyclables and the rising costs to process the material.

The town had temporarily allowed its previous recycling vendor, Bay Disposal, to haul Nags Head’s materials to a waste-to-energy facility in Portsmouth, which was the only affordable option to continue the service.

However, Nags Head officials determined it was not consistent with the contract since the materials were not actively being recycled.

Other towns and communities on the Outer Banks have also shifted away from providing curbside recycling for similar reasons.

This led to a re-evaluation of the program by the Waste Reduction Task Force and ultimately to the board’s decision to move to a subscription-based service with a company focused solely on recycling.

As Virginia’s largest residential curbside recycler, TFC provides recycling services for over 700,000 households and operates their own automated recycling processing facility. Therefore, they have the capacity to haul, market and sell recyclables, providing a stable outlet for the materials they will collect from Nags Head’s homeowners.

To further support recycling and waste reduction efforts for non-subscribers, the town plans to increase the volume of recyclables that can be accepted at its Town Hall and Public Works recycling collection sites.

Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners and Town staff would like to thank the members of its Waste Reduction Task Force for their diligent assistance and their thoughtful recommendations.

Monitor nagsheadnc.gov/recycling for more updates on the service including how to subscribe. For more information on TFC, visit their web site tfcrecycling.com.

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